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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Judith Fessehaie

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Trade and Development Manager
Judith Fessehaie is a Programme Manager and leads the ICTSD’s Trade and Development programme. Before joining ICTSD, Judith worked as a senior consultant at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), Johannesburg, in the area of industrial development and regional industrialisation for international bodies, and national and local institutions. She was also Senior Lecturer for the MPhil in Industrial Policy run by UN IDEP – University of Johannesburg. Prior to that, Judith worked for eight years as a trade and industrial development advisor at TradeMark Southern Africa, the Zambia's Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat as well as short-term consultancies with the World Bank, UNECA, and UNIDO, among others./p>
Judith holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, where she was also associated with the Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) centre. She also holds a MA in Development Economics from Norwich University, a post-graduate diploma in International Trade Law from the Università di Torino, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Università di Milano.