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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Debapriya Bhattacharya

Centre for Policy Dialogue
Chair, LDC IV Monitor and Distinguished Fellow
Debapriya Bhattacharya, PhD is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, where he was its first Executive Director. Former Bangladesh Ambassador to WTO and UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna; Coordinator of LDC Group in the UN system and Special Advisor on LDCs to Secretary General, UNCTAD. Educated in Dhaka, Moscow and Oxford; Senior Fulbright Fellow at Center for Global Governance (CGD), Washington DC. Sits in International Advisory Board of Oxford Development Studies and South Asia Economic Journal, Governing Board of BRAC International. Chairs LDC IV Monitor - an international partnership providing independent assessment of delivery of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for LDCs; and Southern Voice on Post-MDGs - a network of 50 think tanks from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Recent edited book Southern Perspectives on Post-2015 International Development Agenda, Routledge: London (2016). Forthcoming edited volume Bangladesh's Graduation from the Least Developed Countries Group: Pitfalls and Promises, Routledge.