Press Release: Trailblazing Wales to Welcome Fair Trade Campaigners and Producers from Around the World

Fair Trade Wales is hosting the 13th International Fair Trade Towns Conference (IFTTC) on 18 - 20 October 2019 in Cardiff with the theme ‘The Future of Fair Trade’.

Wales became the first Fair Trade Nation in 2008, and Cardiff has recently celebrated its 15th year as a Fair Trade city, paving the way for the other UK nations to seek Fair Trade status and support the movement.

The annual conference brings together everyone involved in the global Fair Trade Towns movement, from producers, trade justice activists, volunteers, grassroot campaigners, school children, council representatives and national organisations. 

The weekend will include keynote speeches from Erinch Sahan, CEO of the World Fair Trade Organisation, Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, Anne Marie Yao, Fairtrade Africa and Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language.

Attendees will also visit the Senedd on Friday Oct 18, hosted by Jane Hutt AM with Welsh inspired and Fairtrade food and drink. Albany Road Primary School children will welcome the guests with their rendition of a ‘World in Union’ with drumming from Love Zimbabwe and harpist Sam Hickman.

Aileen Burmeister, National Co-ordinator said:

“Wales is a proud Fair Trade Nation and the movement is so important as it ensures farmers, growers and producers receive at least a minimum fair price for their produce. Wales has more than 60 Fair Trade towns all who play an important part in making an equal world trading fairly and that’s why we wanted to host this conference. It's a very exciting programme of events, and it's right that Wales is taking a lead role in shaping future trade and ensuring fairness in our supply chains.”

Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language added:

“I am delighted that as the world's first Fair Trade Nation, Wales was chosen to host the International Fair Trade Towns Conference, so we can share our passion, dedication, learning and knowledge for Fair Trade with towns, regions and nations from across the world. I am really looking forward to meeting with representatives from around the world and learning from each other.”

The International Fair Trade Towns Conference 2019 is being supported by our strategic partner Welsh Government and Cardiff Council, The Co-operative, Fairtrade Foundation, The Scottish Fair Trade Forum and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. 

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Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language launching the International Fair Trade Towns Conference with Aileen Burmeister, National Co-ordinator, Fair Trade Wales (left).

For more information contact: Elen Jones, International Projects Coordinator, Fair Trade Wales: 02920821056 / 07377 392208 / | Aileen Burmeister, National Co-ordinator, Fair Trade Wales: 029 20821056 / 07772 032142  

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About Fair Trade Wales

Fair Trade Wales is the National Organisation for Fair in Wales and seeks to support, grow and promote the Fair Trade movement in Wales. For more information about Fair Trade Wales visit: 

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About Fair Trade Towns

Since 2001 the Fair Trade Towns movement has grown to more than 2,000 Fair Trade Towns in 34 countries across the world. It will be the first time the conference will be held in Wales. For more information about International Fair Trade Towns visit:

About Fairtrade

The FAIRTRADE Mark on products is an independent consumer label that appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high in 2018, at a level of 93%.Over 6,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK For more information visit

Today, more than 1.65 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 76 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system. 

The Hub Cymru Africa partnership supports mutually beneficial links and actions with Wales and Africa, and Fair Trade activities in Wales. This is done through events, campaigns, training, advice and capacity building on the themes of climate change and the environment, lifelong learning, health and wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods. This is a partnership project funded by the Welsh Government.

For more information about Hub Cymru Africa, visit: