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As Brexit nears, UK's Johnson pushes for deeper trade ties with Africa

Sun, 19th Jan 2020 22:30

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will
call for deeper investment ties between Britain and Africa at a
summit for leaders of 21 African countries on Monday that comes
days before his country will leave the European Union.

After securing Britain's departure from the EU, the world's
largest trading bloc, on Jan. 31, Johnson is keen to develop
business ties with countries outside Europe.

At the summit in London, Johnson will call for Britain to be
the "investment partner of choice" for Africa. He will highlight
deals worth billions of pounds with countries on the continent,
underlining the roles British companies are playing in providing
anything from smart street lighting in Nigeria to
environmentally friendly breweries in Kenya.

The prime minister will also announce an end to British
support for thermal coal mining or coal power plants overseas,
according to a statement issued before the summit's start.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Pravin Char)

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