Africa: Partnerships - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:23 am on 14 September 2023.

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Photo of Lord Mott Lord Mott Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 11:23, 14 September 2023

I thank the noble Lord, Lord Purvis of Tweed, for his opening comments. I agree that it is vitally important that strong partnerships are established, and lasting relationships built. On trade, where partnerships are very strong, UK export finance has provided more than £3.5 billion for projects in Africa since 2020. The UK was the first non-African country to sign an agreement with the African continental free trade area. This is a signal of our readiness to generate new trade and investment opportunities for Africa and for UK business. The Prime Minister will personally host the UK-Africa summit, which aims to create opportunities for mutual prosperity, inclusive growth and job creation.