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Britain's Prime Minister Pledges $5.1 Billion In Investment In Africa

The move by Theresa May, aimed at strengthening global partnerships post-Brexit, will mark a fundamental shift in focus from short-term poverty reduction to long-term economic growth.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she will make major investments in Africa. While on a three-day tour of the continent, May pledged 4 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) of support for African markets. May's goal of deepening trade ties with Africa, the world's second most populous continent, comes ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union next year.

Britain's post-Brexit goal is. "This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs as well as continue to work together to maintain stability and security."

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