Two Co-Chairs of Trade Out of Poverty, Hilary Benn and Peter Lilley, had a very positive meeting with the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis on Wednesday to discuss the objectives of Trade Out of Poverty. Ivan Lewis said the crucial importance of trade needs to be reflected in the new post-2015 global development framework. TOP welcomed this and promised to work on how to formulate a Trade Goal for the revised MDGs.
The meeting also discussed the planned campaign by a coalition of NGOs for food security and abolition of hunger. We agreed that facilitating trade in agricultural products within and between developing countries is bound to play a crucial part in this.