May to make first visit to Africa
SEE ALSO :Trump threatens to slash GM subsidies"Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy," she added. "As longstanding partners this trip is a unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK to set out our ambition to work even closer together." The delegation will land in Cape Town today, where May will meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as business leaders and young people. She will use a speech on the opening day to set out how Britain can bolster its partnership with Africa, "particularly by bringing the transformative power of private sector trade and investment from the UK", her office said. May will present Ramaphosa with the bell from the troopship SS Mendi, which sank in the English Channel in 1917, drowning more than 600 mainly South African troops set to join the Allied forces fighting in World War I.
SEE ALSO :US to sign free trade deal in ArgentinaIt was the worst maritime disaster in the African country's history, and has become a symbol of its WWI remembrance. The prime minister is also expected to visit Robben Island, where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. May will head to Nigeria on Wednesday for meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital Abuja and with victims of modern slavery in Lagos. To China On Thursday, she will meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, shortly after his return from seeing US President Donald Trump in Washington and before he travels to China to meet President Xi Jinping.