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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Trade more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018 and the launch of the SheTrades Commonwealth programme in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, how many of the 2,300 women entrepreneurs that registered and 518 companies that attended capacity building events have subsequently initiated or expanded their international trade to date; and what monitoring systems are in place for the future assessment of the efficacy of that programme. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL13856 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-05more like thismore than 2019-03-05
star this property answer text <p>The SheTrades Commonwealth programme has now supported 842 women-owned companies at capacity building and training events. To date, 144 of those companies have consequently participated in trade fairs, subsequently reporting £12.4 million worth of export leads.</p><p>The programme adheres to the Department for International Development's monitoring and evaluation standards. Key indicators are tracked through a robust results framework to ensure the women entrepreneurs we support are more competitive and improve their access to markets, and that the taxpayer is getting value for money.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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less than 2019-03-05T16:02:56.953Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-05T16:02:56.953Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1064206
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Trade more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, what plans there are for the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement to boost intra-Commonwealth trade; what are the expected outcomes of such plans; and when such outcomes are expected to be delivered. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL13853 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
star this property answer text <p>The UK-funded Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme is helping member states implement the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The two year programme aims to help developing and least developed countries in the Commonwealth adopt faster and more efficient customs procedures that will in turn reduce the cost of doing business and create a more enabling environment for intra-Commonwealth Trade.</p><p> </p><p>While the Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme is due to conclude by April 2020, implementation of the TFA will continue for several more years. The Agreement is unique in that it allows developing and least developed countries to set their own timetable for implementing elements of the agreement: developing countries are required to provide definitive dates for implementation by August 2019, and Least Developed Countries by 2022.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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less than 2019-02-28T17:02:22.087Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-28T17:02:22.087Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey remove filter
1064207
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, when the conclusions of the scoping missions to Eswatini, Tonga and Zambia will be published. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL13854 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
star this property answer text <p>Scoping missions conducted by the Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme aim to identify where external technical assistance would enhance member states' capacity to implement the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement. Tailor-made implementation plans have now been developed or are in the process of being developed for seven Commonwealth countries, including Eswatini, Tonga, and Zambia. The outcomes of these audits, assessments and studies are primarily for the use of those governments and are not intended for publication</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>​</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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less than 2019-02-28T17:01:51.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-28T17:01:51.533Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1064208
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Africa: Economic Growth more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018, what aspects of economic development in Sierra Leone and Malawi have received technical support; and what was the result of any such support. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL13855 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
star this property answer text <p>Since its launch at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018, the Commonwealth Trade Facilitation Programme has increased the capacity and capability of customs organisations in 18 Commonwealth countries. This in turn facilitates the increase of trade, providing benefits for governments, consumers and producers in these Commonwealth countries. For example:</p><ul><li>In Eswatini, the programme has conducted a post-clearance audit and delivered workshops aimed at creating more efficient and cost effective customs clearance systems at the border;</li><li>In Tonga and Zambia, Time Release Studies (TRS) of customs clearance processes have identified possible areas for systematic efficiencies;</li><li>In Sierra Leone, advanced training has enabled customs officials to more accurately identify the customs value and corresponding rate of duty to be paid on imported goods; and</li><li>In Malawi, workshops have helped improve the recording of information related to different categories of goods to enable the correct collection of customs duties.</li></ul><p>​</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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less than 2019-02-28T17:02:43.627Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-28T17:02:43.627Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1006651
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the UNESCO Director-General's 2018 Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity which found that 104 journalists were killed in eight Commonwealth countries between 2006 and 2015, and that in none of these cases the perpetrators were brought to justice. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL11431 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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HL11432 more like this
HL11433 more like this
HL11434 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.763Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.763Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1006652
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Commonwealth Secretary-General about the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance’s 2018 report on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL11432 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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HL11431 more like this
HL11433 more like this
HL11434 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.81Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.81Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1006653
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were aware of the development of the Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance by the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in 2018; and what steps they took to support the principles at the summit. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL11433 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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HL11431 more like this
HL11432 more like this
HL11434 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.86Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.86Z
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4210
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1006654
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Commonwealth: Press Freedom more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the objectives of the Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance developed by the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance; what steps they will take to promote the principles within the Commonwealth; and whether they will advocate for their consideration at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda in 2020. more like this
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Lord Chidgey more like this
unstar this property uin HL11434 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to tackling intimidation and violence against journalists wherever it occurs, including in Commonwealth countries, and to challenging impunity for such crimes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted our determination to address this issue on the International Day to End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists on 2 November, announcing our intention to put the resources of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) behind the cause of media freedom and to hold an international conference on this issue, in 2019. We welcome the attention UNESCO has given to this problem.</p><p>We support the work of the Commonwealth Working Group on Media and Good Governance on Commonwealth principles of freedom of expression and the role of the media in good governance, and their continued efforts to prepare them for consideration at the Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in 2020. Officials from the FCO and Cabinet Office have offered advice and support to members of the Working Group, most recently on 12 November 2018. The Working Group was given the opportunity to brief all member states on the proposed principles at senior official level, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April 2018. However, there was no consensus amongst member states for the principles to be formally included on Heads' agenda or in their official communiqué. We have discussed the principles with the Commonwealth Secretariat on several occasions since the Heads of Government Meeting. We continue to encourage the Working Group to work with member states and the Secretariat to build consensus towards adoption of the principles.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon remove filter
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HL11431 more like this
HL11432 more like this
HL11433 more like this
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less than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.907Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T13:38:31.907Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Chidgey remove filter