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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Mia Mikic

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Master in International Business from St. Mary’s College of California and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Zagreb.Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an open network of research and academic institutions and think-tanks in the Asia-Pacific region.Led development of the ESCAP Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Agreements Database which monitors trade performance of the trade agreements for the regional economies.Oversees preparation of Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report, an ESCAP flagship publication in trade and investment area.Current work focuses on the impacts of preferential and multilateral trade liberalization, services trade liberalization, non-tariff protection, Aid for Trade and evidence-based policymaking in trade.Former Professor of International Economics at University of Zagreb and Senior Lecturer at Economics Department, University of Auckland.Received University of Oxford Fellowship (International Development Department), Salzburg Seminar Fellowship and MITI, Japan Fellowship.