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Theresa May will visit Nigeria later on the second day of her trade mission to boost ties with Africa.

Mrs. May will discuss security, trade and people trafficking with President Muhammadu Buhari before meeting victims of modern slavery in Lagos.

The prime minister already announced £4bn of extra British support for African economies during the first leg of her trip on Tuesday.

She also insisted her “sensible” Brexit plans will deliver a “good” deal.

Mrs. May will travel to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria – Britain’s second largest trading partner in Africa, for talks with President Buhari.

She is expected to announce a new UK and French project to help Nigeria and Niger strengthen their borders to crack down on trafficking.

The prime minister will also pledge to support victims of modern slavery who have suffered “enormous trauma”.

Speaking ahead of her visit, she said the UK is a “world leader” in trying to end modern slavery.

The three-day whistle-stop trip is aiming to deepen economic and trade ties with growing African economies ahead of Britain leaving the EU in 2019.

Arriving in South Africa on Tuesday, Mrs May – who is accompanied by a team of business delegates – said she wanted the UK to overtake the US to become the G7’s biggest investor in Africa by 2022.

She struck Britain’s first post-Brexit trade pact with Mozambique and the Southern African Customs Union, made up of six African nations. The EU currently has an economic partnership with this union, and the UK will now continue working with it after Brexit.

And Mrs. May also pledged a “fundamental shift” in aid spending to focus on long-term economic and security challenges rather than short-term poverty reduction.

On Thursday, she will finish her tour in Kenya, where she will hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and attend a state dinner, visit a business school and meet British troops.

 



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