UK to be the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022

British Prime Minister Theresa May continues with the second leg of her visit to the African continent today.

She's due in Nigeria later.

On Tuesday she met with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town in what the Presidency says it regards as a 'very successful' meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to 'strengthen the existing bilateral relationship that South Africa has with the UK, to renew and revitalise economic relations and building on people to people relations.'

Read: Theresa May reassures South Africa on Brexit, pledges R72 billion in investments

This was her first visit to Africa since she became Prime Minister in 2016 and we are honoured that her first stop was in South Africa.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa

We were particularly very pleased because President Ramaphosa said that what we are looking for is an investment that will grow our economy, an economy that is inclusive and that will create jobs.

Prime minister May came in here saying that the UK wants to be the largest G7 investor in Africa for a couple of years up to 2022.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa

Diko says President Ramaphosa and Prime Minister May discussed in length the issue of land reform.

The president was very clear that our program on land reform is not about land grabs and land evasion. It is not about creating a society of lawlessness.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa

Prime Minister May has reiterated this by saying there is no need to fear this process. South Africa has confronted and experienced very difficult issues like we did with our democratic transition.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa

We must embrace these discussions that are taking place around the country where South Africans are trying to find one another.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa

Diko adds that the President and Prime Minister May did not engage on the matter of visas to the UK or South Africa but says this is a matter that Home Affairs is currently engaging relevant stakeholders on.

To hear the rest of the discussion with Khusela Diko, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : UK to be the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022


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