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Africa: Exports

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support the Government provided to British firms seeking to establish export agreements with African countries in the latest period for which figures are available. (134315)

UK Trade and Investment is the Government organisation that supports UK companies trading internationally. During the past 12 to 18 months it has assisted over 4,600 British companies working in Africa through its range of services. Services offered include helping British companies develop their export strategy, providing support and advice on market entry, advice on local customs, assistance in finding a local partner and understanding ways of doing business. Our ambassadors/high commissioners and senior government officials have helped British companies in their efforts to secure contracts in Africa by extensive lobbying with Ministers and officials. They are also in constant discussions with Ministers and senior officials to promote British expertise and knowledge.

Working with its stakeholders UKTI has arranged 65 inward missions and 62 outward missions to African countries in recent years including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.

UK exports to Africa in 2006 amounted to £6,194,177 up 7.2 per cent. on the 2005 figure of £5,777,083.