Q&A with Australia's minister for international development and the Pacific

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By Lisa Cornish

At the inaugural aid supplier conference of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australia’s minister for international development and the Pacific, sat down with Devex to discuss a range of topics impacting overseas development in Australia and internationally. In part one of the interview, the minister discusses reframing the aid program, private sector engagement, the impact of Trump and value of innovation competitions.

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