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‘We have to stand up, but we can’t preach’, says UK minister for Africa James Duddridge

By Nicholas Norbrook
Posted on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 15:21

James Duddridge MP, UK Minister for Africa with Cabinet Secretary Betty C Maina, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Kenya at Flamingo Horticulture, Nairobi.
James Duddridge MP, UK Minister for Africa with Cabinet Secretary Betty C Maina, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Kenya at Flamingo Horticulture, Nairobi.

As the UK forges a new set of global partnerships post-Brexit, questions remain over its commitment to the continent after the reduction in the aid budget. But the UK's minister for Africa James Duddridge argues that African countries see the UK as a long term partner and that historical and financial ties remain as strong as ever.

The UK is in global diplomatic realignment, and not just in Europe. While the UK was close to the Chinese under previous prime minister David Cameron, the current executive under Boris Johnson is far closer to the US position; speaking up on the Uyghur genocide and on repression in Hong Kong, and backing away from including Chinese technology companies in core UK communications networks. Will this realignment be visible in Africa?

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