Press Notice 44, Session 2005-06

PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

Announcement of evidence session

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Thursday 15 June 2006, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 3.30 pm Sumi Dhanarajan, Head of Private Sector team, Oxfam, Dominic Eagleton, Policy Officer, ActionAid and Dr Claire Melamed, Trade and Private Sector Policy Manager, Christian Aid

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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 eighth and final evidence session of the PSD inquiry. The session offers the opportunity to gather the views of three major UK-based NGOs on private sector development. The three organisations have a number of shared concerns regarding the private sector, focusing around corporate behaviour and the social and environmental impacts of companies. In addition, each organisation has particular areas of focus regarding PSD - for instance, Oxfam's recent joint project on the links between international business and poverty reduction with Unilever in Indonesia - which are of interest to this inquiry.

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Detailed enquiries to Chle 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).

Media Enquiries: Jessica Bridges-Palmer, 020 7219 0724 or [email protected]

Committee website: www.parliament.uk/indcom