Buhari heading to London for a summit - first foreign trip in 2020

Secretary of State for International Development Alok Sharma said the fast-growing region is an opportunity for British businesses

African leaders, business owners and heads of worldwide organisations are billed to be in London for the summit to engage in discussions "to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs". The summit, which brings together 21 African countries with the United Kingdom and African companies, is one of those avenues the United Kingdom is seeking to endear itself more closely to Africa as it nears its complete exit from the European Union.

His Excellency The President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo will lead a ministerial delegation of several Cabinet Ministers and key officials at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on 20 January 2020.

"The President and his delegation will also have bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Johnson as well as heads of multilateral organisations", the statement added.

The statement said International Development Secretary, Alok Sharma, visited Africa ahead of the summit.

While in the UK, President Akufo-Addo will deliver, on Tuesday, 21 January, the keynote address at the Ghana Investment Opportunities Summit - a summit which aims to bring delegates, especially from the UK, to explore investment opportunities in Ghana. Africa is home to many fast-growing economies and businesses, and it is very positive to see the recognition of the huge potential for United Kingdom companies and investors.

"By putting people before passports we were will able to attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be", he said.

The crucial meeting marks a major milestone in the UK's push to become the largest investor in Africa.

At least a dozen African leaders are in London for a summit aimed at boosting the UK's private sector investment on the continent. Global finance, through The City of London is crowding in more investment; and supporting innovative finance opportunities such as the first London-listed "Cedi Bond".

The Summit will bring together businesses, governments, and global institutions to showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa.

"Ghana is at the forefront of the UK's trading relationship with African nations". "We already have a strong partnership with Africa but we have to enter into more agreements.We have an education empire and we intend to transfer our expertise to Africa", Johnson said.



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