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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Kerstin Jonsson Cissé

Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
Head, Global Economy Unit
Mrs Kerstin Jonsson Cissé currently heads the Unit for Globally Sustainable Economic Development at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and is responsible for the implementation of the strategy on Global Action for Sustainable Economic Development, which includes support for free and fair trade, agriculture, private sector development, entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to her current role, Mrs Cissé has, among other, worked as the Lead Policy Specialist on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and was Country Director for the Swedish International Development Agency’s cooperation with Mali and Burkina Faso.
Mr Cissé has spent 11 years in West Africa working with agroforestry, humanitarian and post-conflict development cooperation.
Mrs Cissé holds a doctoral degree from the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences with focus on agroforestry and soil science and her doctoral thesis focused on Burkina Faso and Tanzania. She has a special interest for the Sahelian region and resilience.