Britain’s May in Kenya to boost economic ties amid Brexit

Roman Schwartz
September 3, 2018

On August 30, 2018, Theresa May became the first British Prime Minister to visit Kenya in 30 years, since Margaret Thatcher in 1988.

May's visit to Kenya wrapped up a three-day trip that included stops in Nigeria and South Africa.

It also highlights how the United Kingdom aims to be Africa's financial partner of choice as we continue to help African nations to benefit from increased access to global finance, while investors benefit from access to new investment opportunities.

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Earlier today she talked about the close security and trading ties Britain has with Kenya as she appeared alongside the country's President Uhuru Kenyatta at a press conference.

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After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, May said the countries will work together on "shared security threats like Boko Haram and human trafficking".

"I think it's impossible not to look at the British market at this point, but I'll also say that while Britain remains a viable trade partner, it just doesn't hold the same value to Africa as China and to a lesser extent, the USA".

Striking an upbeat tone in Kenya as she wrapped up a continent-wide tour stumping for free trade, May said she wanted a "good relationship with the European Union while having the freedom to negotiate trade deals".

Yesterday, May signed a new security deal with Nigeria to train thousands more soldiers to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

"There has been a comparative decline in the UK's visibility in many parts of the continent over the last decade, just as many other states, including France, Turkey, China and Japan, have been upgrading their Africa engagement", wrote the London-based Chatham House thinktank. The British military has been running a training camp for Kenyan troops for years.

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