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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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Joy Kategekwa

UNCTAD regional office for Africa
Head
Joy Kategekwa
Dr. Joy Kategekwa holds a Ph.D. in international trade law from the University of Berne’s World Trade Institute.  She has 15 years’ experience in trade negotiations, policy advisory and capacity building.  As Head of the UNCTAD Regional Office for Africa, she leads trade capacity building work in Africa and has gained for UNCTAD a much-respected reputation as a partner of choice amongst the AUC, its Members and Regional Economic Communities. Before UNCTAD, she was an official at the WTO Secretariat, responsible for the WTO African Group and played a key role in strengthening African participation in the Doha Development Agenda of negotiations.  Previously, she led Oxfam International’s trade and investment policy advisory work in the Geneva Advocacy Office and the South Centre’s programme on international trade in services.  She is the author of “Opening Markets for Foreign Skills: How Can the WTO help” and teaches at leading trade training institutions.