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Can the Commonwealth help developing countries trade out of poverty?

04.10.2017 Lisa McAuley
Can the Commonwealth help developing countries trade out of poverty?

Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia has been invited to participate on the committee to address the questions of whether the Commonwealth help developing countries trade out of poverty.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade Out of Poverty (APPG-TOP) is undertaking an Inquiry into whether the Commonwealth can help developing countries trade out of poverty. The aim of the Inquiry is to gather evidence and set out concrete proposals for consideration/adoption by Commonwealth member states at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London during April 2018. The Inquiry is jointly organised as an initiative between the APPG-TOP and the UK Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and is led by a Committee of eminent persons and experts.

The full Terms of Reference for the Inquiry can be accessed here.  

Inquiry Committee and Secretariat

The Inquiry is led by a Committee of eminent persons and experts co-chaired by Lord Jeremy Purvis from the UK and Hon Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment from Nigeria, Okechukwu Enelamah. In addition to the Co-Chairs, the Inquiry Committee Members are:
  • Harsha Singh, Executive Director, Brookings India
  • Patricia Francis, former Executive Director, WTO-UNCTAD International Trade Centre
  • Dirk Willem te Velde, Head, International Economic Development, ODI
  • Catherine Clark, Head, International Relations, Prudential plc
  • Steven Pope, Vice President, DHL Express Europe plc
  • Trudi Hartzenberg, Executive Director, Tralac Southern Africa
  • Phil Rourke, Executive Director, Centre for Trade Policy & Law, Carleton University
  • Angela Strachan, Independent Consultant, Business Environment Reform, Trade Facilitation and Investment Climate
  • Chi Atanga, Entrepreneur and CEO, Walls of Benin
  • Lisa McAuley, CEO, Export Council of Australia
The Secretariat for the APPG-TOP (provided by Saana Consulting) and ODI will support the Inquiry Committee in gathering evidence, organising hearings and preparing the associated reports.

Submission of Evidence & Hearings

The Inquiry Committee are interested to receive written evidence from interested parties to support the Inquiry. The submissions will be shared with the Inquiry Committee ahead of the Hearings, which will be held in the UK Parliament on 16th November 2017.

The evidence submission guidelines can be found here, and downloaded here.

Alternatively please contact Lisa McAuley at lisamcauley@export.org.au to see how you can participate in the Australian representation to the committee.
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