An important part of the work of the APPG-TOP is to undertake Inquiries into key issues on the trade and development agenda. Inquires typically call for written evidence from interested parties, invite key witnesses to give oral evidence at public Hearings in Parliament, and undertake ad hoc consultations with key stakeholders in the UK and overseas. APPG-TOP Inquiries are led by specially appointed committees of eminent persons and experts, and are conducted as transparently as possible, with all submitted evidence being published as well as the Inquiry Final Reports.
As the clock ticks down to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Summit in the UK in April 2018, in mid September 2017 APPG-TOP launched a new Inquiry, titled “Can the Commonwealth help developing countries trade out of poverty? For more details on the Commonwealth Inquiry, please click here.
The Commonwealth Inquiry received nearly 50 submissions of oral and written evidence, and has conducted a series of hearings in UK Parliament, as well as bilateral meetings with a number of Commonwealth Trade Ministers at the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires. Published submissions of evidence can be found here.
In 2016, the APPG-TOP conducted an Inquiry into the UK’s Africa Free Trade Initiative (AFTi), which was launched by the UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, in July 2011. The Final Report was published in October 2016 and can be downloaded here.