UK and Africa trade potential

Large UK market

Only £1.5 billion of the £10 billion of fruit and vegetables imported to the UK in 2021 was from Africa.

Growing African economies

GDP in Africa is projected to increase by 64% from 2020 to 2027, increasing purchasing power.

Increasing market

African population is expected to increase to 1.5 billion by 2027.

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Trade and shipping

20 November 2023: Accelerating Green and Climate Resilient Financing in Pakistan

There is a significant need for climate finance in Pakistan to tackle climate threats and drive a low-carbon growth path.

This report is a summary of a four-month project delivered through the UK Government Centres of Expertise initiative by the Growth Gateway Programme. It aims to shed light on the role of private sector climate finance in Pakistan, and to think about how development partners can effectively collaborate with the Government of Pakistan and the private sector to pull in the same direction and realise Pakistan’s climate finance objectives.

Trade and shipping

19 June 2023: The UK’s new Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS)

UK introduces new post-Brexit trading scheme for developing countries.

How the UK’s new Developing Countries Trading Scheme helps UK businesses and consumers


9 March 2023: UK to host African Investment Summit in April 2024

The Prime Minister will host a UK-African Investment Summit in London on 23 to 24 April 2024.

John Humphrey

10 October 22: UK Trade Commissioner for Africa speaks at the Green Energy Africa Summit

During the Summit, John Humphrey spoke about sustainable growth opportunities, and was joined by business and government leaders from Africa, the Americas and Europe.

Minister Vicky Ford

6 July 2022: Minister Ford's speech at the Africa Debate 2022

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Minister Vicky Ford spoke at the Africa Debate 2022, an Africa investment summit hosted by Invest Africa.

16 May 2022: Foreign Secretary launches new International Development Strategy

Liz Truss sets out her vision for future UK international development to help address increasing global challenges.

20 January 2022: Growth Gateway officially launched at the Africa Investment Conference

The service links African and British businesses to UK Government trade, development and investment opportunities.