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Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with her Canadian counterpart on gender-based impact assessments of free trade agreements.

Photo of Conor Burns Conor Burns The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Government is committed to pursuing trade agreements which are not only free but fair, and which advance women’s economic empowerment.  We are exploring the best domestic and international approaches and seeking to cooperate with our international partners on how to increase women’s ability to access the benefits of trade.

A strategic partnership was established between the UK and Canada in 2017, which includes a working group on gender equality. The Department for International Trade has participated in the trade and women’s economic empowerment workstream which focuses on sharing best practice.

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