Yesterday, the UK Department for International Development (DfID) Kenya Head, Julius Court, was among the speakers taking part in the Sustainable Inclusive Aid for Trade Symposium in Nairobi.
The focus for this year’s Symposium is Inclusive Participation of Women in Trade for Sustainable Development which brought together policy makers and practitioners, researchers and development partners to deliberate innovative, theoretical and practical approaches that can be used to inform design of inclusive and sustainable trade programmes.
During the two-day conference, deliberations are largely being informed by a selection of research papers and policy papers based on the following sub-themes:
1. Access to global markets
2. Regional and continental economic integration
3. Legal, policy, institutional and socio-cultural barriers
4. ICT for trade, poverty and climate change
5. Data and approaches to measure economic empowerment
Mr Court took part in a fireside chat titled “Emerging Global Issues on Inclusive Trade” which he later described as a “vibrant discussion”.
“We need to get ahead of key trends in trade – new markets, digital, services. And always make the case for the power of trade in driving job creation, growth and poverty reduction,” he added.
He also said that UKaid was proud to support TradeMark East Africa.