LONDON, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has signed a new strategic partnership with the African Union aimed at strengthening the engagement between the continent and the British government.
The agreement will see the UK injecting millions worth £30 into the prosperity and security aspects across the African continent.
Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin said the signing will also continue to assist in empowering and up skilling people across the African continent and also cement stronger relationships between the British government and the African Union.
“The UK’s partnership with African countries continues to help empower and up skill people across the continent and this funding will allow us to boost those efforts.” She said. “Our new partnership will also cement our relationship with the African Union, building on growing economic ties to forge new opportunities for young people and reinforce our close bonds.”
Mrs. Baldwin added that the partnership will strengthen cooperation on security and prosperity, and support a joined approach to tackle climate change.
Further, she stressed, that the partnership will spread over a period of three years, contribute to the training of peace keepers in Kenya, assist in free and fair electoral process and support the next phase of negotiations for Africa’s continental free trade area.
Baldwin noted that in order to reduce on the employment rates in Africa, this partnership will enable African led ambitions to merge with British expertise, in creation of more job opportunities.
By 2022, the British government aims to be the largest G7 investor in Africa.
It plans to open up new embassies in Djibouti, Chad, Niger, Eswatini and Lesotho.
The UK also plans to recruit more diplomats with new skills-sets, including in trade and investment.