Savannah has been a member and sponsor of the Westminster Africa Business Group since 2018

The Westminster Africa Business Group 

Since its inception in 1947, the Westminster Africa Business Group has strengthened business links between the UK and the African continent, and continues to be a well-respected platform on which to share information and knowledge in the spheres of Africa, business and politics. The Westminster Africa Business Group meets regularly and holds several events annually at the House of Commons, including lunches, receptions and other meetings. Guests at these events have included Secretaries of State, Ministers and MPs, as well as Ambassadors and High Commissioners from all over Africa. Specialist Africa business advisers also attend.

Savannah's CEO, Andrew Knott, was appointed as a Vice Chair of the Westminster Africa Business Group Committee on 2 March 2023.

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In 1947 the “Conservative West Africa Committee” was formed and was originally a link between High Commissions in West African countries and the Conservative Party. News of political and commercial developments was provided to the committee by members, businesses and visiting Africans.

In 1995, the committee with the full support of the Conservative Central Office expanded its area of interest to include other Sub-Saharan countries. As a result, individuals and companies with Eastern and Southern African connections were invited to join. In 1997, it was decided that the committee should become more commercial in orientation and embrace the whole of Africa, thus reflecting the sweeping political and economic changes taking place on the continent as a whole. In 2012 the committee, recognising that the group now attracted a wider audience and those from across the political spectrum, changed its name to become the "Westminster Africa Business Group".

Photo legend: Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury and Chair of the Westminster Africa Business Group

Membership enquiries and upcoming events

Visit the Westminster Africa Business Group website for information on membership and upcoming events.

Westminster Africa Business Group website