APPG Reports

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December 2018: NEW call for written evidence for inquiry into UK short-stay visas

The APPG for Africa together with AFFORD and the APPG for Malawi are gathering evidence and information on following questions:

1) What is your experience of supporting African nationals in applying for visas to attend conferences / events / training sessions in the UK?

2) How many times have you supported African nationals to apply for a UK visa, of whatever type?

3) How many were rejected or approved? What were the most common grounds for refusal given? How many were granted, but too late to allow the participant to attend?

4) For those that reapplied, how many were subsequently granted visas? What circumstances changed in their application? Did they resubmit with additional information? And did the visa arrive in time for them to attend the event?

6) Have you seen any evidence of inconsistency in decision-making regarding visa applications?

7) What do you understand to be the main barriers to submitting successful visa applications for African nationals? And can you estimate how many might have decided not to visit the UK because of the difficulty of obtaining a visa?

Please note that numerically presented evidence is particularly valuable. 

Written statements should be submitted as soon as possible to Hetty Bailey on baileyh@parliament.uk but no later than Tuesday 29th January 2019. (NB- Statements should be succinct, refer to the questions above, be no longer than 1500 words and in Word document format).   

 

Policy Reports

The Royal African Society with the APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports, the most recent of which is on Africa-UK Trade and Development Cooperation Relations in the Transitional and Post Brexit Period launched in February 2017.  The Government has responded to our reports in broadly the same way that Ministers respond to Select Committee reports, and some important changes in UK Government policy have followed our reccomendations.

The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in February 2018 where the APPG & RAS submitted evidence to the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons and to the Trade Bill Committee based on the work on UK-Africa trade post-Brexit. Prior to that, in October 2015 the APPG submitted to the International Development Committee on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and in March 2016 to their Nigeria inquiry following the report from APPG Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who had recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.

Links to past APPG policy reports can be found at the bottom of the page. 

 

Africa APPG Annual Reports (including AGM minutes and Income & Expenditure Statements):

2016-2017 Annual Report

2015-2016 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

2012-13 Annual Report 

2011-12 Annual Report

2010-11 Annual Report

2009-10 Annual Report

APPG Africa submission to International Trade Select Committee on UK trade with developing countries post-Brexit
February 2018

This is the submission of the APPG for Africa to the International Trade Select Committee inquiry into UK trade with developing countries post-Brexit. The APPG's submission is based on the findings of the APPG report on the subject from February 2017.

The key reccomendation of the report is that in the short-term the UK must ensure continuity of trade for developing countries through implementing an interim generalised scheme of preferences and should seek apporval from the WTO. In the long-term the UK should not seek to "cut and paste" the EU's Economic Partnership Agreements which the APPG have found to be problematic. Instead the UK should support Africa's own regional agenda and take the opportunity to seek a trade agreement with a united African Customs Union and Free Trade Area following the ratifciation of the African Union's Continental Free Trade Agreement, signed in Kigali in March 2018.

APPG Africa & RAS submission to Trade Bill Committee
February 2018

This is the submission of the APPG for Africa together with the Royal African Society to the Trade Bill Committee in February 2018. This submission is based on the APPG report of February 2017 of UK-Africa trade post-Brexit. For more infromation on the work of the Trade Bill Committee and other written evidence submitted please see here

The Future of Africa-UK Trade and Development Relations Post-Brexit
February 2017

The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (AAPPG) began work on a report into the impacts of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African states in December 2015. Following the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum vote in June 2016, the focus of this inquiry was changed to consider the lessons from the EPA negotiations for future UK trade policy post-Brexit. The final report features a summary of a study trip made by MPs to Southern Africa, a set of 11 essays and some overall policy recommendations. The final report was published in February 2017 and was then cited in a parliamentary debate by the Chair of the AAPPG, Chi Onwurah MP on 9 March 2017. The AAPPG report was also submitted to a recent International Trade Committee inquiry into the UK’s future trade relationships with developing countries, particularly those in the Commonwealth.

A key recommendation of the report is that in the short-term continuity of trade between Africa and the UK must be secured via a Generalised Scheme of Preferences and that longer-term the UK should aim to negotiate a trade agreement which truly supports Africa's regional integration agenda and the ambitions for an African Continental Free Trade Area. 

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