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.
May 16, 2013
TOP Co-Chair Lord Hastings emphasises role of trade as key to sustainable economic development
Addressing the House of Lords, TOP Co-Chair Lord Hastings highlighted the vital role of trade as a catalyst to create sustainable economic growth and lift the world’s least developed countries out of poverty: "It is time to stop protecting our own agricultural base through subsidy and let the rest of the world have access to markets and thus generate jobs. It is time to let trade be what delivers the economic future necessary for the world’s poorest.”
Apr 26, 2013
Parliamentarians Ending Poverty - “The Future of International Development: 2015 and Beyond”
This week TOP joined the All Party Groups on International Development for the latest event in the series “Parliamentarians Ending Poverty”. We were joined by the Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, as well as H.E. Wesley Johnson, Liberian Ambassador to the UK, and Sir Richard Jolly, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN, to discuss: “The Future of International Development: 2015 and Beyond.”
Apr 25, 2013
"What Next for the WTO?": a TOP event with ODI
As the race for the next Director General of the WTO progresses and preparations come under strain in the run up to the Bali Ministerial, there is a keen interest in the future of the WTO. The new DG will have to address unfinished negotiations over the reform of world trade rules and is faced with the challenge of reviving the Doha Development Round.Yesterday TOP hosted former candidate for WTO Director General, Alan Kyerematen at a joint event held with the Overseas Development Institute and chaired by Lord Harrison, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s UK representative to the WTO, to hear his thoughts on where the WTO should go next.
Mar 26, 2013
TOP event: “Investing in Infrastructure: How to ‘Thin’ Borders and Boost Intra-Africa Trade”
Yesterday, TOP co-hosted a highly informative seminar discussion with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt, Aid & Trade, focussing on the vital need for infrastructure and streamlined border procedures to facilitate intra-African trade and development. We were joined by panellists from solar energy provider ToughStuff, international development consultants Crown Agents and the Head of the Development Division at the OECD.