Boris Johnson will meet 16 African leaders at an investment summit today in hopes that Britain will secure major trading deals in its new life outside the EU.
The first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London comes less than two weeks before Britain formally ends its decades-long involvement in the European integration project.
It follows a tour of sub-Saharan Africa former prime minister Theresa May made in 2018; the first by a UK leader in five years.
The 16 leaders from 21 attending African countries include presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghanaian leader Nana Akufo-Addo will also attend.
Johnson will tell the African leaders and big company executives that he wants to make Britain their "investment partner of choice," Downing Street said.
The UK government announced that the London summit will see British and African firms announce commercial deals worth 6.5 billion pounds.
Source: Press Association