British Premier seeks better trade links with Africa

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President Uhuru Kenyatta will be hosting another dignitary in Nairobi on Thursday; the British Prime Minister Theresa May who is currently on a tour of Africa; just two days after meeting President Donald Trump of the United States in Washington DC.

May will be the first British Prime Minister to visit Sub-Saharan Africa since 2013, and the first to tour Kenya for over 30 years.

According to Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma; who accompanied Kenyatta in his American tour, the summit between Kenyatta and May will revolve mostly around forging ties between the United Kingdom and Kenya.

Subsequently a statement from the United Kingdoms’ government website has confirmed the premiers’ message will “be focused on a renewed partnership between the UK and Africa, which will seek to maximise shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace.”

The visit comes at a time of enormous change across Africa with a unique opportunity, for the UK-who are moving towards Brexit- to invest in and work alongside African nations.

“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,” May said in a statement.

“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.”

May will start her African tour in South Africa where she currently is before heading for Nigeria and finally stopping over in Kenya. She will be in the company of 29 representatives from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administration.

In Nairobi, May will meet President Kenyatta before visiting British soldiers in Kenya. Here she will observe their techniques in identifying and disarming Improvised Explosive Devices as the British troops take the fight to Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

She will also commit to helping support the next generation of energetic, ambitious young Kenyans as they seek to build a more prosperous country in the years ahead.

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