First Minister sees Fair Trade effect in Uganda

THE First Minister went to see how Wales is promoting Fair Trade in Uganda yesterday.

Carwyn Jones visited the Gumutindo Fairtrade Coffee Cooperative, which was created to improve coffee quality on Mount Elgon and to provide better trade conditions for producers in the area.

The cooperative, which has received support from the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa scheme through Fair Trade Wales, has developed significantly since its launch.

It now has around 9000 farmer members and has built the reputation of Mount Elgon coffee, shipping it worldwide.

Mr Jones met staff at the Gumutindo Tree Nursery. The cooperative is one of the four tree planting members of the successful Million Trees project.

Run by environmental charity, Size of Wales, and supported by the Welsh Government, Million Trees aims to plant one million trees in Mbale – a highly deforested area of Uganda.

He said: “Becoming the very first Fair Trade Nation was a huge moment for Wales. Our commitment to better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, is improving living standards for individuals and families and helping to protect the environment.”

Mr Jones also saw the effects of Bees for Development, a Monmouth based organisation, which aims to help poor people to earn through beekeeping.

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8:06am Fri 10 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

I take it we paid for Mr Jones.
Where else will he and no doubt a number of clerks from Cardiff be going? Taking his seat at the UN? The G8? Winter Olympics? These creatures are really extracting the urine aren't they?
In the meantime Bliar the architect of all this devolution garbage, waltzes around the world picking up millions. How I wish I wasn't an atheist-I'd love to think Jones, Bliar, the whole boiling of them, will get their come-uppance.
I take it we paid for Mr Jones. Where else will he and no doubt a number of clerks from Cardiff be going? Taking his seat at the UN? The G8? Winter Olympics? These creatures are really extracting the urine aren't they? In the meantime Bliar the architect of all this devolution garbage, waltzes around the world picking up millions. How I wish I wasn't an atheist-I'd love to think Jones, Bliar, the whole boiling of them, will get their come-uppance. Dai Rear
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9:13am Fri 10 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

Why is the WAG embarking on these international adventures? Yet again they have delusions that they are something other than a regional government. This sort of thing is surely best suited to the British Council surely?
Why is the WAG embarking on these international adventures? Yet again they have delusions that they are something other than a regional government. This sort of thing is surely best suited to the British Council surely? Vox Dei
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12:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"He said: “Becoming the very first Fair Trade Nation was a huge moment for Wales. Our commitment to better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, is improving living standards for individuals and families and helping to protect the environment.” "

Splendid! Let's hope they decide to adopt these principles for Wales, too:)!
"He said: “Becoming the very first Fair Trade Nation was a huge moment for Wales. Our commitment to better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, is improving living standards for individuals and families and helping to protect the environment.” " Splendid! Let's hope they decide to adopt these principles for Wales, too:)! Katie Re-Registered
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3:45pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"He said: “Becoming the very first Fair Trade Nation was a huge moment for Wales. Our commitment to better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, is improving living standards for individuals and families and helping to protect the environment.” "

Splendid! Let's hope they decide to adopt these principles for Wales, too:)!
He'll be too busy jet-setting to waste his valuable time on such trivia
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "He said: “Becoming the very first Fair Trade Nation was a huge moment for Wales. Our commitment to better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, is improving living standards for individuals and families and helping to protect the environment.” " Splendid! Let's hope they decide to adopt these principles for Wales, too:)![/p][/quote]He'll be too busy jet-setting to waste his valuable time on such trivia Dai Rear
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5:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Vox Dei wrote:
Why is the WAG embarking on these international adventures? Yet again they have delusions that they are something other than a regional government. This sort of thing is surely best suited to the British Council surely?
Hey I would do the same if I could get the taxpayers to fund my holidays(Sorry business trip)

He seems to loose interest in CO2 when it come to taxpayer funded trips, Whats from with an audio or video conference call. I expect as well that the WAG funded about 0.001% of the cost of the scheme
[quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: Why is the WAG embarking on these international adventures? Yet again they have delusions that they are something other than a regional government. This sort of thing is surely best suited to the British Council surely?[/p][/quote]Hey I would do the same if I could get the taxpayers to fund my holidays(Sorry business trip) He seems to loose interest in CO2 when it come to taxpayer funded trips, Whats from with an audio or video conference call. I expect as well that the WAG funded about 0.001% of the cost of the scheme Bobevans
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5:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

And there are people who still think this den of iniquity in Cardiff Bay is doing the 'Welsh' some favours. How naive can you get. Every day brings another piece of bad news about the Welsh NHS. Talk about being sold a pup.
And there are people who still think this den of iniquity in Cardiff Bay is doing the 'Welsh' some favours. How naive can you get. Every day brings another piece of bad news about the Welsh NHS. Talk about being sold a pup. Llanmartinangel
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3:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

theviking666 says...

wondered what airport he used?
wondered what airport he used? theviking666
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