10 Commonwealth policy priorities for trade and development

The Commonwealth, with its historic links between states, a population of 2.3 billion, a combined economy of more than $10 trillion and annual GDP growth in excess of 4%, is uniquely placed to become a driving force behind global trade for development. Commonwealth Ministers convened for the first time in London from 9-10 March 2017 [...]

High Level Roundtable on Africa & the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty (APPG-TOP), in collaboration with the UK Government’s Trade Policy Group, a joint Department of DFID, DIT and FCO, organised a High Level Roundtable on the subject of "Africa & the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: from Ratification to Implementation”. The invitation-only event took place on Wednesday 8th March from [...]

Launch of the Final Report of the AFTi Inquiry

Launch of the Final Report of the AFTi Inquiry The United Kingdom’s Africa Free Trade Initiative (AFTi) was launched in 2011 to help African countries to integrate into the world trade system. To mark the fifth anniversary of the scheme, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty appointed an Inquiry Committee of distinguished [...]

Written Evidence

Written Submissions We received written submissions supporting the Inquiry into UK's Africa Free Trade initiative from the following individuals and organisations. Full list of individuals and organisations:   African Centre for Economic Transformation Ana Gallo Alvarez Anabel Gonzalez, World Bank Centre for Research on Economic Developement and International Trade, University of Nottingham (Chris Milner, Oliver [...]

Hearings: Inquiry into the UK’s Africa Free Trade initiative: Evidence from Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP

Evidence from Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP Former Secretary of State for International Development 2010-2012    

Hearings: Inquiry into the UK’s Africa Free Trade initiative

  Tuesday, 12 July, 2016   Inquiry Committee Members attended Lord Stephen Green, Lord Paul Boateng   Format of hearings 10 minutes speech from each participant, followed by Q&A with Committee Members 10:30 – 12:45, Interview Room, Norman Shaw North Dr. David Luke, Director of Africa Trade Policy Centre, UNECA Mr. Bimal Kantaria, Board Director, Kenya [...]

New article published in Bridges Africa

This article is published under Bridges Africa, Volume 5 - Number 3 Five years on, the progress and the future of the UK’s Africa Free Trade initiative With recent developments in trade and regional integration in Africa, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty is launching an inquiry into the progress and future of [...]

Hearings: Inquiry into the UK’s Africa Free Trade initiative: Expert Roundtables

Expert Roundtable I  Time: 7 March 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 Location: Committee Room 18, House of Commons Chair: Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP Participants: David Luke – Coordinator, African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Babajide Sodipo – Regional Trade Adviser, African Union Commission David Primack – Executive Director, International Lawyers [...]

Public Seminar: Outcomes and Implications for Developing Countries from the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference

16:00 - 18:00, 22 February 2016, Committee Room 16, House of Commons Keynote speaker: Mr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development Chair: Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty Panellists: Mr. Darlington Mwape, Senior Fellow, ICTSD; former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the WTO Mr. Cristián Rodríguez Chiffelle, Lead, [...]

TOP event: “Economic Partnership Agreements: The Final Countdown”

Yesterday, TOP and the African All Party Parliamentary Group co-hosted a panel of experts to discuss the topic “Economic Partnership Agreements: The Final Countdown”. In the run up to the EU-Africa Summit taking place next week (2nd April), Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have been dominating the discussions. EPA negotiations have been in progress for over [...]