Relations between the UK and African countries are at an important juncture, with the recent creation of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) signalling comprehensive reform in the UK’s post-Brexit foreign and development policy.
The coronavirus pandemic has also highlighted the importance of international cooperation at a time when the UK is reshaping its trade and investment relationships with African countries, who are also engaged in post-Cotonou ACP-EU negotiations and intra-African regional integration processes.
The impact of these developments in realizing the commitment to a mutually beneficial UK-Africa partnership, as articulated at the first UK-Africa Investment Summit held in January 2020, is yet to fully be seen.
Read a transcript of Priorities for Future UK-Africa Relations via the Chatham House Library.
James Duddridge MP, Minister for Africa, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Chair: Dr Alex Vines, Managing Director for Ethics, Risk and Resilience; Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House