Image: Photo of Africa APPG past reports
The APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports on topics varying from Democracy in Africa to the Government’s Bilateral Aid Review, 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 important changes in UK Government policy have resulted from this – for instance in the past, a quadrupling of our aid for people with HIV/Aids in Africa, a new Bribery Act and funding for Parliamentary capacity building in Africa.
The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in October 2015 on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and our submission in March 2016 to the Nigeria inquiry following the report from our Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.
Links to past APPG reports can be found below. For hard copies please contact the APPG secretariat.
2017 inquiry on Trade with and within Africa
Our current line of inquiry looks into Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) between the EU and regional economic areas in Africa. The inquiry aims to explore future trade arrangements between the UK and African countries in the post-Brexit and interim period and how arrangements can be of mutual benefit to both the UK and African development agendas. The Africa APPG has held various meetings since May 2016 on the subject , one of which was an initial exploratory meeting on EPAs held in June 2017- minutes and audio recording are available here. We also took an MP led delegation to Namibia and South Africa in September 2016 to understand these countries expreiences with EPAs, in particular the level of democratic oversight and parliamentary scrutiny of these agreements. All of these events culminated in the launch of our 2017 report on Africa-UK Trade Relations post Brexit- available here.
The report aims to unpack the opportunities that Brexit, and the new trade policies that will arise out of it, has provided both Africa and the UK to engage in mutually beneficial and fairer trade strategies and uses Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) as the basis through which these opportunities are identified. It consists of two parts, an essay series and a case study (informed by the aforementioned MP led delgation to Nambia and South Africa). The essay series, written by experts and stakeholders such as Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina from the African Development Bank, focuses on the background, political economy and post Brexit opportunities and scenarios that EPAs present. The case study seeks to understand the role that Parliament and civil society played during these countries' EPA negotiations. By using these two countries' experiences with EPAs, the delegation report is able make suggestions on factors that both the UK and Africa should take into consideration when negotiating future trade agreements.
Inquiry Committee: Chi Onwurah MP, Lord Chidgey, Anne McLaughlin MP, Amanda Solloway MP, Lord Oates and Patrick Grady MP.
Africa APPG Annual Reports (including AGM minutes and Income & Expenditure Statements):