Ivan Lewis: ‘Justine Greening has some serious questions to answer’
Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow International Development Secretary, responding to Justine Greening’s claim that the decision to end DfID’s bilateral aid programme to South Africa was agreed by the South African government, said:
“Justine Greening has serious questions to answer – her claim that her decision was made with the agreement of her South African counterparts has been completely contradicted by the South African Government.
“This looks like a serious breach of trust with one of our most important strategic partners. Justine Greening must explain why she is saying one thing about her conduct while the South African Government is saying another.
“Behaving in what looks like a high-handed and patronising fashion towards South Africa is no way to treat one of the world’s key emerging nations and is not in Britain’s national interest.”
1. “UK to end direct financial support to South Africa”. Justine Greening stated: “I have agreed with my South African counterparts that South Africa is now in a position to fund its own development. It is right that our relationship changes to one of mutual cooperation and trade, one that is focused on delivering benefits for the people of Britain and South Africa as well as for Africa as a whole.”
2. Response from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation: “UK unilateral decision to terminate Official Development Aid to SA”
http://www.dfa.gov.za/docs/2013/uk0430.html. 30th April 2013