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Friday, 11 February 2011

Take Action on Dodgy Deals

Did you know that taxpayers’ money can end up underwriting dodgy deals which can lead to human rights abuses, corruption, climate change and conflict?

Every year the Government backs millions of pounds worth of exports to developing countries, via a little known department; the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD). ECGD has supported some of the most controversial British exports of recent years, including Hawk jets to Indonesia, which were used against the people of East Timor, and the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline in the Caucasus.

What is as shocking is that when these go wrong they become Third World debts.

I was pleased this week to give my support at the launch of the campaign to reform the ECGD at the Houses of Parliament being spearheaded by the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

The General Assembly has been a supporter of the Jubilee Debt Campaign since1998 in its aim to persuade the governments of the developed world to cancel debts owed to them by the poorest nations of the world.

What can you do?
- get involved in a local campaign group
- write to your MP
- take action

1 comment:

  1. Glad someone is finally trying to reform the ECGD. They having been backing dodgy deals far too long Charles