HC Deb 03 May 2001 vol 367 cc703-4W
Mr. Pike

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the Government's plans for future collaboration with the European Community in the area of external development assistance. [160533]

Clare Short

I have approved a new Department for International Development institutional strategy paper for the European Community, which has been prepared in

Country Date Purpose
Malta 19–21 September Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting
Czech Republic 23–28 September IMF/World bank Spring Meetings
New York and Ottawa 12–13 October Discussion with heads of UN Funds and Programmes
Discussions with Canadian International Development Agency
Germany 9 November Discussion with the German Ministry for Development Corporation
Nepal 20–22 November Discussion with Ministers and DFID Office
India 23–25 November Discussion with Ministers and DFID Office
Zimbabwe 22–24 January Discussion with DFID Office
Malawi 24–26 January Discussions with Ministers and DFID Office
Tanzania 19–21 February Discussions with Ministers and DFID Office
Kenya 22 February Discussion With Ministers and DFID Office
Australia, Fiji and Thailand 20–25 March Discussion with Australian officials
Discussion with DFID Office
Discussion with DFID Office
Washington 27–30 April IMF/IBRD Spring Meetings

consultation with the European Commission, other member states and civil society. The paper sets out a number of objectives for my Department's work with the EC over the next three to four years. These focus on four key impact areas: EC external assistance programmes which contribute effectively to the achievement of the international development targets; trade and other EC policies that help developing countries benefit from the global economy; integration of environmental issues for sustainable poverty reduction; and effective EC responses to crises, conflict and humanitarian disasters.

A copy of the institutional strategy paper is available in the Library of the House.