Insights into Theresa May's trip to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria

Hannah Rogers
August 30, 2018

The PDP also asked May to engage President Buhari on how his administration was preparing to conduct free, fair and credible general elections in 2019.

The ambition and commitment to driving change that both Sure Chill and Hydro Industries showcase is exactly what I want to see from British businesses, and I am pleased they are joining me on this important visit as the United Kingdom looks to deepen its partnership with Africa.

Taking this into consideration, one cannot help but see the true reasons behind this high delegation visit to unarguably the three leading African Economies in Africa and biggest "past" colonies of Britain.

Talking to journalists on board RAF Voyager on Tuesday morning, Mrs May reiterated that she believed a no-deal Brexit was still better than a bad deal - adding no-deal "wouldn't be the end of the world".

Next stop on Mrs May's trade tour is Nigeria - where German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also visit this week.

On Thursday she will meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shortly after his return from seeing US President Donald Trump in Washington.

But according to Quartz Africa, senior Chinese leaders visited Africa 79 times between 2007 and 2017, making it to 43 countries - including South Africa multiple times.

At a news conference with Maas in Berlin, chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said negotiations with Britain had reached their "especially difficult" final stretch.

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"True partnerships are not about one party doing unto another, but states, governments, businesses and individuals working together in a responsible way to achieve common goals", she said.

She said the comments were based on analysis first released in January that were, at the time, a "work in progress".

"We are working for a good deal, we have put forward our proposal for a good deal", she said.

The UK, which has trained 30,000 Nigerian troops since 2015, will also help set up an emergency response mechanism, along the lines of the UK's Cobra crisis system, to deal with terror attacks while also stepping up efforts to tackle the propaganda spread by Islamic State-Daesh and other militant groups. "I think there's an opportunity to unlock investment".

"Theresa May dances like she's had her freedom of movement surgically removed", one user wrote.

The Daily Telegraph says there is "no doubt" that Africa - the world's second-largest continent with the world's second-largest population - "presents an enormous opportunity when it comes to trade", adding: "Its economy is due to exceed $5.6trillion within the next decade, and its workforce is expected to surpass China's by 2035".

"The diversity of demand of the European Union market makes it slightly more attractive".

"A driving focus of our development programme will be to ensure that governments in Africa have the environment, knowledge, institutions and support to attract sustainable, long-term investments in the future of Africa and Africans", she was cited as saying by Efe news.

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