Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

British PM wraps up Africa tour with post-Brexit trade promises

British PM wraps up Africa tour with post-Brexit trade promises

May's visit to Kenya marked the first by a United Kingdom prime minister since Margaret Thatcher in 1988 and had been primed to deepen trade relations between the two nations.

Kenya was the final leg of a three-day trip to Africa which also included stops in South Africa and Nigeria. Boris Johnson, the bicycle guy - Boris Johnson was here with ambulances, ' he stuttered. Johnson has been an outspoken advocate of cycling in London.

The British daily newspaper, The Guardian, ran an article with the title: Kenyan President Rebukes Theresa May on Last Day of African Trip, which highlighted key issues they had with the President's speech.

In April, Britain hosted a meeting of Commonwealth countries, including South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, seeking to reinvigorate the network of mostly former colonies and drum up new trade amongst its members.

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Airport security is within the agreement, including machines to detect explosives, in a bid to protect Britons and others who visit Kenya.

Nigeria and other West African countries in recent months have brought hundreds of migrants stranded in Libya home after reports of abuses, but the dream of employment remains a draw for some in the region where poverty and climate change can bite hard.

"We are determined to work side by side with Nigeria to help them fight terrorism, reduce conflict and lay the foundations for the future stability and prosperity that will benefit us all", May said.

The prime minister, who announced recently the UK's intention to be Africa's leading trade partner among the the G7 countries by 2022, expects to boost trade relations with the continent. "We have democracy in common so let us defend it together", said Kenyatta.

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May said she was glad to hear Kenyatta call for a transition from peacekeepers to stronger Somali security forces.

Early July, President Uhuru signed a similar deal with Switzerland to facilitate the return of stolen cash in a development targeting an estimated Sh72 billion stashed in Swiss accounts.

Concerns about the readiness of Somali troops to take over the country's security, however, remain high.

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