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DLA Piper’s Africa Week

DLA Piper’s Africa Week

Joe Collins, Managing Director of African Supplies Ltd was invited to speak as part of a panel at DLA Piper’s Africa Week, to provide an SME perspective on the impact of Brexit on trade with Africa.  The discussion was led by DLA Pipers Paul Hardy and was joined by Sharon Constancon, from the South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Ed Harkins, Managing Director of GBK Ventures and Lanre Akinola, Editor of African Business Magazine.

There was general consensus among the panel and the audience that the UK governments proposal to roll over the EU EPC agreements with African countries would do little to impact the level of trade between the UK and Africa.  The panel felt that the opportunity for UK plc to benefit from growth and development in Africa has more or less been missed as other international players, such as China, Turkey and others have sought to benefit from focused government effort to forge B2B links between their nations and African countries.

Should the UK, against the backdrop of Brexit and the opportunity to step away from the EPC’s, take a view that Africa was of strategic importance in the future; a concerted and structured investment plan to provide platforms for mutual development benefit would be welcomed by UK business and African countries.  Balanced with this optimistic outlook, was a fair helping of cynicism that there was sufficient interest and willingness from the UK government for this to take place.


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