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The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa

Inquiry

In August 2018 the then Prime Minister said the UK was "seeking to work more closely with the more than 50 nations of Africa to deliver our shared security and prosperity, and through this strengthening a global system that is capable of delivering lasting benefits for all”. She emphasised the importance of inclusive growth, and said the Government would “put our development budget and expertise at the centre of our partnership".

In 2015 the African Union outlined, in Agenda 2063, its strategy to achieve the Pan African Vision of "An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena".

In February 2019, the UK and the AU signed a Joint Communiqué on the African Union-United Kingdom Partnership. This set out "a broad range of shared priorities in support of the African Union’s objectives for the Continent and a shared vision for a prosperous, secure and innovative future for Africa, tackling common challenges such as climate change, and making the most of opportunities such as increasing trade links and the dynamism of Africa’s youthful population".

The Committee’s inquiry will focus on how the UK can best support the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the areas for co-operation set out in the 2019 AU-UK Joint Communiqué.

Reports and government responses

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1st Report - The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa: prosperity, peace and development co-operation
Inquiry The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
HL Paper 88
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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20 May 2020
Inquiry The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa
Witnesses Harriet Mathews OBE (Director for Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth office), James Duddridge MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Africa) at Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for International Development), and Debbie Palmer (Director, West and Southern Africa at Department for International Development)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Oral Evidence
15 May 2020
Inquiry The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa
Witnesses Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Special Envoy to mobilise international support for Africa’s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic at the African Union)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Oral Evidence
11 March 2020
Inquiry The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa
Witnesses Colin Buckley (General Counsel and Head of External Affairs at CDC Group), and Peter Maila (Investment Director, Africa Coverage Team at CDC Group)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Oral Evidence
Witnesses Dr Charles Ebikeme (Policy Officer, Department of Health Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Dr Will Jones (Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Written Evidence

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  • Email: hlintlrelations@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 7412 (committee staff) | 020 7219 8659 (Press Officer)
  • Address: International Relations and Defence Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW