Call for Evidence
Implementing the Integrated Review in Nigeria
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The Integrated Review outlined several areas in which the UK Government will focus its efforts over the next ten years. It aims for policy coherence across trade, aid, diplomacy, and defence underpinned by the desire to be a force for good in the world – defending openness, democracy and human rights – and an increased determination to seek multilateral solutions to challenges.
Nigeria is named multiple times in the Integrated Review as an important future partner. It is undoubtedly a key player in the fields of frontier technology, pharmaceuticals and public health, and the balance of power in West Africa and the Sahel. It is an increasingly important ally and trading partner to the UK, yet it faces challenges around corruption, maintaining commitments to protecting human rights (particularly in relation to its police and security forces), and tackling extreme poverty. The country’s rapid development comes at the expense of biodiversity loss and it faces vulnerabilities to climate change in the form of extreme weather events and rising sea levels. Its geopolitical significance makes the Nigerian Government an attractive subject for Chinese and Russian influencing, and target for terrorist organisations.
Using Nigeria as a case study of Global Britain in action, we will seek to identify ways in which multiple, and inter-related, aspects of foreign policy engagement can be brought together in the coherent approach set out in the Integrated Review given the existing mechanisms of government. We are particularly interested in hearing from the Nigerian diaspora in the UK.
The Committee welcomes written evidence on:
- What will the vision outlined in the Integrated Review and subsequent Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office priorities for Official Development Assistance spending mean for the UK’s policy toward Nigeria? Specifically:
- What are the emerging opportunities for aid and investment in the science and technology sectors in Nigeria? How should, and is, the FCDO encourage investment in these sectors, including in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises?
- What opportunities and challenges do the UK’s historic links with Nigeria pose when considering the future partnership between the two countries?
- By what mechanisms could the UK government support trade and private sector development in Nigeria and stimulate investment?
- How should the FCDO take account of and mitigate potential inhibiting factors to investment (such as corruption, security, human rights abuses)?
- Which states may be strategic partners and competitors in the UK’s policy toward Nigeria and how should the FCDO respond? In particular, how should the UK engage with the United States, China, the Commonwealth and the African Union?
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