Africa House London, a trade agency created to promote bilateral trade between the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa, was formally launched at an event at the House of Commons in London yesterday evening.
The event was attended by Public Sector officials representing both the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa, including High Commissioners and Ambassadors for Ethiopia, Angola, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, along with senior representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UKTI. Also in attendance were representatives from the UK private sector as well as Africa House London’s board, including its Chairman, Andrew Boff.
Speakers over the course of the evening included His Excellency, Mr Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador to the UK of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia; and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Kenya and Tanzania, Lord Clive Hollick. Lord Hollick, in his keynote speech, gave his “full support” to Africa House London, stating that he will encourage Government organisations such as UKTI to work closely with Africa House.
The new trade agency aims to secure long term, sustainable trade and wealth building for both the UK and Africa.