The Forum will bring together leaders from governments, donors, international organizations, business and academia to foster trade action in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and inspire deeper collaborations and commitments in support of further LDC integration into global and regional trade.
2018 is a turning point for LDCs and trade, with a growing trade gap between developed nations and the world’s poorest countries and increasing instability in the world economy. The momentum we generate this year must lead to further integration of LDCs into trade at multiple scales into the future.  
At the Forum, leaders and practitioners from around the world will share what they have achieved on trade development in LDCs to date, with Aid for Trade complementing national initiatives, and will commit to doing more to ensure LDCs integrate and benefit from global trade. It will culminate in a call to action to leverage trade to combat poverty and inequality and to create a more inclusive trading system. 
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Carolyn Rodriguez Birkett

Liaison Office with the United Nations at Geneva
Ms. Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett (Guyana) started her career in 1989 as a school teacher. From 1995 to 2001 she was responsible for coordinating an Indigenous Peoples Programme funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. She then served her Government as Minister of Amerindian Affairs (Indigenous Peoples) from 2001 to 2008 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Cooperation from 2008 to May 2015. Concurrently, Ms. Rodrigues Birkett served as a Member of Parliament from 2001-2015, having been elected on three occasions.
In September 2015, Ms. Birkett joined FAO as Coordinator, Parliamentary Alliances in the Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC). She was appointed Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations at Geneva in August 2017, where she is currently serving.