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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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Daniel Gay

UNDESA
Inter-regional Adviser
Daniel Gay is an inter-regional adviser on least developed countries (LDCs) with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Daniel has provided trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building support to over 25 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, East Asia and the South Pacific. This included 12 Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies under the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). Daniel has focused particularly on the issues and challenges surrounding trade and LDC graduation. He is working on how to ensure that LDCs benefit as much as possible from international support measures directed at those countries. His latest paper is on industrial policy toward the pharmaceutical industry in Bangladesh. In addition he has published on economic methodology, human development and the improvement of productive capacities for trade and sustainable development. Daniel Gay holds a PhD in economics, a Masters degree in economics, a Masters in political theory and an Honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics.