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UK-Ghana trade links boosted as political and business leaders meet in London

The UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) met in London today to discuss deepening trade ties between British and Ghanaian businesses

Economic ties between the UK and Ghana were boosted this week as the UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) met in London. Minister for Africa Vicky Ford and Minister for Trade Policy Penny Mordaunt co-chaired the discussions and Minister for Trade & Industry Alan Kyerematen led the senior delegation from Ghana. The…

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UK steps up support as famine looms in Somalia

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has announced a new £25 million aid package for Somalia, which will support over a million people battling drought across the country

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has announced a £25 million aid package for Somalia, supporting almost a million people. Somalia facing prospect of widespread famine, with 350,000 children’s lives at risk if no action is taken. Ford did a virtual visit to Baidoa in Somalia yesterday [Monday] and announced new…

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UK backs Africa’s ambitious continental free trade initiative

The UK is to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area

UK launches programme of up to £35m to support negotiations and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCTFA is expected to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty, create jobs, and provide new commercial opportunities for businesses across Africa and the UK. It comes as…

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40th Universal Periodic Review of human rights: UK statement on South Sudan

The UK's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Simon Manley, delivered this statement during South Sudan's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council

We recognise the progress made by South Sudan since 2015, including through the 2018 Peace Agreement. However, violations and abuses, including sexual violence, arbitrary detentions, killings and attacks on freedom of expression, continue with impunity. Urgent and immediate action is also needed to improve the security and humanitarian situation and…

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40th Universal Periodic Review of human rights: UK statement on Zimbabwe

The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French delivered this statement during Zimbabwe's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council

The United Kingdom acknowledges the repeal of Zimbabwe’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We are concerned by restrictions on freedom of assembly, the harassment of journalists, opposition and civil society, and that the Private Voluntary Organisation Amendment Bill could be used to restrict civic space. The UK…

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UK Minister for Africa statement on Burkina Faso

UK Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has issued a statement on the coup d’etat by military forces in Burkina Faso

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford: "The UK condemns the coup d’etat by military forces in Burkina Faso. "We call for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all members of the civilian government who have been detained, including the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. "It is vital…

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New $10 million UK support to tackle impact of drought in Somalia

The funding is expected to support almost 500,000 people in Somalia to access clean water and afford food supplies

The UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP, today (17 January 2022) announced a $10 million package of UK support for Somalis affected by extreme drought, during a visit to Kenya as part of a three-country East Africa visit. The funding will provide vital assistance such as cash to buy…

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Sudan: Quad statement, January 2022

The UK, US, UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have issued a Quad statement to welcome discussions to resolve Sudan's political crisis

The Quad (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America) welcome the announcement that the UN Interim Transition Assistance Mission to Sudan is facilitating discussions to resolve Sudan’s political crisis. We strongly support this UN-facilitated, Sudanese-led dialogue initiative. We urge all Sudanese political actors…

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Joint statement on elections in Libya – December 2021

The UK, US, France, Germany and Italy have issued a joint statement on elections in Libya

France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the United States of America welcome the statement of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams on 23 December and commend the work of the SASG to engage in broad consultations across Libya over the past ten days. We express our strong…

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UK and international partners condemn Wagner Group’s plan to deploy mercenaries in Mali

The UK and international partners have issued a statement condemning the decision to deploy mercenary troops from the Wagner Group in Mali

Statement by the UK and international partners: "We, the international partners committed to supporting Mali and its people in their efforts to achieve sustainable peace and stability and combat terrorism, firmly condemn the deployment of mercenary troops on Malian territory. This deployment can only further deteriorate the security situation in…