Priti Patel, the newly appointed International Development Secretary, said UK is committed to support poorest people across the world….reports Asian Lite News
“I am delighted to have been appointed International Development Secretary by the Prime Minister and will make sure we invest UK aid firmly in our national interest, while keeping the promises we’ve made to the world’s poorest people,” Priti said in a statement.
“Successfully leaving the European Union will require a more outward looking Britain than ever before, deepening our international partnerships to secure our place in the world by supporting economic prosperity, stability and security overseas. That’s why my department will be working across government, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the new Department for International Trade, the Home Office and others.
“We will continue to tackle the great challenges of our time: poverty, disease and the causes of mass migration, while helping to create millions of jobs in countries across the developing world – our trading partners of the future.”
One of the achievement of David Cameron as prime minister is his determination to meet the target of sparing .7 per cent of national income, about 12 billion, as foreign aid. On his final day in No 10, Cameron mentioned diverting 0.7 per cent of national income abroad is one of his proudest achievements.
Some reports say UK spent .71 per cent instead of .7 per cent as foreign aid last year. An additional input of of about £170 million. Poor countries from South Asia like Nepal and Sri Lanka are relying on UK for several humanitarian projects.