Niger: Economic Situation and Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7 April 2021.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political and economic situation in Niger.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK welcomes the first democratic transition of power in Niger's history with the upcoming inauguration of President-Elect Mohamed Bazoum on Friday 2 April. We hope this achievement will help pave the way for greater political stability in the future. However, the UK remains concerned about human rights abuses and violations in Niger. The recent attacks in Niger's border areas are also deeply troubling.

Regarding the economic situation in Niger, the country remains at the bottom of the Human Development Index. We are focused on supporting stability in Niger and the wider Sahel. We are providing humanitarian assistance, support for conflict resolution, and tackling the root causes of instability and poverty, including through support to girls' education.

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