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Can free trade promote development or is fair trade the answer?

Large retailers such as Sainsburys, Tesco and the Co-Op are stocking an increasing number of fair trade products and sales of fair trade goods are soaring. But who benefits from free trade? Do low income countries need fair trade or free trade? Or can you have both?

A panel of experts debates whether free trade is really the best way to promote development in a public event at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Monday 10 October.

Participants are:

  • Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation
  • Alex Singleton, president of the Globalization Institute
  • Tony Venables, professor of international economics at LSE and chief economist at the UK Department for International Development

Professor Jude Howell, director of the Centre for Civil Society at LSE, will chair this discussion.

Can Free Trade Promote Development or is Fair Trade the Answer? is on Monday 10 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

3 October 2005