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


<p>The United Kingdom is positioning itself to be the ‘investment partner of choice’ for Africa, holding a summit with leaders of 21 African countries on Monday, days before it leaves the European Union (EU).</p> <p>Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, who secured the country’s January 31st departure from the EU trading bloc is determined to enter into new agreements with other countries.</p> <p>British companies run several projects on the African continent including smart street lighting in Nigeria and environmentally friendly breweries in Kenya. They have reportedly signed deals worth more than $7.8 billion ahead of Monday’s summit.</p> <p>The UK government says it has signed 11 trade agreements with African countries, and is expected to unveil a new strategy for development in Africa, focusing on infrastructure and trade.</p> <p>The Department for International Development says it is now focusing on digital technologies, green energy and women entrepreneurs.</p> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="https://www.africanews.com/2018/08/31/theresa-may-in-kenya-more-dancing-a-bicycle-politician-and-more-deals/"target="_blank"><span class="caps">READ</span> <span class="caps">MORE</span>: UK PM Theresa May courts Africa</a>