The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak will host African Investment Summit in London on 23rd-24th, April 2024.
The Summit will bring together Heads of State and Government from 24 African countries with British and African business leaders.
According to a statement made available to our correspondent on Thursday, the Summit will strengthen UK-African partnerships to create jobs and growth, support British and African talent in sectors such as finance and technology, and promote women entrepreneurs.
The statement read in part, “The Summit will build on the results of the UK-African Investment Summit 2020 and virtual UK-African Investment Conferences in 2021 and 2022. The UK-African Investment Summit 2020 marked an important milestone in our partnerships with African countries and announced over £6.5bn of deals, plus a further £8.9bn of investment commitments.
“By 2050, two billion people will live in Africa, and more than half will be under 25. During the next two years, faster economic growth is expected across Sub-Saharan Africa than the global average. And as the world faces the stark and shared challenge of climate change, the UK is working with African countries to support them to mitigate and adapt to its effects, recognising Africa’s abundant potential for renewable energies in the future.”
Sunak said ties must be deepened with partners to boost UK’s growth.
He noted, “To grow the UK’s economy, create opportunities for growth and bolster our economic security, we must deepen our ties with partners across the world. This summit will ensure we are able to harness the potential of our relationships across Africa and grow our economies together, making them stronger, resilient and innovative.”
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Secretary, James Cleverly, said “The UK’s trade and investment relations with countries right across the African continent are delivering significant mutual economic benefits to all of us.
“Affirming the UK’s position as a leading investor in Africa, this second African Investment Summit in London will build on our successes since 2020 which have combined the strengths, innovations and expertise of the UK and our partners across Africa to support reliable, sustainable and long-term investment.
“The UK and Africa go far when we go together.”
To further this commitment, UK’s HM Revenue and Customs on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Inland Revenue Service to help increase Nigeria’s domestic revenues.
The Memorandum of Understanding will help ensure that Multinational Enterprises pay the right amount of tax in Nigeria. It will also help assess the tax liabilities of firms and High Net worth Individuals.
The UK and Nigeria have confirmed their shared interest in pursuing a potential Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership which will offer an alternative high-profile mechanism to progress bilateral economic issues of mutual strategic importance.