Trans Pacific trade
Trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Paci ic Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-paci ic Economic Co-operation (APEC) leaders summet in the central Vietnamese city of Danang yesterday. World leaders and senior business igures are gathering in the Vietnamese city of Danang for the annual 21-member APEC summit.
TALKS UK ACCUSED OF FAVOURITISM IN AID CONTRACTS YEMEN HIT BY WORST FAMINE IN DECADES
Britain is awarding ever more aid contracts to British irms ahead of suppliers based in developing countries, a watchdog said on Wednesday, despite pledges to favour local companies.
More than nine in 10 contracts awarded by the country’s foreign aid department in 201617 went to suppliers registered in Britain, up from about three-quarters four years ago, according to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI).
Only 3 percent of the 1.4 billion pounds spent by Britain’s Department For International Development (DFID) on suppliers helping carry out global projects last year went to Yemen faces the world’s largest famine in decades “with millions of victims” if aid deliveries are not resumed, a senior UN o icial has warned.
Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, urged the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of the con lict-torn country.
On Monday, the coalition shut air, land and sea routes into Yemen after Houthi rebels ired a missile at Riyadh.
The ballistic warhead was intercepted near the Saudi capital.
Saudi Arabia said the blockade was needed to stop Iran sending weapons to the rebels.
Iran denies arming the rebels, who have fought the Saudi-led coalition since 2015.
Mr Lowcock was speaking on Wednesday, after brie ing the UN Security Council on the issue behind closed doors.
“I have told the council that unless those measures are lifted... there will be a famine in Yemen”, Mr Lowcock said.
those in developing countries, falling far short of a U.n.-agreed target.
Britain was one of 20 donor countries that agreed at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to commit a quarter of aid funding directly to local and national organisations by 2020. “This report clearly shows that the UK has some way to go in meeting this UN target,” Melanie Kramers of Oxfam told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.