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.
First Meeting of 2020
The Group will be re-constituted in its first meeting of this new Parliamentary term:
18.00, Monday 10th February 2020
Room O, Portcullis House
All MPs and Peers are warmly invited to become an active member of this group whether previously involved or not. It would be helpful if those planning to attend could notify but this is not a requirement.
At present, this meeting is just for Parliamentarians and invited speakers.
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
Ross Thomson MP, Conservatives
Hugh Gaffney MP, Labour
Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Dems
Jim Shannon MP, DUP
Secretary: Kirstene Hair MP, Conservatives
Treasurer: David Linden MP, SNP
Meeting launching Visa Report, 16th July 2019
On Tuesday, 16th July 2019, the Malawi APPG came together with the Africa APPG and Migration APPG to launch the joint all-party report from their parliamentary inquiry into the issuing of UK visas for those visiting from Africa.
The report identified a number of serious issues in current policy and made clear recommendations for the UK Government.
At the launch of the report Patrick Grady MP, Chair of the Malawi APPG and SMP member, said:
"There has been clear evidence of inconsistent or careless decision-making and a lack of procedural fairness. All this only serves to discourage people from Africa to come to the UK. Too many now simply don't want to start the visa application process, and everyone is losing out as a result."
The launch was attended by then UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes MP, who said:
"It is good to hear when we have got it wrong as this is the best way we can learn and strengthen our systems. If this report helps us to do our job better, then I am extremely grateful for it."
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Members and supporters of the Malawi APPG include (inter alia)
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