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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa: follow-up

International Relations and Defence Committee
The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa: follow-up

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Start times: 10.00am (private) 10.00am (public)


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Committee holds session with Minister for Africa,

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Africa as a follow-up to its July 2020 report on the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Committee will ask questions about the UK's Africa strategy, the presence of Russia and China in Africa, and support for COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the continent.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Work The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa: follow-up (Non-inquiry session)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

Possible questions:

  1. What is the Government’s assessment of the state of democracy in Africa?
  2. How concerned is the Government about the Russian military presence in Africa?
  3. Last week, the Department for International Trade hosted a virtual Africa Investment Conference 2022. What were the key outcomes of the Conference? What are the Government’s plans and ambitions for trade agreements in Africa?
  4. China is one of the most actively engaged outside powers in Africa. Issues include their pursuit of natural resources, debt traps, and plans to establish a permanent military presence. What is the Government doing to address challenges posed by China to the UK’s interests in Africa?
  5. What is the Government doing to support African countries with vaccine supplies? What is your assessment of the success of the Covax scheme?
  6. With reference to Africa, what was the Government’s assessment of the outcomes of COP26, and what should be the priorities of COP27, which will be held in Egypt later this year?  

Location

Virtual meeting