UK-Africa Investment Summit Kick-Off

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Boris Johnson Seeks to Woo African Leaders in Lead-Up to Brexit

The UK has amped up its pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa at the UK-Africa Investment Summit. DW examines whether it will have the same economic presence on the continent as China or Russia.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called for Britain to be the "investment partner of choice" for Africa at the first UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London.

The summit came less than two weeks before the UK is due to formally leave the European Union (EU), with Johnson hoping to convince African leaders and company executives to make Britain their "investment partner of choice," while painting Brexit as a "new start" for the UK and trade with other nations.

The 16 leaders from 21 African countries in attendance included Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. The summit followed up on a sub-Saharan Africa tour by former Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018 -- the first of its kind by a UK leader in five years.

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Timothy Omondi