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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Events



Britain and Africa after 50

Fair Trade, Fair Extraction, Fairplay?

Scottish Parliament, 27 February 2014
Sponsored by Sarah Boyack, MSP for Lothian and Convenor of the International Development Cross Party Group, organised by Jana Hönke and Sara Dorman, University of Edinburgh, and the BISA-Africa Working Group.

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Follow-up with the Centre of African Studies' upcoming conference on Mining and Political Transformation in Africa.


50 years after independence, with Africa’s expanding and important role in international economy, it is time for a critical debate on trade and resources.
Important to both Africa and Britain, resource extraction and trade too often come at the expense of African societies. As a result, fair trade and sustainable governance of resource extraction have become important concerns especially in the ‘fair trade nation’ 
Scotland, But has enough been done? And where are economic relations going? 
Humza Yousaf (Scottish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development), Martin Plaut (Former BBC Africa Editor) and Claude Kabemba (Executive Director of Southern Africa Resource Watch) at the Scottish Parliament for a timely debate on this critical set of issues.


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