MP calls on UK to support calls for Commonwealth to help developing nations to trade out of poverty

James Cleverly speaking in the House of CommonsJames Cleverly, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on trade out of poverty, calls on the Commonwealth secretariat to include on next year's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting opportunities for the Commonwealth to help developing nations to trade out of poverty.

James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)

T4. The all-party parliamentary group on trade out of poverty, which I chair, is initiating an investigation into the role that the Commonwealth can play to help developing nations to trade out of poverty. We hope that that ​agenda will be taken up at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April. We have a potential leadership role, so will the Secretary of State communicate with the Commonwealth secretariat to ensure that that agenda item is taken up? [901096]

Dr Fox

We have made it clear that we see our trade policy and our developmental policy as going hand in hand. We want countries to have the power to trade their way out of poverty. That will be one of our key themes at CHOGM and we will be setting out processes by which we think that can be made more possible in the future.

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