Poorly Attended Britain Summit Woos Africa With Visa Concessions

Britain voted for independence but it has achieved isolation

Britain voted for independence but it has achieved isolation Commentary Jeremy Shapiro 20th January 2020 The White House

The first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London comes less than two weeks before Britain formally ends its decades-long involvement in the European integration project.

The event was hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who told the attending 16 African heads of state that the continent is the future of trade and business and that the United Kingdom was keen to play an important role to in developing Africa's potentials.

Johnson's government says it intends to continue resettling child migrants in Britain after the country leaves the European Union but argues that the issue does not belong in the European Union withdrawal bill, which sets out the terms of Britain's departure from the 28-nation bloc.

"The UK responds to the calls of African states when they make clear that they need mutually beneficial partnerships that go beyond aid and attract high-quality investments in order to drive growth and create jobs", said UK Ambassador to Cairo Sir Geoffrey Adams in a statement.

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Johnson met with the presidents of Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda at the summit, and was due to hold talks with the leaders of Egypt and Kenya on Tuesday.

Mr Barclay said the amendment would also mean the Government would be unable to issue "more secure" digital documentation without physical documentation, adding: "This would increase the risk of fraud and raises the issue of cost to the Government and citizens".

Buhari said, "While many in the African diaspora enjoy considerable benefits from living in the West, they do not always feel at the heart of the community".

As one of her last acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May authorised Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore to sign into law a legally binding target of net-zero emissions by 2050. De Gaulle's successor, French President Georges Pompidou, was much more accessible to British membership and in 1973, Britain finally joined the group with all the major political parties in favor of the move.

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Sub-Saharan African faces a number of environmental challenges, particularly the effects of climate change, water and air pollution, desertification, deforestation and over-fishing.

The UK government said the London summit will see British and African firms announce commercial deals worth £6.5bn.

Britain officially leaves the European Union on January 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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