UK Prime Minister quotes popular Akan proverb at UK-Africa Summit

Marco Green
January 21, 2020

Apart from highlighting new perspectives on UK-Africa Partnership for Prosperity, issues of Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure; Trade and Investment; Future African Growth Sectors and Clean Energy and Climate, are expected to dominate presentations and discussions during the Summit, Reuters reports.

The 16 leaders from 21 attending African countries include presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

The summit followed up on a sub-Saharan Africa tour by former Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018 - the first of its kind by a United Kingdom leader in five years.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghanaian leader Nana Akufo-Addo will also attend.

He added: "Look around the world today and you will swiftly see that the United Kingdom is not only the obvious partner of choice, we're also very much the partner of today, of tomorrow and decades to come".

The prime minister announced an end to British support for thermal coal mining or coal power plants overseas, saying it made no sense for Britain to cut its carbon emissions from power generation at home while supporting coal-fired projects abroad.

But the announcement came under fire from shadow worldwide development minister Preet Kaur Gill, who said: "The Conservatives will continue to misuse the country's aid budget to prop up the needs of business elites rather than spend it on tackling global poverty, inequality and the climate crisis".

The agency says it now wants to "increase its risk appetite" in Egypt and the fast-growing economies in Nigeria and Rwanda.

It did not spell out whether these were all firm commitments or included memorandums of understanding that do not always result in actual deals.

Whitehall officials are gearing up for simultaneous negotiations with the EU Commission and the USA after January 31.

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