Experts discuss future of Africa-UK trade relations
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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Getting the Future Africa-UK Trade Partnership Right’ was the subject of an expert group meeting held during the just-ended 10th Session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration that was held in Addis Ababa. The meeting was organized by the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Economic Commission for Africa and the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI), in conjunction with the 10th Session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration. In his presentation, David Luke, the Coordinator of ATPC, said the UK is an important trading partner for Africa. He said Brexit had seen legitimate concerns being raised in African capitals. But at the same time, he noted, a new trade policy for the UK would offer an unprecedented opportunity for Africa and the UK to mutually explore options for a win-win relationship. Mr. Luke noted that the UK’s decision to exit the European Union (EU) has significant implications for Britain’s trade policy relationship with Arica hence it was important for the continent to explore the future as Brexit negotiations continue in Europe.