British Parliamentary Delegation Visits Liberia

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Clockwise from left: Lord McConnell, Lord Hannay of Chiswick, MP Greg Hands, MP Kate Osamor, MP Chris Law, MP Adam Holloway, and Lord John Mann

A high level delegation from the British Parliament is expected to begin a week-long visit to Liberia beginning Monday, March 2-7.

According to a dispatch from the Embassy of Liberia in London, the delegation will hold discussions with their counterparts at the National Legislature on issues concerning Liberia and UK towards strengthening democracy through Parliamentary engagements.

The team will follow legislative proceedings and gauge with issues shaping Liberia through legislative debates.

Ministerial discussions covering health, education, defense and gender will also be highlighted.

The UK Parliamentary visit to Liberia is a follow-up to the 2018 visit, to the Westminster Parliament, of a seven-member delegation from the House of Representatives.

According to the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) – The visit asserts the crucial role of Parliaments in promoting democracy around the world.

The delegation include Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham since 2010. He served as Minister of State for Trade and Investment from 2016–2018. As Minister, he led on high value export and investment campaigns in around smart cities, infrastructure, energy, healthcare, life sciences; and leads on cross-Whitehall alignment, business forecasting function, UK Export Finance (UKEF).

Kate Osamor was elected as a Labour MP to Edmonton, London in 2015. She was Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities 2016 and, in June 2016, she was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development by Jeremy Corbyn.  She was a member of the UK delegation to the Council of Europe 2015-16.

The delegation also includes, Lord McConnell, a Scottish politician and a Labour life peer in the House of Lords. His parliamentary interests include peace building, international development, and opportunities and support for vulnerable youngsters.

Lord McConnell was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Peace building from 2008 to 2010, and Education Adviser to the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda.

Raised to the peerage in 2001, Lord Hannay previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth office for over forty years, which included a posting as the UK’s Special Representative for Cyprus, Ambassador to the EU and Ambassador to the UN.

Whilst at the UN he was a Member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The British are coming , the British are coming to do the arm twisting for the Grand Bassa County port which they must have. And like the palm oil company perhaps owned by another British, watch out for the sub-standard treatments again. Then according to those who are unemployed and will do whatever their government says, for them as always, some thing is better than nothing. Even the worst exploitation, there is something in it that is better than nothing. So the Senators and Representatives of the Bassa people must educate their citizens about any contract involving their waterway and employment

  2. The planned visit to Liberia by members of the British Parliament is a great idea. It is certainly hoped that more visits will occur in the future.

    Democracy is needed in Liberia. The people of Liberia will appreciate whatever assistance the British Parliamentary members will offer or teach. The Liberian legislators are old-fashioned. They need to be modernized. But the question remains: are the Liberian lawmakers willing to change?

    We shall see.

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