Bissau-Guinean Visit to the United Kingdom 7 to 11 November 2011
In November 2011, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Guinea-Bissau hosted a delegation of Bissau-Guinean parliamentarians, representing the first official visit of the country's representatives in its history.
The visit was led by Raimundo Pereira, President of the National Popular Assembly of Guinea-Bissau and Manuel Serifo Nhamajo, Vice-President of the National Popular Assembly of Guinea-Bissau and head of the Guinean Parliamentary Group on the United Kingdom.
A formal APPG meeting was held, during which a wide range of interparliamentary and bilateral issues were discussed. The meeting was kindly hosted in the Ways and Means Conference Room by the Hon. Lindsay Hoyle MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of Ways and Means. In parliament, the delegation held a formal meeting with Lord Speaker Baroness d'Souza
Outside parliament, the delegation's programme included: a private visit of Westminster Abbey by the Reverend Canon Andrew Tremlitt, Canon of Westminster; an academic conference at the University of Birmingham entitled "The State in Africa - Consolidation or Crisis?"; a meeting with the Africa Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and a trade information seminar for British industry.
The Hon. Lindsay Hoyle MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, chats with President Pereira and members of the APPG.
Raimundo Pereira, President of the National Popular Assembly of Guinea-Bissau, addressing members of Parliament at the APPG Meeting.
Lord Teverson addressing the Guinean delegation