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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Jodie Keane

Commonwealth Secretariat
Economic Advisor, Trade division
The Commonwealth Secretariat has recently undertaken a six month project on Graduation from Least Developed Country status. This process has included a specific contribution to the Gradjet platform being developed by the UN Committee for Development Policy, on trade related adjustment - the Global Value Chain perspective. This framework has then been applied to the Solomon Islands as part of our broader assistance related to LDC graduation issues. We are also exploring the relationship between Aid for Trade disbursements and graduation from LDC status.
The work currently undertaken within the International Trade Policy Division on LDC trade issues relates to the broader agenda of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda.