May concludes Africa visit with trip to Kenya

May concludes Africa visit with trip to Kenya

Total trade with Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya, the three nations on her tour this week, amounted to just over 13 billion pounds in 2016, official British figures show, compared with 554 billion pounds of trade with the European Union that year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's somewhat stiff dance moves won mixed reviews on Wednesday as she became an unlikely social media star with her "Maybot" manoeuvres.

"Describing the moment, the article read in part ".(Uhuru) went on to struggle to remember Boris Johnson's surname." and "The prime minister allowed herself a wry smile as the president struggled to recall Johnson's name..."

"As Britain prepares to leave the European Union we're committed to a smooth transition that ensures continuity in our trading relationship with Kenya", the Prime Minister added at a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Kenya has a favourable balance of trade with Britain with Nairobi having exported Sh38.55 billion worth of goods to the United Kingdom in 2017, the highest of the Sh125 billion it fetched from Europe, according to the 2018 Economic Survey.

"I don't see Brexit as meaning anything detrimental towards the strong trade ties we have", Kenyatta said.

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At a joint press conference, the prime minister announced a wide-ranging new security pact between the two countries, including funding for enhanced airport security in the former British colony.

May said that Kenya holds a special place in the hearts of British people.

Earlier, May and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari signed agreements on economic and defence cooperation.

The head of the Africa Policy Institute, Peter Kagwanja, said Kenya offers huge opportunities to British companies.

Britain remains Kenya's biggest trading partner but the relationship has stagnated in recent years with Kenyan exports n growing only marginally and British exports to Kenya falling.

The mini Africa tour is part of the PM's efforts to improve relationships with the continent ahead of Brexit.

Her trip also comes barely a week after President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret made a historic official trip to the U.S. and met President Donald Trump.

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