Co-Chair of Trade Out of Poverty, Peter Lilley, was interviewed yesterday on Colourful Radio – a station broadcasting in the UK that has been described as the “voice of the African Diaspora”.
Peter was invited to take part in their breakfast show as part of a programme called Africa-UK, which aims to engage the African Diaspora with policy-makers; raising awareness among the African Diaspora of the work parliamentarians do of relevance to Africa.
Discussing TOP’s work, Peter emphasised that, “Africa needs what everyone, everywhere needs – opportunity. If we open markets, they will grow.” He emphasised how infrastructure is key to business growth and that enterprise will then fuel the rest of the development agenda.
Peter’s remarks were seconded by his fellow panellist, Humphrey Barclay, the well-known comedy producer turned development executive, who said, “To enable growth is not patronising, it is facilitative.”
Peter also highlighted the need for Europe to emulate the American’s US-African Growth and Opportunity Act, accelerating the development of what is now the fastest growing area of the world.
The Podcast for the interview can be found here (22.50 – 34.00)