George Adam, Paisley’s MSP has been elected Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Fair Trade and will take up the position immediately.
Fair Trade promotes and guarantees fair prices for third world producers and gives power back to both producers and consumers. George takes up the role having already been a member of Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group, which helped Paisley retain ‘Fair Trade Town’ status and Renfrewshire as a ‘Fair Trade Zone’.
Commenting after his election, George said:
“It’s a great honour to take up the position of Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Fair Trade. As a Councillor, I have been involved in some worthy fair trade initiatives with the Renfrewshire Fair Trade Steering Group and it was my colleagues on this group that suggested I become a member of the cross party group.
“We have some fantastic fair trade experiences in Renfrewshire and I would like to share those with my parliamentary colleagues. I’d also like to find out what’s happening in other parts of Scotland and see if we can use their examples here in Paisley.
“As Paisley’s MSP, I want to keep my constituents abreast of what’s going on through in Parliament and how decisions affect them, but I also want to promote Paisley and showcase the positive achievements that we have made in terms of Fair Trade.
“This will be an important year for the Fair Trade movement in Scotland. Over the coming year we are working towards Scotland becoming a Fair Trade nation. I believe that many of the experiences we had in Paisley can be used to help other areas across Scotland. This next year will be a challenge but it is one I am looking forward to.”
The Fair Trade Foundation announced in February 2009 that Renfrewshire had achieved Fair Trade Zone status, after a campaign led by Renfrewshire Council and involving local Fair Trade groups, schools, churches and businesses.