Sir Menzies Campbell

Sir Menzies CampbellSir Menzies Campbell was called to the Scottish Bar as an Advocate in 1968 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. He became Member of Parliament for North East Fife in 1987. In Parliament he was the Liberal Democrats Foreign Affairs Spokesman from 1997–2006. He has served on the Members’ Interests (1987–1990), Trade and Industry (1990–1992) and Defence (1992–1999) Select Committees. He was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2003 and Elected Leader in March 2006–October 2007. He is currently a Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the Intelligence & Security Committee and is Leader of the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Glasgow and was given a knighthood in the 2004 New Year Honours List. He became Chancellor of St Andrews University in April 2006. He is a trustee of Trade Out of Poverty.

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Trade Out of Poverty

Integration into the world economy has proven a powerful means for countries to promote economic growth, development, and poverty reduction, and therefore governments need to have a renewed focus on trade policy towards developing countries to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest. The world’s richest countries should open their markets unconditionally to all Least Developed and low-income countries. The EU and US and other developed countries’ Rules of Origin requirements should be aligned so that developing countries have only one set of rules to adhere to, as the existing complex rules frequently result in countries paying tariffs or being excluded by bureaucracy. Rich countries must end their export and domestic subsidies that undermine the livelihoods of millions. Tariffs between the poorest countries be reduced and customs duties replaced with other sources of revenue. There needs to be a significant increase in emphasis on infrastructure, roads, ports and administrative structures that make trade possible.

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