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24 January 2003
Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha AgendaThe International Development Committee recently announced that it is to conduct an inquiry into trade and development, to investigate aspects of the WTO's Doha agenda and member states' commitments to making this round of trade negotiations a development round. The Committee is particularly interested in addressing the question of who gains from trade and trade liberalisation, and what might be done to maximise the impact of trade on poverty reduction and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The Committee will produce a report, which will include policy recommendations for consideration by the UK Government and the Department for International Development.
The Committee is keen to receive evidence from a wide range of organisations with expertise and experience in the area of trade and development. We are particularly keen to hear about how trade, trade policy and capacity-building initiatives are experienced in practice; therefore, we positively welcome submissions from organisations based in, or with connections to, developing countries. Such organisations might include Governments, parliaments, non-governmental organisations, trade unions, consumer organisations, business organisations and others.
We would welcome especially submissions which address any or all of the following issues:
Several examples of written evidence are available on the Committee's web-site at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/international_development.cfm A guide for witnesses is available at There is no set format for submissions, but as a general rule, concise memos, possibly with a series of numbered points or clear sub-sections, are preferable. You may also wish to include policy recommendations and/or questions which might be put to the UK Government. Any memorandum of more than six pages should include a summary at the front.
The Committee is particularly interested in receiving comments from clerks of parliaments and parliamentarians of developing countries or committees with an interest in development issues. The evidence deadline was 20 January but the Committee would like to receive any new submissions. If possible please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text Format, either by e-mail to or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course.
Detailed enquiries can be directed to Alan Hudson, Committee Specialist, on 44 (0)20 7219 1522 or Hudsona@parliament.uk.
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