Hearings: Inquiry into the UK’s Africa Free Trade initiative: Expert Roundtables 2017-10-08T11:56:18+01:00

Expert Roundtable I 

Time: 7 March 2016, 16:00 – 18:00

Location: Committee Room 18, House of Commons

Chair: Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP


  • 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 and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP)
  • Geoffrey Osoro – Trade Coordinator, East African Community Secretariat

The participants discussed the following topics:

  • African Continental Free Trade Area
  • COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area
  • Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa
  • Sub-regional economic integration in Africa
  • Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Africa

Expert Roundtable II

Time: 3 May 2016, 13:30 – 15:00

Location: Committee Room W3, House of Commons

Chair: Prof. Myles Wickstead


  • Mr. Michael Gidney, CEO, Fairtrade Foundation
  • Ms. Liz May, Head, Policy & Advocacy, Traidcraft
  • Ms. Stella Opoku-Owusu, Engagement & Capacity Manager, AFFORD

The participants discussed the following topics:

  • Trade & SDGs
  • Gender aspects of trade
  • Role of SMEs, informal cross border traders and smallholder farmers
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