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Britain Begins Flexing Muscles For ‘African Cake’

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Britain Begins Flexing Muscles For ‘African Cake’

The UK had largely remained silent and just watched as other global powers scramble for the African cake but the British government has decided to also flex its muscles on the continent.

British Prime Minister Theresa May armed with a large delegation of business executives and members of her government touched down in Kenya and are expected to announce bigger deals.

“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,” said Mrs May.

She toured South Africa on Tuesday and Nigeria on Wednesday.

The UK governments through its Department for International Development (DFID) targets to have 3.2 million people in Africa get access to household electricity for the first time by 2021.

British support to agriculture on the continent seeks to improve incomes for 5 million people and encourage £300 million of new private investment in the sector by 2021.

As of 2017, British support helped in reducing trade barriers in East Africa assisting in reducing freight costs from Uganda to Kenya by 35%.

The Department for International Development spending on programmes in Africa is higher than £1265 million.

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