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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Martha Byanyima

COMESA Secretariat
SPS Expert
I am a Food Technologist, with over 25 years work experience in the field of food safety and industry development. I have worked on policy/regulatory issues as well as on food safety systems in a wide range of food sectors in East and Southern Africa; supporting government regulatory agencies and processing facilities. Currently, I work with the Common Market for East and Southern Africa; as the lead expert on sanitary and sanitary matters; bringing my expertise on food safety and SPS matters in general, into the African integration agenda. My role is to ensure SPS regulatory systems are simplified/harmonized to facilitate smooth intra-regional and global trade whilst ensuring the protection of human, plant and animal health from imminent and emerging risks. I have private interests in cattle ranching, milk and beef supply chains, supporting small holder beef and dairy producers on value addition, food safety and quality management.