Malawi APPG

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The Scotland Malawi Partnership is delighted to offer Secretariat support for the UK Parliament's All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Malawi.

The Malawi APPG exists to promote understanding and awareness among parliamentarians, positive relations between our countries, and provide a forum for discussion on relevant issues affecting politics, society, culture and the economy in Malawi.

It brings together MPs and Peers from across the UK with a particular interest in UK-Malawi relations.

The Group was founded on the 29th November 2017. The following office bearers we re-elected on the 10th December 2018:

Chair & Registered Contact

  • Patrick Grady MP, SNP

Hon. President

  • Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, Labour

Co-Vice Chairs

  • Ross Thomson MP, Conservatives
  • Hugh Gaffney MP,  Labour
  • Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Dems
  • Jim Shannon MP,  DUP


  • Kirstene Hair MP, Conservatives


  • David Linden MP, SNP


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The All Party Parliamentary Group for Malawi together with the APPG for Africa and the APPG for Diaspora, Development and Migration invite you to the launch of their joint report on Visa Problems for African Visitors to the UK.

The event is on Tuesday, 16th July at 4.45pm to 6.15pm in the CPA Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament.

The speakers will be:

  • The Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP (remarks at the start): Minister for Immigration at the Home Office
  • Patrick Grady MP: Chair of the APPG for Malawi
  • John Vine: Former Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration
  • Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey: Liberian academic, activist and author

Chi Onwurah MP, Chair of the APPG for Africa, will chair the meeting.

Our coalition of three APPGs has been concerned for some time with the question of the high level of visa refusals for African nationals seeking to visit the UK, for professional or business reasons.

Home Office data on visa refusals show that African applicants are over twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world and since December 2018 our APPGs have been undertaking an investigation into why.

This meeting will present the main findings and recommendations of our report and will welcome reactions from some key policy makers and influencers.

There will also be  opportunity for wider discussion and sharing of ideas on how to galvanise positive change.

Book your place here.


Meeting with the Independent Chief Inspector of Immigration, 30th April 2019

The Malawi APPG, with the Africa and Migration APPGs, met on the 30th April.

The meeting took evidence from David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration as part of the APPGs joint-inquiry on UK visa issuing for those applying from Africa. 

The Report from the joint-inquiry will be published at a second event with Minister Nokes on the 16th July 2019.

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Meeting with Immigration Minister, 13th February 2019

The Malawi APPG, with the Africa and Migration APPGs, met on Wednesday 13th February in Portcullis House, Westminster, London, as part of the joint Inquiry on UK visa issues for those applying from Africa.  This followed a recent adjournment debate led by Patrick Grady MP.

The meeting took evidence from Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, and senior officials from the UK Visas and Immigration Department.

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Meeting taking evidence for Visa Inquiry, 22nd January 2019

The Malawi APPG, with the Africa and Migration APPGs, met on the 22ndJanuary, as part of the joint Inquiry on UK visa issues for those applying from Africa.  The APPGs took evidence from a range of experts and the public, listening to issues experienced by those who have applied for visas from Africa.

Experts included:

  • Iain Halliday, McGill & Co Solicitors
  • Albert Tucker- Director Karma Cola Foundation, Associate at Twin Trading
  • John Davis, Senior Producer the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) 2011-2018
  • Insa Nolte, African Studies Association and University of Birmingham
  • Matt West, Regional Director for Africa at De La Rue

It was a standing room only meeting, with dozens of organisations and senior individuals attending to share their own concerns and issues experienced

AGM, 10th December 2018

 The 2018 AGM of the Malawi All-Party Parliamentary Group took place on Monday 10th December 2018 at 1pm in Room B, 1 Parliament Street.

The Group reviewed progress and impact from its first year of operation, discussed priorities for 2019-20, and re-elected office bearers.

The Group was also briefed on the recent Malawi and Scotland: Together for Sustainable Development conference and were given copies of the Conference Report. 

Read the minutes of the 2018 AGM here.






Meeting with the Vice-President of Malawi, 15th October 2018

Members of the Malawi APPG were delighted to meet His Excellency, Saulos Chilima, the Vice-President of Malawi in the House of Commons on the 15th October.

It was an opportunity for the Vice-President to discuss national Malawian priorities with MPs and Peers, and to explore further inter-parliamentary cooperation.

Read more about the Malawi APPG Meeting  here. 




Meeting with the President of Malawi, 17th April 2018

We were delighted to welcome the President of Malawi to the latest meeting of the UK Parliament's Malawi All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Tuesday 17th April 2018. 

The Group were addressed by The President who spoke warmly of the links with the UK and Scotland and our shared efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the Malawi APPG Meeting here. 




Meeting with the Chief Executive of CDC, 7th March 2018

The Group held a special video-linked joint-meeting with the Malawi Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament - the first time the two Parliaments have been joined in this way.

The meeting focused on business, trade and investment with Malawi, with Nick O’Donohoe, the Chief Executive of Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), speaking in Westminster and Bernard Kaunda, the Chief Executive of Mzuzu Coffee, speaking from Holyrood.

Click here to read more.




Inaugural meeting and AGM, 29th November 2017

MPs and Peers came together to establish the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malawi, with its inaugural AGM on the 29th November.

It was standing room only, with strong support from all the parties.

Read about the first APPG Meeting here. 









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Members and supporters of the Malawi APPG include (inter alia)


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