The newly appointed HM Trade Commissioner for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith, recently visited Kenya, where she joined UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey for talks and meetings with officials from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives which focused on strengthening bilateral trade between the UK and Kenya.
She also visited UK company GlaxoSmithKline’s factory in Nairobi where she learned more about their manufacturing and distribution in the region, as well as how they support local communities including through the Kangaroo Mother Care programme.
Through this initiative, since 2013 19,000 health workers have been trained, 97,600 children immunised, and over 187,000 children treated for pneumonia, malaria or diarrhoea.
“Having spent the last 2 years working on this exciting and dynamic continent, I know it is bursting not only with opportunities today, but potential for tomorrow. I will put partnerships at the heart of our business relationships, building on the work we’re already doing to transform our shared entrepreneurial spirit into jobs and growth in the UK and across Africa.”
– Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith
It is hoped that Emma Wade-Smith’s appointment as HM’s Trade Commissioner for Africa will help build on the UK’s position as a leading partner of choice for Africa’s long-term prosperity – supporting trade, investment and job growth.
In 2016, more than £28billion worth of goods and services were traded between the UK and African countries.