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UK investment, trade and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa

7 February 2020

The Committee will take evidence on UK trade and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the African Union's role in addressing  peace and security issues.


Wednesday 12 February in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40

  • Dr Dirk Willem te Velde, Principal Research Fellow and Director of Programme, International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute
  • Tom Pengelly, Director, External Secretariat for All Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty, and Managing Director, Saana Consulting

At 11.40 via videolink

  • Professor Tim Murithi, Head, Peacebuilding Interventions, and Extraordinary Professor of African Studies, University of Free State, South Africa

Possible questions

  • What is your assessment of the importance and success of the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to the Government's ambition for the UK to become a bigger investor in Africa?
  • To what extent do UK investments in fossil fuel industries in Sub-Saharan Africa undermine efforts by the Government to combat climate change?
  • In Agenda 2063 the African Union pledged to "silence the guns" by 2020. What have been the biggest obstacles facing the AU as it tried to fulfil this pledge?
  • Is there an appropriate balance between African and international commitments to peacekeeping efforts in the region, and what role does the African Union play in this?
  • What is the African Union's role in building peace and ensuring transitional justice in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What is your assessment of the 2019 UK-AU Memorandum of Understanding?

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