In the House of Commons debate on Prosperity in Africa, Bolsover MP Mark Fletcher MP, asked the Government what steps they were taking to ensure this.
Mark Fletcher MP called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to consolidate on economic relations with African trading partners and echoed other colleagues’ calls to make efforts to encourage more nations from the African continent to attend future UK-Africa investment summits.
The most recent of these summits took place at the end of January this year included announcements of £8 billion-worth of commercial deals and Government funding initiatives and Mr Fletcher MP is keen to see trade between the UK and emerging African markets blossom and benefit our economy at a local, regional and national level.
Prior to being elected Mark worked for a number of years in international trade as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Uganda and Rwanda and hopes to put this expertise to use as the UK seeks new friends and partners post-Brexit.
Mark Fletcher MP said after that debate “I am encouraged by the Government’s progress in building relations with our African partners and the Department for International Trade’s announcement a £20 million trade connect programme. Our future relationship with Africa has untold potential and we must ensure more is done to further and deepen our partnership with the African Union.”