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CANCELLED: Partnering for Prosperity: A New Trade Deal with Africa

1 May 2018 - 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Chatham House, London


Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, UK Secretary of State for International Trade
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Emerging African economies represent a significant opportunity to the UK as it diversifies its international trade and investment relations ahead of leaving the EU. In 2015, trade with Africa totalled £30.8 billion. Between 2005 and 2014, UK investment in Africa doubled, and African investment in the UK rose by over 500 per cent. Africa is expected to be one of the world’s top growth prospects to 2050, with rising consumer demand for UK products. Many African countries are also resource rich, and increasingly integrated into global supply chains.  There are 'win-wins' to be found between the UK and African states, where trade can take place without competing on product. In recognition of these opportunities Dr Liam Fox, secretary of state for international trade, visited Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Mozambique in 2017.

At this event Dr Liam Fox will present the UK’s trade policy for Africa, and will discuss how trade fits into wider UK-Africa strategy. He will reflect on his visit to the continent and examine how governments can work together in support of commercial opportunities to benefit their citizens.

We apologize for the cancellation of this event at short notice.