“Our (immigration) system is becoming fairer and more equal between all our global friends and partners, treating people the same, wherever they come from”; – UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, told African leaders that Britain is willing to be more open to Africa after Brexit.
He revealed that At this year’s UK-Africa Investment summit.
“Our (immigration) system is becoming fairer and more equal between all our global friends and partners, treating people the same, wherever they come from, by putting people before passports we will be able to attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be,” he said.
Britain wants to strike trade new deals with fast-growing economies in Africa and beyond after it officially leaves the European Union on January 31. Prime Minister Johnson wooed African leaders with his now familiar message: Britain is going global after Brexit.
“More than half the world’s fastest, 15 fastest growing economies are in Africa,” Johnson told delegates at the conference. “Two-thirds of African economies are expanding faster than the global average. Africa is the future and the UK has a huge and active role to play in that future.”
Mohamed Buhari, lauded the move by the Prime minister, describing it as an opportunity for increased free trade and travel across the Commonwealth member-states and called upon the UK to be more welcoming to Africans living in Britain.
“A renewed sense that there are ties that bind us through the Commonwealth, and a concerted effort to grow those links through trade, could act as a spur to encourage togetherness and the certainty of belonging.”
Britain has some catching up to do. Annual two-way trade with Africa is around $46 billion, less than a quarter that of China, the continent’s biggest trading partner. Prime Minister Johnson acknowledged the competition.
“China, Russia, Germany. I’m told [there] is going to be a conference in France fairly soon. But in the words of an old Akan proverb that I picked up in Ghana, all fingers are not the same,” Johnson said. “There is wisdom in these Akan proverbs.
All fingers are not the same and all countries are not the same, and the UK boasts a breadth and depth of expertise that simply cannot be matched by any other nation. And that’s why we are one of the biggest partners for countries across Africa.”