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Economic prospects and security in Sub-Saharan Africa

4 March 2020

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will this week take evidence from leading economists and academics, and the International Crisis Group on the economic prospects and security of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Wednesday 4 March in Committee Room 2A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Dr Dambisa Moyo, economist and author
  • Myles Wickstead, Visiting Professor, King's College London, and former Head of the Secretariat to the Commission for Africa

At 12.25am via videolink

  • Comfort Ero, Program Director – Africa, International Crisis Croup

Possible questions

  • What have been the major economic trends and challenges facing countries in the Sub-Saharan African region over the past decade?
  • How has the role and importance of aid to the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa changed over recent years, and how significant will it be in the next ten years?
  • There has been an effort from both Sub-Saharan African countries and foreign partners to ‘go beyond aid', with an increased focus on trade and investment. How would you assess these efforts, and in particular the UK's approach?
  • Is China a force for good in Africa's economic development?
  • To what extent will the African Continental Free Trade Area be significant to the region's economic development? What are the major challenges facing this project?
  • What do you see as the most pressing challenges to peace and security facing Sub-Saharan Africa today?
  • The African Union hoped to achieve its Silencing the Guns agenda by 2020. How effective has this agenda been?
  • How effectively does the AU engage in peacekeeping, and how well does it co-operate with the Regional Economic Communities and the UN in this regard?

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