APPG Trade Out of Poverty Newsletter
December 2015
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December 2015 Issue
  • The Saana Institute becomes the new external secretariat for the APPG TOP. Read more
  • ‘Fair Food, Fair Business and Fair Trade’ - a panel discussion held in the House of Commons. Read more 
  • The House of Lords debated how to encourage more UK-Africa trade and investment. Read more 
  • News: 10th WTO Ministerial Conference, WTO General Council promises new Aid for Trade strategy, new EU trade and investment strategy launched. Read more
The Saana Institute: Secretariat for the APPG TOP

As of August 10th, 2015, the Saana Institute has formally become the external secretariat for the APPG TOP. 

The Saana Institute is the independent, not-for-profit arm of Saana Consulting. The Institute brings together 'thinking' and 'doing' to improve development outcomes, especially in trade and regional integration. The Institute seeks to generate practical development solutions by applying empirical evidence and targeted research to cutting-edge real-world challenges. 

The Institute is committed to continuing the brilliant work of their predecessor, Ruth Stanley, using its expertise and experience in trade and regional integration in the developing world to further the aims of the APPG TOP. 

If you would like to get in touch with them directly, please email

Read more about the Saana Institute on its website.
Fair Food, Fair Business and Fair Trade
How can the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) deliver for farmers and workers?

November 24, 2015

The APPG TOP collaborated with the Fairtrade Foundation, the APPG for Agriculture and Food for Development (APPG AgDev) and the APPG for Sustainable Development Goals (APPG SDG) to host ‘Fair Food, Fair Business and Fair Trade’, a panel discussion held in the House of Commons on November 24, 2015.

The event featured the Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP, Minister of State, DFID, Stephen Twigg MP, Chair, International Development Committee, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Judith Batchelar OBE, Director of Brand, Sainsbury’s, John Steel, CEO, Cafédirect, and James Mwai, Director of Programmes, Fairtrade Africa. The discussion was chaired by Fiona Bruce MP.

During the panel discussion, three broad areas of actions were put forward
 to ensure the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) turn into concrete actions and have a sustained impact in the UK and internationally:

Create pre-competitive conditions and breaking silos—Embrace the opportunity created by the SDGs to collaborate with competitors in private and public sectors.

Partner with smallholder farmers
Shift from one-way ‘giving’ to smallholder farmers to two-way partnership between smallholder farmers and businesses or governments. Provide leadership opportunities for smallholder farmers in implementing the SDGs.

Reduce barriers to trade and investment
Provide more trade opportunities to developing countries to reduce reliance on aid. 
The House of Lords debate: how to encourage more UK-Africa trade and investment

On November 11, 2015, the House of Lords debated how to encourage more bilateral trade and investment between the UK and African countries. The debate was initiated by Lord Sheikh, and a number of Peers participated, including the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for South Africa, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, and Trade Envoy for Algeria, Lord Risby of Haverhill.

The Secretariat for the APPG TOP provided Lord Alton of Liverpool with a briefing on UK-Africa trade and investment prior to the debate. Some of Lord Alton’s recommendations included:
  • The UK needs an up-to-date, holistic strategy to accelerate trade and investment in Africa with a clear set of objectives, targets and resources supported across Government – Department for International Development (DFID), Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 
  • A new UK strategy needs to take recognition of the way China, India and Brazil have increased their trade and investment footprint in Africa in recent years.
  • A new UK strategy should have clearly measurable outcomes and track key indicators year on year, like the value of new UK business investments and the number of jobs created. 
  • The UK government should expand the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy programme to more key trade partners in Africa.
Read more on Lord Alton’s website, or download the Hansard record of the debate here.
The WTO will hold its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi from 15-18 December, 2015. The Ministerial Conference (MC10) is seeking to agree a number of decisions related to the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations, as well as a package of special initiatives for developing countries. The WTO Director General, Roberto Azevêdo, has urged all WTO members to show flexibility and political will for a successful Ministerial Conference. Read more about Roberto Azevêdo's report here.

For more details about MC10, visit the WTO website here.
The Chairman of the WTO General Council reported that the Members agreed to develop a work programme on Aid for Trade for 2016-2017 after MC10. Read more
The European Commission proposed a new trade and investment strategy for the European Union - 'Trade for All: Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy'. The new trade policy puts emphasis on effectiveness, transparency and using trade programmes as levers to promote sustainable development, ethical trade and to fight against corruption around the world. Read more
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