Trade after Brexit: Global Britain and developing countries

2 October 2017 08:00 - 09:30 GMT+1 (BST)
Side event

Chair

Linda Yueh @lindayueh - economist, author and broadcaster

Speakers

John Howell MP @JHowellUK - MP for Henley and UK Trade Envoy to Nigeria

H.E. Yamina Karitanyi @YKaritanyi - High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom

Duncan Onyango @thedunne - East Africa Director, Acumen Fund; Board Director, TradeMark East Africa, Kenya 

Dirk Willem te Velde @DWteVelde - Head of the International Economic Development Group, ODI

Description

Trade is a vital driving force for growth and poverty reduction in poor countries. It has the potential to turn the tide on human development and build prosperous, stable democracies so they no longer require external aid support. The UK has already recognised the huge potential of trade and has prioritised it in its international post-Brexit approach. However, many of the poorest countries in the world still face significant barriers to their ability to trade and are therefore unable to secure vital progress for their people.

As the UK reshapes its trade policy in light of Brexit, this is a critical time to examine the opportunities for the UK to support its existing and new developing countries partners to trade more and trade better. Crucially, this includes putting the interests of the poorest countries at the heart of all trade negotiations, amplifying their voices on an international stage and rejecting emerging protectionist trends. Taking an ambitious, ‘gold standard’ approach will deliver ‘win-wins’ for both poor countries and the UK.

You do not need to register to attend this event – anyone with a pass to the Conservative Party Conference is welcome to join this discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Hanna Nomm on h.nomm@odi.org.uk.