Commission for Africa hires PRO

The Commission for Africa has expanded its comms team ahead of its report on African policy, due to be unveiled to G8 leaders in March.

The commission, set up to examine Africa’s social, economic and environmental development, has recruited Foreign and Commonwealth Office press and public affairs officer Nick Sheppard into the newly created role of Africa press manager.

He will continue to operate from his current office at the British Embassy in South Africa and reports to head of the secretariat Myles Wickstead.

The commission is also on the hunt for a London-based PRO to assist chief communicator Nicola Savage – the former press officer to Chancellor Gordon Brown charged with managing media relations in the G8 countries.

The commission was set up by the Government last year and will make recommendations to G8 leaders ahead of their vote on policy at the July summit. Sir Bob Geldof is one of several commissioners.

Savage said: ‘We will manage outreach events in the capitals of all G8 countries to raise awareness ofthe report and to ask people to lobby governments to support its recommendations.’

The G8 members are the UK, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US and Canada.

Africa is the only continent to have become poorer in the past 25 years.

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