Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is delighted to host Richard Graham MP, the PM’s Trade Envoy to ASEAN, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and Rushanara Ali MP, UK Trade Envoy to Bangladesh, for a discussion on democracy and trade on Thursday 9 July.
The challenges involved in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have threatened to weaken democracy in many countries globally, at a time when the UK is looking to position itself as ‘Global Britain’ and forge new trading arrangements around the world. So what is the relationship between democracy and trade? And is it possible for the UK to navigate this geopolitical environment without compromising its values or its economic interests?
In conversation with WFD’s Chief Executive and former diplomat, Anthony Smith, Richard Graham MP and Rushanara Ali MP will explore these questions, drawing upon their experiences working with WFD on democracy support and as UK Government Trade Envoys.
Richard Graham MP: Richard Graham is Conservative Member of Parliament for Gloucester, and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the ASEAN Economic Community, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. He chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for China, Indonesia and Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons. He is a member of the Select Committee for Exiting the EU and a director of the Great Britain China Centre. He has worked in ten countries seeing apartheid, colonialism, communism, dictatorships and democracy at first hand. Richard speaks eight languages, played squash for Indonesia and the Philippines and chairs a charity.
Rushanara Ali MP: Rushanara Ali was first elected Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow in May 2010. In 2016 she was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Bangladesh. Rushanara has served on the Labour front bench as both Shadow Minister for International Development and Shadow Minister for Education. She was also a member of the Treasury Select Committee until the last General Election.
- Who:WFD UK
- When:9 July 2020
4-5pm UK Time
- WhereOnline (available to watch)