Press Notice 30, Session 2005-06

PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

Announcement of evidence session

Tuesday 25 April 2006, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30 am: Lord Brett, Director, International Labour Organisation UK (ILO), Dan Rees, Director, Ethical Trading Initiative and Albert Tucker, Independent Consultant and formerly Director of Twin Trading

At 11.15 am: Michael Pragnell, Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta AG, Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation, and Professor Keith Palmer, Chairman, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and Infraco, and non-executive Director of Guarantco.

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In December 2005, the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on Private Sector Development (PSD).  PSD touches on many aspects of what donors already do. The presumption behind the inquiry is not therefore that PSD is another sector for donors to engage in, but rather that PSD requires a changed perspective and practice in what donors (who may traditionally have little experience of business) are already doing. The inquiry will examine the coherence of DFID’s private sector development policy with DFID's work in other sectors.

This is the fourth evidence session of the PSD inquiry, and will explore enabling poor people to participate.

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Detailed enquiries to Chlöe Challender, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 1522 or [email protected]

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Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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