UK-Africa partnership: All set for 2021 UK-Africa Investment Conference

EYEAFRICA TV: London, UK:- The second ever UK-Africa Investment Conference will get underway on Wednesday, bringing together UK and African businesses to discuss emerging and relevant themes around doing business in Africa, and to connect UK companies to opportunities across the continent.

The first event organized by the UK Department for International Trade was held in London on 20 January 2020, but this year’s conference will be held virtually as a result of COVID-19.

UK-Africa conference provides a platform for UK and African businesses to make connections and learn more about the support offered by the UK Government to business and investors.

It will also be an opportunity for attendees to hear directly from UK companies about the opportunities and challenges of investing in and doing business across Africa

“Despite the current global economic context, the UK’s ambition to be Africa’s investment partner of choice has never been stronger, and strengthening investment relationships will be central in recovering from the disruption caused by the international COVID-19 pandemic,” the organizers said in a statement.

The Africa Investment Conference according to officials, will “explore how inclusive, sustainable and resilient investment can serve to help Africa transition to a cleaner, greener growth trajectory, in particular as we seek to build back better from COVID-19.”

“Highlighting the UK Department for International Trade’s support that is available to business, and driven by the insights of the recently established Africa Investors Group (a grouping of some of the UK’s largest investors in Africa), the conference will make the case for a strengthened, closer collaboration and partnership between the UK and Africa.”

The conference will have a focus around four key sectors of activity, and will showcase UK capability and the emerging opportunities across Africa in these sectors:

•    Sustainable Infrastructure
•    Renewable Energy
•    Financial & Professional Services
•    Agriculture and Agri-Tech

Confirmed speakers at the conference include: UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; AfDB head, Akinwumi Adesina; Standard Bank Group’s Chief Executive for Africa Regions, Sola David-Borha; and UK Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone.

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