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 Pope

Vice President Customs and Regulatory Affairs Europe
Steven has been at DHL Express, Europe since 2011 where he is responsible for Customs regulatory Affairs, Trade Compliance and Trade Facilitation.
Before joining DHL, Steven spent 26 in the Public Sector, working for HM Customs, HM Treasury and the IMF, working in areas such as, trade compliance, taxation policy and trade reform.
In 2015 Steven joined the Steering Group of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a public private partnership focusing on helping countries to ratify and implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Steven sits on a number of public/private  trade advisory groups and recently contributed to a Commonwealth report on trade and development.
Steven’s approach to public / private collaboration was shaped by a secondment whilst a Civil Servant to BMW in Munich to learn about the impact of Government Policy on business as part of a post graduate study programme.

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