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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Steven Dimitriyev

World Bank
Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia
Steven Dimitriyev is the World Bank’s Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, based in Dar es Salaam, from where he oversees the regional programs in trade and private sector development. In Tanzania since June 2016, after serving in Mozambique for the Indian Ocean region (Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros), preceded by similar assignments in the DR Congo and Nigeria. His areas of focus are industrial competitiveness, business regulation, trade facilitation, and regional integration, in support of industrialization through agribusiness and manufacturing value addition. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2008, Steven advised the governments of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Nigeria, after several years as manager with Accenture and in the US manufacturing industry.