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UK to host virtual Africa investment conference in January 2021

New trade arrangements alongside Africa’s own Continental Free Trade Agreement can unleash new opportunities for African and UK businesses


The UK’s Department for International Trade will virtually host the Africa Investment Conference in late January 2021 – an event that will bring together both the UK and African businesses. This one-day virtual event will explore different opportunities for partnership and investment.

The virtual conference is a follow up to last year’s UK-Africa Investment Summit that was held in London by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Trade and investment deals valued at £6.5bn alongside commitments worth  £8.9bn were made public.

At the event, businesses will discuss the themes around doing business in Africa while connecting to opportunities offered by the continent. The Africa Investment Conference is the platform for attendees to interact directly with UK companies as they share the opportunities and challenges faced when investing in the continent. Firms will learn more about the UK’s new trade agreements with Africa as well as the support offered by the UK Government to investors and businesses.

The event will explore the resilience, inclusivity, and sustainability of all investments made across the continent as it transitions into a cleaner and greener economy. The Africa Investors Group is a collection of the largets UK investors across Africa and focus on:

  • Renewable energy
  • Agriculture and agri-tech
  • sustainable infrastructure
  • Financial and professional services

As part of the January developments, new trade agreements will kick in involving the UK and 14 African partners with more countries expected to join. 35 African countries will get preferential trade access in line with the country’s trade presence scheme.


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