UK Prime Minister Theresa May will visit South Africa on Tuesday before travelling to Nigeria and Kenya as part of a trade mission aimed at boosting post-Brexit fortunes. trip to Africa this week on her first visit to the continent as Prime Minister. She’ll be the first British Prime Minister to visit Sub-Saharan Africa since 2013, and the first to go to Kenya for over 30 years.
The prime minister will bring a trade delegation with her on a chartered RAF Voyager in an attempt to boost Britain’s post-Brexit export prospects, although she comes at a time when the government has been accused of a paying insufficient attention to the region.
She will use a speech on the opening day of the visit in Cape Town to set out how to build a partnership side by side with Africa, particularly by bringing the transformative power of private sector trade and investment from the UK to a continent that is home to 16% of the world’s people but just 3% of FDI and 3% of global goods trade.
The delegate includes David Schwimmer, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, and Bill Winters, the chief executive of the emerging markets bank Standard Chartered,the heavy equipment maker JCB, whose chair and owner Anthony Bamford.
UK wanted to “deepen and strengthen its global partnerships” as it prepared to leave the EU in 2019.
Mrs May will be accompanied to the three countries – all of them Commonwealth countries – by a 29-strong business delegation.
The prime minister said: “Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy” and that “a more prosperous, growing and trading Africa is in all of our interests”.
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”she said .