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A UK parliamentary delegation will meet with MPs from across Africa from 27 – 31 August 2018 to exchange ideas and build capacity on key areas of parliamentary oversight.

The visit which is organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), will focus on cooperation and coordination on the key issues of human trafficking and financial scrutiny.

As the delegation will meet with Kenyan MPs to discuss the fight against human trafficking, and during the first two days of the visit, they will exchange experience and further discuss opportunities to collaborate on this issue through CPA UK’s Modern Slavery Project.

Research by the Walk Free Foundation estimates that, there are around 40 million victims of modern slavery-related crimes worldwide. In Kenya, there is increasing evidence of forced labour in agriculture, services and industry, as well as sex trafficking from neighbouring countries.

CPA UK’s Modern Slavery Project brings together Commonwealth parliamentarians to share learning on fighting these urgent and devastating crimes.

UK MP Darren Jones, who actively campaigns against human trafficking and modern slavery-related crimes in the UK, will participate in discussions on themes such as strengthening anti-trafficking legislation and working with civil society.

“Human trafficking is a global problem, and so whilst I continue to work on this issue in Bristol and Westminster, I welcome the opportunity to share learning and experiences with colleagues from Kenya as we seek to develop laws and raise awareness in ways that will help protect the citizens we represent,” Said Darren Jones.

CPA UK will also host the Africa-UK Public Accounts Committee Workshop, in partnership with the Parliament of Kenya. The workshop will welcome Chairs, Members, and Clerks of Commonwealth Public Accounts or equivalent Committees to Nairobi for a three-day programme focussed on regional challenges and opportunities.

Chair of the UK Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier MP, will participate in the programme along with lawmakers from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Seychelles, the Gambia and Kenya.

“Financial scrutiny is a crucial function of parliament. Members of Public Accounts Committees are uniquely placed to hold Government to account on behalf of their colleagues and crucially the public, ensuring they are getting value for money for their taxes.

Through CPA UK, I have engaged with a number of parliamentarians to develop and coordinate approaches to financial oversight and scrutiny and I look forward to participating in this workshop with colleagues from across Africa to continue this important conversation,” Meg Hillier stated.

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