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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Griffin Nyirongo

Department of Foreign Trade Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
EIF Coordinator, National Implementation Unit
Griffin holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University College Dublin (National University of Ireland) and a Batchelor Arts in Economics (University of Zambia), and has over 30 years’ experience of progressive growth and experience gained in working in diverse settings and organisations in academia, government, international organisations and private sector. His work has been in Macro-economic Analysis, Policy Development and Analysis, Business Development Services, Entrepreneurship Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Programme / Project Design and Strategic Planning, Labour and Employment Issues. Griffin has worked in various countries and settings and boasts of vast experience in management, policy formulation and harmonization, networking, and negotiating. Griffin currently serves as Project Coordinator of the National Implementation Unit Sustenance and Capacity Enhancement (NIUSCE) Project of the Enhanced Integrated Framework Programme in Zambia providing support to the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry to promote trade mainstreaming and build institutional capacity in the Country.