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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Eloi Laourou

Chair of the EIF Board
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin in Geneva
H.E. Mr Eloi Laourou is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations Based in Geneva and Vienna.
A diplomat by career, he has more than 30 years of professional experience in the diplomatic function.
Previously, he was Coordinator of the Group of the LDCs in the WTO, and he is Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Trade and Development of the Francophonie in Geneva.
H.E. Mr Laourou holds a Doctorate in International Law and International Relations.