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To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Government's press release of 14 October 2016 on the visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the UK trade envoy for that region, what further steps he plans to take in order to facilitate trade by (a) people in the Palestinian Business Women's Forum and (b) other Palestinian women.
The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) Baroness Morris, visited the market in October. Following this there are plans to reactivate the Palestinian British Business Council to facilitate and develop trade links between the UK and the OPT including members of the Palestinian Business Women's Forum (PBWF).
The PBWF in Ramallah, with the UK government’s help, aims to host specialised speakers from the UK to educate forum members and other beneficiaries about the import and export regulations and the business environment in the UK for start-up businesses.
Further to this, the DFID-EU’s Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP) is a high performing programme which has helped 283 companies to develop new products and/or enter new markets. Approximately 50% of the companies assisted are women owned/managed companies.