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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Eleonora Canigiani

Food Systems Programme Advisor, Business Development
Eleonora Canigiani is Business Development Advisor with the Food Systems Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She has extensive experience in analyzing agriculture and trade related strategies and investment plans, and in building partnerships and mobilizing resources for their implementation. She also works on issues related to the governance of trade and agriculture policy-making processes, and on policy coherence, especially in Africa and in Least Developed Countries.
Before joining FAO, she worked with the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and with the International Fund for Agricultural Development. She also worked with private companies mainly in the area of external relations and business development between Italy and China.
She holds a degree in Foreign Languages with a major in Chinese language and culture, and additional courses in Development Economics from Rome University la Sapienza, a Master in Marketing Management, and a postgraduate specialization in Administration, Audit and Finance from LUISS Business School.

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