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RAS News

The RAS News blog features news on our latest activities and selected content from African Arguments Online

Friday, 30 January 2015
Written by Hetty Bailey, Coordinator for the Africa APPG
On the 28th January 2015, the Africa APPG met with John Vine CBE QPM, the recently retired Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. The APPG is currently making enquiries into the current decision making process for visa applications from Africans attempting to visit the UK and John Vine has carried out a number of in-depth inquiries into the UK visa application... more
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Written by Hetty Bailey (Africa APPG Research Coordinator)
Roger Nord, Deputy Director for Africa at the IMF recently attended a parliamentary high-level roundtable arranged by the Africa APPG and chaired by Lord Steel, the APPG's President. Mr Nord presented the recently released Regional Economic Outlook on Sub-Saharan Africa and said that despite figures showing the African GDP as a whole is growing at about 5 percent in 2014 and 5¾... more
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Written by Hetty Bailey (Africa APPG Research Coordinator)
  Image credit: Huffington Post On the 8th December 2014, the Africa APPG together with the Global Health APPG and BBC World Service held a panel discussion with Parliamentarians to discuss the role of the media in the Ebola outbreak. Below is a brief overview; the full recording of the event is available here. Among those in attendance were Paul Burstow MP, Mark Durkan MP, Meg Hillier... more
Friday, 24 October 2014
Written by Hetty Bailey, Coordinator of Africa APPG
On Tuesday, the Africa APPG hosted a high-level panel discussion chaired by Baroness Kinnock. The meeting brought together Parliamentarians, Ambassadors and High Commissioners from African countries and leading experts on health in Africa to discuss African health leadership. Lord Crisp opened the discussion by highlighting the importance of the new relationship African Health Leaders seek from... more
Ambassador Smail Chergui, African Union Peace and Security Commissioner
Friday, 17 October 2014
Written by Hetty Bailey
This week the Africa APPG held a parliamentary roundtable with the African Union’s Peace and Security Commissioner,  Ambassador Smail Chergui and chaired by Lord Steel. The Ambassador explained the AU Framework for Peace and Security, covering the mechanisms of the Peace and Security Council and the AU’s civil society and people driven Agenda for 2063. The meeting was very timely... more