The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak will be hosting African leaders in London for the second UK-African Investment Summit between 23 and 24 April, 2024 building on the £6.5 billion of deals and £8.9 billion of investment commitments achieved at the 2020 summit.
A statement from the British High Commission in Nigeria on Thursday explained that the Summit aims to promote two-way trade and investment, creating jobs and growth and supporting women entrepreneurs.
The statement added that the announcement comes as HM Revenue and Customs sign an MoU with the Federal Inland Revenue Service to help increase Nigeria’s domestic revenues
The statement read: “The Prime Minister will host a UK-African Investment Summit in London on 23-24 April 2024. The Summit will bring together Heads of State and Government from 24 African countries with British and African business leaders. It will strengthen UK-African partnerships to create jobs and growth, supporting British and African talent in sectors such as finance and technology, and promote women entrepreneurs.
“The Summit will build on the results of the UK-African Investment Summit 2020 and virtual UK-African Investment Conferences in 2021 and 2022. The UK-African Investment Summit 2020 marked an important milestone in our partnerships with African countries and announced over £6.5bn of deals, plus a further £8.9bn of investment commitments.
“By 2050, two billion people will live in Africa, more than half will be under 25. During the next two years, faster economic growth is expected across Sub-Saharan Africa than the global average. And as the world faces the stark and shared challenge of climate change, the UK is working with African countries to support them to mitigate and adapt to its effects, recognising Africa’s abundant potential for renewable energies of the future.”
The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was quoted to have said: “To grow the UK’s economy, create opportunities for growth and bolster our economic security, we must deepen our ties with partners across the world.
“This summit will ensure we are able to harness the potential of our relationships across Africa and grow our economies together, making them stronger, resilient, and innovative.”
By facilitating business-to-business links, trade opportunities and investment, UK-AIS will help harness this potential for the creation of mutual prosperity, economic growth, jobs and a global transition to green energy.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Secretary, James Cleverly, working closely with the Secretary of State for Business and Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Kemi Badenoch, will lead work across Whitehall to prepare for the Summit.
The Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “The UK’s trade and investment relations with countries right across the African continent are delivering significant mutual economic benefits to all of us.
“Affirming the UK’s position as a leading investor in Africa, this second African Investment Summit in London will build on our successes since 2020 which have combined the strengths, innovations and expertise of the UK and our partners across Africa to support reliable, sustainable and long-term investment.
“The UK and Africa go far when we go together.”
The Foreign Secretary committed last December to focusing on partnerships of the future with countries whose economies, populations and ultimately influence globally are growing. He sees countries in Africa as central to this and is seeking to build on our partnerships across the continent on the basis of respect, mutual benefit, common interests, and, most importantly, by listening to African countries’ perspectives.
To further this commitment, the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to help increase Nigeria’s domestic revenues.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will help ensure that Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) pay the right amount of tax in Nigeria. It will also help assess tax liabilities of firms and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs).
The UK and Nigeria have confirmed their shared interest in pursuing a potential Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) which will offer an alternative high-profile mechanism to progress bilateral economic issues of mutual strategic importance.
This was agreed in November 2022 at the 8th and final UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum (EDF) established primarily by former Prime Minister, Theresa May and President Muhammed Buhari in August 2018 to address market access barriers, respond to opportunities and challenges of doing business and boost bilateral trade and investment between the our two countries. Under the ETIP, both countries will continue to work together to resolve market access issues and enhance economic cooperation.
Michael Olugbode in Abuja