Post-Brexit Britain and Africa: Economist

Africa is projected to be the fastest growing continent for both population and economic growth. Britain is considering ways to regain influence in Africa after Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to strengthen business and social ties with African countries and looks forward to enthusiastic responses. Methods for revitalizing British influence in Africa, including diplomacy, aid, and trade, are subject to sharp debate despite common agreement that Britain’s network of diplomatic missions in Africa should resurge after decades of decline. The United Kingdom has fewer diplomatic missions and diplomats in Africa than France, China and other countries aspiring to do business. Its military presence is also diminishing. In terms of aid, Britain is the only member of the G7 group of rich countries to meet the 0.7 percent goal to provide aid for underdeveloped countries. However, the prime minister wants to shift the effort from aid to investment and trade by building a closer economic relationship with the continent. A mixed strategy might be better for the United Kingdom to balance its domestic political pressure and global ambition. – YaleGlobal

Post-Brexit Britain and Africa: Economist

Britain plans to regain its influence in Africa post-Brexit though a mixed strategy of diplomacy, aid and trade
Monday, January 27, 2020

Read the article from the Economist about the UK’s efforts to increase diplomacy, trade and influence in Africa.

FDI 2014-2018 by source	 Country	Capital (US$ m) China	 72,235  France	 34,172  USA	 30,855  UAE	 25,278  UK	 17,768  South Africa	 10,185  Germany	 6,887  Switzerland	 6,432  India	 5,403

(Source: EY Attractiveness Program Africa Report)

Top nations with diplomatic posts against photo of world Italy	209 Spain	215 Brazil	222 Germany	224 Turkey	234 Russia	242 Japan	247 France	267 US	273 China	276

(Source: Data, Lowy Institute and Statista; photo, NASA)

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