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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Aid not Trade?
by Peter

There was much to admire in the motion on Overseas Aid debated at Lib Dem conference this week. It called for successful conclusion of the Doha trade round - and that it is important. It also called for protection for Third World countries.

There may sometimes be a case for this (although it is hard to draw up a list of convincing examples). But it would have been worth recognising that it is through opening themselves up to world markets that India and China have begun to develope significantly. Even Africa has (according to theguardian) gained more from increases in commodity prices than from the G8 deal for HIPCs.

Next year perhaps...
posted by Apollo Project @ 5:40 pm  
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