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What is the Government's approach to Sub-Saharan Africa?

14 May 2020

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will this week take evidence from the Minister for Africa and senior civil servants on the Government's priorities and strategic approach to Sub-Saharan Africa.


Wednesday 20 May, virtual meeting

At 10.00am

  • James Duddridge MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, (Minister for Africa)
  • Harriet Mathews OBE, Director for Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Debbie Palmer, Director for West and Southern Africa, Department for International Development

Possible questions

  • What is the Government's assessment of the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sub-Saharan Africa, and how is the UK cooperating with its international partners to support the region?
  • What are the principal factors behind the UK's increased attention to  Africa, and the Change of focus set out in the five "shifts"?
  • How important a part of the UK's strategic approach to Africa is the African Union and its Agenda 2063?
  • How will the Government follow up on January's UK-Africa Investment Summit?
  • In the Government's view what are the most effective ways to address the effects of climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa, and what actions will it take to prioritise this agenda as part of international climate negotiations?
  • To what extent has the nature of conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa changed, and what does the Government think this means for the future of peacekeeping?
  • What is the Government doing to support human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa?

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