Welcome to Trade Out of Poverty
Trade is the only proven route out of poverty. Yet the poorest countries still face
obstacles to trade with the developed world and even with each other.
TOP exists to raise awareness of how much the poorest countries could benefit from
an opening up of markets to their exports. We research into the barriers that still
exist, quantify the damage they do and identify successful ways of removing them.
Dec 04, 2013
Unlocking Trade in LDCs: Making sure African and Asian economies benefit from a new WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation
Hosted by the Saana Institute and the Crown Agents Foundation, TOP joined a select group of 40 trade facilitation and development experts from developing countries, the private sector, academia and donor agencies in London on the 21st of November to discuss the trade facilitation agenda in Least Developed Countries in the context of the WTO Agreement which could be signed this week at the Bali Ministerial Conference.
Nov 20, 2013
FCO and DFID Launch UK/Africa High Level Prosperity Partnership
Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds and International Development Secretary Justine Greening formally launched the High Level Prosperity Partnerships (HLPP) last night, together with the governments of five African countries. The initiative will strengthen economic cooperation and trade ties between the UK and Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania to drive growth and prosperity in the UK and in Africa.
Nov 13, 2013
WTO Ministerial in Bali: Prospects for a substantive outcome on Trade Facilitation
TOP, in partnership with the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, hosted a briefing on 6th November from Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, on preparations for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial which will be held in Bali from 3 to 6 December. Participants from both Houses had the opportunity to discuss key challenges and expected outcomes with Lord Green who will also be one of the Vice-Chairs (along with counterparts from Peru and Rwanda) of the Ministerial.
Oct 30, 2013
TOP Conference at Wilton Park - Trade Facilitation for African Economies
Last week TOP joined forces with Wilton Park to host a high level meeting on Trade Facilitation. Delegates met to consider whether a multilateral agreement on trade facilitation at the WTO Ministerial in Bali this December could provide African nations and the global trading system with the tools to unlock Africa’s economic and social potential.