DEVELOPMENT: INTEGRATED FRAMEWORK

Foro Mundial sobre Comercio Inclusivo para los PMA

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. 

Geneva, WTO Headquarters Room CR

Wednesday, June 13

Opening Plenary

Opening Ceremony “Minding the trade gap: What lies ahead for LDCs / Les disparités dans les échanges”09:30 – 10:30

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Sarah Beeching, Executive Director, Oschun Partnership

Speakers:

  • Roberto Azêvedo, Director General, World Trade Organization
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  • Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization
  • Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO, UK Mission to the WTO
  • Hassan Come, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Central African Republic
  • Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, Vice President, The Gambia
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Short break

Multilateral and Regional Trading Systems

Forging new paths for LDCs in multilateral and regional trade 10:45 - 12:15

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Sean Doherty, Head, International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum

Speakers:

  • Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  • Werikhe Michael Kafabusa, Minister of State for Trade, Uganda
  • The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC, Secretary-General, Commonwealth
  • Kamrang TEKRETH, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
  • Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute Geneva

Networking

Parallel Activities in the Knowledge Sharing Pavillion
12:15 - 14:15

Networking

Reception: Strategic partnership for trade development — EIF and the Commonwealth Secretariat
12:30 - 12:45

Speakers

  • Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the EIF, EIF
  • Karl Brauner, Deputy Director-General, WTO
  • The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC, Secretary-General, Commonwealth

Multilateral and Regional Trading Systems

Agriculture and Trade — a winning combination? 14:15 - 15:45

Moderators:

  • Michael Roberts, Head, Aid for Trade, WTO

Speakers:

  • Carolyn Rodriguez Birkett, Liaison Office with the United Nations at Geneva, FAO
  • Martha Byanyima, SPS Expert, COMESA Secretariat
  • Griffin Nyirongo, EIF Coordinator, National Implementation Unit, Department of Foreign Trade Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
  • Melvin Spreij, Head, Standards and Trade Development Facility Secretariat
  • José Graziano da Silva, Director General, FAO

Multilateral and Regional Trading Systems

The Trade Facilitation Agreement: What does it mean for LDCs?14:15 - 15:45

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Sheri Rosenow, Counsellor, World Trade Organization

Speakers:

  • Lillian Bwalya, Director of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
  • Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Richard Kamajugo, Senior Director Trade Environment, TradeMark East Africa
  • Steven Pope, Vice President Customs and Regulatory Affairs Europe, DHL
  • Carlos Grau Tanner, Director General, Global Express Association

Coffee and tea break

Inclusive Trade and Economic Growth

Talking trade strategies for small businesses, women, and youth 16:00 – 17:30

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Daniela Zehentner-Capell, Head of division, trade policy Division, Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic

Speakers:

  • Abze Djigma, Her Royal Highness Princess, Burkina Faso
  • Kule Galma, Youth Representative, Somalia
  • Hon. Henry Amon Robin Mussa, M.P., Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Malawi
  • Laila Said-Hassane, Directrice Exécutive, Mutuelle d’Epargne et de Crédit , Union des Comores
  • Laila Said-Hassane, Mutuelle d’Epargne et de Crédit , Union des Comores
  • Pierre Tami, CEO, Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia
  • Abze Djigma, Her Royal Highness Princess, Burkina Faso

Welcome Reception: Celebrating the call to action
17:45 - 19:00


Thursday, June 14

Inclusive Trade and Economic Growth

Dragons’ Den: Bright ideas for inclusive trade development in LDCs 09:30 – 10:30

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Sarah Beeching, Executive Director, Oschun Partnership
  • Annette Ssemuwemba, Deputy Executive Director, EIF

Speakers:

  • Kerstin Jonsson Cissé, Head, Global Economy Unit, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
  • Heather Ducharme, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, The body shop
  • Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission/DEVCO
  • Andrew Staines, Ambassador Deputy Permanent Representative (Economic), Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations Office
  • Betty Chinyamunyamu, Chief Executive Officer, National Smallholder Farmers Association (NASFAM), Malawi
  • Damchae Den, Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE), Bhutan
  • Alberta Vitale, Associate Director of Samoa’s Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), Samoa

Coffee and tea break

Multilateral and Regional Trading Systems

Acting strategically to scale up LDC trade integration in the Asia-Pacific 10:45 - 12:15

Audio

Moderators:

  • Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the EIF, EIF

Speakers:

  • Mere Falemaka, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of The Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO
  • Long Kemvichet, Director, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia
  • Pranav Kumar, Director and Head International trade policy, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Tan Yee Woan, Ambassador, Singapore

Multilateral and Regional Trading Systems

Free trade in Africa: How can LDCs benefit? 10:45 - 12:15

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Judith Fessehaie, Trade and Development Manager, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

Speakers:

  • Kanayo Awani, Managing director, Intra Africa trade initiative AFREXIMBANK
  • Joy Kategekwa, Head, UNCTAD regional office for Africa
  • David Luke, African Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Michel Sebera, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda

Networking

Parallel Activities in the Knowledge Sharing Pavilion
12:15 - 14:15

Networking

Reception: Strategic partnership for trade development — EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
12:30 - 13:30

Speakers

  • Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the EIF, EIF
  • Mere Falemaka, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of The Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO
  • Eloi Laourou, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin in Geneva, Chair of the EIF Board

Global Agricultural Value Chains

Strengthening inclusive agribusiness for export growth 14:15 - 15:45

Audio  Video

Moderators:

  • Simon Hess, Coordinator, EIF

Speakers:

  • Steven Dimitriyev, Lead Private Sector Specialist for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, World Bank
  • Heather Ducharme, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, The body shop
  • Matiti Trish Kabi, Alosang Enterprise, Lesotho
  • Saïd Abdou Salime, EIF Coordinator, National Implementation Unit, Ministry of Economy, Planning, Energy, Tourism, Private Sector of the Investments and Land Affairs
  • Robert Skidmore, Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, ITC

Inclusive Trade and Economic Growth

Making the connections between inclusive trade, economic growth, and LDC graduation 14:15 - 15:45

Audio

Moderators:

  • Shishir Priyadarshi, Director, Development Division, WTO

Speakers:

  • Debapriya Bhattacharya, Chair, LDC IV Monitor and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue
  • Daniel Gay, Inter-regional Adviser, UNDESA
  • Jodie Keane, Economic Advisor, Trade division, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Willie Luen, Head of Aid Coordination and Negotiation Unit,Prime minister's Office, Vanuatu
  • Fulisia Saleuesile, Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Samoa

Networking

Closing ceremony: Continuing the conversation
16:00 - 16:30

Video

  Moderators:

  • Daniel Blockert, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sweden to WTO, Chair of EIF Steering Committee

Speakers:

  • Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the EIF, EIF
  • Fanta Cissé, Secretary General, Ministry of Trade of Guinea
  • Eloi Laourou, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin in Geneva, Chair of the EIF Board
  • Ann Linde, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

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