The role of the private sector in helping to solve global poverty is the topic of a national one-day conference being hosted by the University of Adelaide this week, featuring government, industry and non-government organisations.
The conference, on Friday 19 July, is a National Dialogue that explores exactly how the private sector, with support, can more effectively contribute to reducing poverty in the developing world, not through handouts, but by assisting local communities to earn their own money and trade their way out of poverty.
"Such extreme poverty has many implications for our planet, not least of which is prolonged human suffering, and the insecurity and political instability it creates.
The National Dialogue on the Role of the Private Sector in Development and Aid for Trade, being held at the InterContinental Adelaide, has attracted the support of major company CEOs, Federal
and State governments, current and former politicians, the Head of AusAID and the World Trade Organization.
"The Dialogue will examine where the core business interests of private companies intersect with the aims of aid agencies and universities concerned about aid, trade and poverty," Mr Redden says.
Mr Redden says outcomes of the National Dialogue will be submitted to the Australian Government and to the Federal Opposition, as well as to AusAID. "In this way, we hope to generate real outcomes and not make this event just a theoretical exercise," he says.
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