FCO Emerging Powers Fund: bringing diversity to Wilton Park conferencesedit
With the help of the Emerging Powers (EP) Fund, we have drawn a huge range of speakers and participants from countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America to our conferences in 2013 and 2014.
Critical to dialogue on The future of power: implications for global actors by 2040, funding to gather participants from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Nigeria, India and Indonesia provided the necessary wealth of perspectives to lay the landscape of global power dynamics. As soft power becomes increasingly the core of 21st century diplomacy, our Soft power in action meeting in February investigated emerging soft power actors, practical applications of soft power and how to develop networks, providing a forum for policy makers, communications specialists, business, media, NGOs and other experts. The EP fund provided sponsorship for Ms Jennyfer Salvo Cofman, Director of Smartlanding in Chile.
The EP Fund was instrumental in facilitating the presence of representatives from North Africa at the event, Women in the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa, which took place in March in Cordoba, Spain. These included Dr Lahcen Achy, Senior Economist at the IMF, Dr Heba Handoussa, Managing Director of the Egypt Network for Integrated Development and Ms Nora Alim, Legal Consultant for the MENA-OECD Investment Programme’s project ‘Supporting women during the transition period’.
Sponsorship was also provided for speakers and participants at various other conferences:
The sixth and final conference in our series on Global agriculture, food and land use, Resilient agriculture and food systems brought Mr Donghui Wang, Director at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Division at the Agriculture Trade Promotion Center in the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, to the table, sharing the Chinese perspective on challenges faced by policymakers in supporting resilient agricultural systems.
Trade facilitation in Africa saw Dr Adesina Iluyemi, Secretary General of New Partnership for Africa’s Development Council speak, offering insight on capacity building in LDCs to support integration into the global trading system.
Finally, our meeting on good governance in the extractive sector was able to gather representatives from China, South Africa and Nigeria, including Dr GuoPeiyuan, Board Director at SynTao Co Ltd in Beijing, who spoke about the merits of public private partnerships in helping local companies to upgrade skills and technologies.