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APPG-TOP’s charity partner, Trade Out of Poverty, will be participating and/or organising fringe events at three national party conferences this Autumn.

For further information, please contact Ms Alex Hancock, Fringe Events Co-ordinator at Trade Out of Poverty via email TOP@saana.com


Liberal Democrat Party Conference
At the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, Trustee of Trade Out of Poverty, Tom Pengelly will be participating in a fringe event panel discussion organised by Bond on 17th September. The theme of this panel is “What is the future of UK aid and economic cooperation in our turbulent world?” Participants will discuss their ideas for the future of UK aid and whether aid needs a radical overhaul.

Venue: Bayview Suite 1, Bournemouth International Centre
Date: Sunday 17th September
Time: 16:30 – 17:30


Labour Party Conference

At Labour Party Conference, Trade Out of Poverty is co-hosting a fringe event with the Overseas Development Institute themed around UK-Africa trade and investment post Brexit. The UK’s decision to exit the European Union has put a spotlight on our trade and investment relationships around the world. For developing nations in Africa, trade and investment can be an important means to reduce poverty and achieve development goals – and the UK is a crucial partner in this process.

Venue: Eugenie Room, The Grand Hotel, Brighton
25th September
16:00pm – 18:00pm


Barry Gardiner MP  –  @BarryGardiner – Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change

Chi Onwurah MP@ChiOnwurah – Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy and Chair of the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group

Patrick Obath – @pobath – Managing Consultant, Eduardo Associates, Kenya

Maximiliano Mendez-Parra – @m_mendezparra – Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

More details for this event can be found at the ODI website: goo.gl/VHV7Vu


Conservative Party Conference

Trade Out of Poverty, in partnership with AECOM and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), is co-hosting a fringe event at Conservative Party Conference 2017, in Manchester, 2nd October, from 21:30pm – 23:00pm.

The theme of our fringe event is “Trading & Investing into Prosperity in the Commonwealth”, which is particularly timely given the current high levels of interest in future UK trade and development policy post Brexit, and the UK Government hosting the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018.

Venue: The Rolls Suite, The Midland Hotel, Secure Zone, 16 Peter Street, Manchester
Date: 2 October 2017
Time: 21:30pm – 23:00pm


James Cleverly MP – @JamesCleverly – MP for Braintree and Chair of APPG-TOP

Dr Dirk Willem Te Velde – @DWteVelde – Principal Research Fellow and Head of the International Economic Development Group at the Overseas Development Institute

Dan Hannan MEP – @DanielJHannan

Rt Hon Priti Patel (tbc) – @patel4witham – Secretary of State for International Development

This event is taking place in the Midland Hotel, which is in the Secure Zone. Although you do not need to present your ticket to attend, you will need a valid CPC Pass to enter the Secure Zone. Refreshments will be provided, and the event starts at 21:30pm.

RSVP to Ms Alex Hancock, Fringe Events Co-ordinator at Trade Out of Poverty via email:  TOP@saana.com or via Eventbrite: goo.gl/L4iA4F

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