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Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the expected impact of the recently announced merger of FCO and DFID to create a new department, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The transition to the new department is expected to be completed by September 2020 and the government suggests that UK aid would be given new prominence within the government’s ‘ambitious’ international policy. It is proposed that this new department will align UK’s foreign policy and global development agendas and help to the UK to build more effective and flexible models for both delivering and leveraging the synergies between export success, soft power, development outcomes and global influence. As such the new department will have relevance far beyond simply traditional diplomacy and international development, and in particular for UK exporters for whom UK diplomats often form the front line of commercial support, as well as soft power engagement by UK public bodies.
The panellists will share their perspectives on the merger focusing on the expected or perceived opportunities, whilst also highlighting some key challenges that need to be managed to ensure the success of the new department in bringing even greater impact and influence on the world stage as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic and prepare to hold the G7 presidency and host COP26 next year.
Baroness Kate Fall, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, 10Downing Street
Stephen Twigg, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Tom Cargill, CEO of British Expertise International