Least Developed Countries call for inclusive trade action

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: 13h00, Thursday, 14 June 2018


  • Vice President of The Gambia Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang
  • Her Royal Highness Princess of Burkina Faso Abze Djigma
  • Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Central African Republic H.E. Hassan Come
  • Minister of State for Trade of Uganda Werikhe Michael Kafabusa
  • WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah
  • UK Mission to the UN Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative Andrew Staines


(GENEVA) - Despite signs of stronger trade, there are rising trade tensions and continuing protectionism in the world today. The time is now to act to further integrate Least Developed Countries (LDCs) into an inclusive trading world.

At this critical time, the Vice President of The Gambia, the Princess of Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic Minister of Commerce and Industry and the Uganda Minister of State for Trade have come together to call for trade action in LDCs. Recognizing that trade is an engine for sustainable growth, advocating for the multilateral trading system and committing to trade that supports women, small businesses and youth, they will affirm a Call to Action on the same.

They are coming together at the Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 13-14 June at the WTO, the first event of its kind exclusively dedicated to achieving inclusive trade in the world's poorest nations.

As discussants and supporters of inclusive trade, WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah and the UK Mission to the UN Ambassador Andrew Staines will also be commenting.

Media are cordially invited to the two-day event and the Press Conference.



The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is the only multilateral partnership dedicated exclusively to assisting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in their use of trade as an engine for growth, sustainable development and poverty reduction. The EIF partnership of 51 countries, 24 donors and 8 partner agencies works closely with governments, development organizations, civil society and academia. Together we leverage our collective know-how, reach and reputation to tackle the world’s most pressing trade-for-development issues. 

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Deanna Ramsay

Communications Officer                            

Enhanced Integrated Framework

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