The UK is open for trade like never before and we want to be the go-to trading and finance partner of choice for African nations.
Africa’s economic boom is happening now and is quickly gaining momentum.
Last year, the continent was home to five of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Now it is home to eight, and British businesses should have an active role in the region’s success.
This can’t be done by firms in isolation. It requires governments, businesses and individuals working together.
That’s why the government has redoubled its efforts to enhance trade relationships with emerging markets.
In the last two years, government-backed finance has secured close to £2 billion for firms breaking into markets in Africa. Ambitious African businesses want increased access to the UK.
As Investment Minister I will speak to business on both sides, showing them how the government can make trade and investment easy so they can seize opportunities in burgeoning African markets.