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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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Pierre Tami

Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia
CEO
Pierre Tami, originally from Switzerland, is a social entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in Asia. He is the founder of Shift360 Foundation which facilitates sustainable economic opportunities for Cambodian youth in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Pierre is also the founder of the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia, the country’s first internationally-recognized post-secondary culinary academy, which reduces Cambodia’s skills-gap and trains students to be qualified for the hospitality sector. In 1994, Pierre founded Hagar Cambodia, a leader in social rehabilitation programs and commercial businesses for victims of abuse, violence, and human trafficking. Pierre is co-owner of restaurants and food businesses that contribute to Cambodia’s economic development. He serves as the Personal Advisor to the Prime Minister of Cambodia, is Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Cambodia of IBC heading the Investment Conference Subcommittee and the Education Summit, and has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation as a social entrepreneur since 2004. Pierre has received numerous international awards including TIP Hero, US Department of State; Outstanding Social Entrepreneur, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Medal of the Royal Order of Sahametrei, King of Cambodia; Gold Medal, Prime Minister of Cambodia; Brandenberger Prize, Brandenberger Foundation. Pierre is married and has three daughters and three grandchildren.