The United Kingdom is in the process of leaving the European Union without a deal, this no-deal Brexit means the UK has to look elsewhere to establish relationships with other parts of the world, especially in the area of trade. Africa could be one of the places the UK will be turning to as it looks to seal trade deals.
At this year’s UK-Africa Investment summit, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, told African leaders that Britain is willing to be more open to Africa after Brexit. Mr. Johnson, also promised a more migrant-friendly UK soon as Brexit was completed.
“Our (immigration) system is becoming fairer and more equal between all our global friends and partners, treating people the same, wherever they come from, by putting people before passports we will be able to attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be,” he said.
Nigerian president Mohamed Buhari was at the summit, and lauded the move, terming it as an opportunity for increased free trade and travel across the Commonwealth member-states and called upon the UK to be more welcoming to Africans living in Britain. “A renewed sense that there are ties that bind us through the Commonwealth, and a concerted effort to grow those links through trade, could act as a spur to encourage togetherness and the certainty of belonging.”
African leaders have for the past years been summoned by the US, JAPAN, CHINA, BRITISH, GERMANY, FRANCE, RUSSIA with the latest being the UK and the rest expected to follow soon. The overriding subject for these meetings hovers around creating a “good” relationship between these states and Africa for development reasons, which at the end of the day, boils down to the commitment of our resources in one way or the other. In actual fact, that has always been the hidden focus.