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Overseas Trade: Sudan

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 5th January 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Suttie Baroness Suttie Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sudan's performance against the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles); and what was the outcome of the trade conference with Sudan on 12 December.

Photo of Baroness Fairhead Baroness Fairhead The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Government of Sudan is ultimately responsible for implementing the commitments contained in the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on business and human rights, and the UN, as a body, is responsible for assessing this implementation. However, the UK Government stands ready to support Sudan in implementing their national action plan, having been the first country to produce an action plan and as a strong supporter of the UNGPs.

The UK-Sudan Trade and Investment Forum was a private business venture. Her Majesty's Government did not provide financial or administrative support. Consequently, any requests for information on the outcomes of the Forum should best be directed to the organisers and participating parties.

However, we expect that such fora will improve trade relations, helping to create growth and jobs, and raise standards of living. We will continue to support the Government of Sudan in making reforms for a more inclusive and prosperous Sudan.

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