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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Pranav Kumar

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Director and Head International trade policy
New Delhi, India
Pranav Kumar holds an M.Phil degree in Economics from IIT Bombay. He has over 22 years of professional experience in teaching, research, project management and policy advocacy with primary expertise on trade and development and regional economic integration. Since February 2012, he has been working as head of International Trade Policy with India’s apex business chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). As a head of international trade policy division, he engages closely with the Government of India (GoI) and industry members across all sectors on all aspects of Trade Negotiation and Policy Formulation and builds a CII position on International and Trade Policy which feeds into the negotiation process for the Government of India. Previously he worked as a Senior Trade Policy Advisor with the joint international trade policy team (India Trade Policy Unit) of British High Commission and DFID India.