Pascal Canfin’s participation in Franco-British seminar on transparency for development (Lille, 21 May 2013)
Prior to the G8 summit in Lough Erne on 17-18 June, the Foreign Ministry organized a series of discussions between French and British civil society players on the theme of transparency for development. The seminar was hosted by the Urban Community of Lille Métropole on 21 May.
Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, who was behind the event, and Justine Greening, British Secretary of State for International Development, took part in the seminar. The work was inaugurated by Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille and President of the Urban Community of Lille Métropole.
Transparency – a priority of the British G8 presidency – is today identified as a powerful lever for fostering development, improving governance and increasing developing countries’ own resources.
The seminar focused on four key discussion points: transparency in the extractive industry sector; transparency in land ownership and its link with food security challenges; financial and fiscal transparency; and how this requirement is taken into account in development policies. Its conclusions feeded into the French position at the next G8 summit.