For the first time since she became Prime Minister, Theresa May is set to visit Africa this week for a three-day trip to South Africa,Nigeria and Kenya.
The visit would make Mrs the first British leader to visit sub-Saharan Africa in five years and the first to go to Kenya for over 30 years, with the motive of her visit being to forge new trade links for post-Brexit Britain.
Her central aim for the visit is on a partnership between the UK and Africa, which will seek to maximize shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa.
“Delighted to welcome British Prime Minister to Nigeria this week. A huge opportunity for both our countries to work in partnership on trade, security and tackling the scourge of
#modernslavery and human trafficking.”
Delighted to welcome British Prime Minister to Nigeria this week. A huge opportunity for both our countries to work in partnership on trade, security and tackling the scourge of #modernslavery and human trafficking. https://t.co/kbaIUOtUbD
— Paul Arkwright (@PaulTArkwright) August 27, 2018
In a speech she delivered, she said:
Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy, and as longstanding partners this trip is a unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK to set out our ambition to work even closer together.
A more prosperous, growing and trading Africa is in all of our interests and its incredible potential will only be realised through a concerted partnership between governments, global institutions and business.
As we prepare to leave the European Union, now is the time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships. This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs as well as continue to work together to maintain stability and security.
I am proud to be leading this ambitious trip to Africa and to become the first UK Prime Minister in over 30 years to visit Kenya.