British Prime Minister Theresa May said she will make major investments in Africa.
While on a three-day tour of the continent, May pledged £4 billion ($5.1 billion) of support for African markets. May’s goal of deepening trade ties with Africa, the world’s second most populous continent, comes ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union next year.
Britain’s goal post-Brexit is to “strengthen its global partnerships,” May said in a statement. “This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs as well as continue to work together to maintain stability and security.”
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Britain’s direct investment in Africa will mark a fundamental shift in focus from short-term poverty reduction to long-term economic growth.
May said the U.K. will treat African nations as “equal partners,” and help British companies boost trade with countries such as Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal.
“True partnerships are not about one party doing unto another, but states, governments, businesses and individuals working together in a responsible way to achieve common goals,” May said.
A main goal of Britain’s investment will be to harness the “innovation and creativity” of the young people of Africa, May said. “The challenges facing Africa are not Africa’s alone,” she said. “It is the world’s interest to see these jobs created.”
While speaking at a grade school in Cape Town, South Africa, May also announced the expansion of an educational scholarship for African students to attend college in the U.K. A video of the British Prime Minister dancing with teachers and students at the I.D. Mkize Secondary School has gone viral.
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An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.
Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.
The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.
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The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance
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