East Africa: Trading Opportunities

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 2018.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 12:00 am, 4th July 2018

I am grateful for the Secretary of State’s answer, but I have to say that I do not share her optimism. Along with many others, I believe that the joint Africa-EU strategy marked a new phase in Africa-EU relations, opening a gateway to future trade deals based on benefits for African communities, not just European corporations. How will the Secretary of State ensure that any future deals negotiated by her Government benefit rather than damage the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people?