El­wood ap­pointed Min­is­ter for Africa

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Mr Tobias El­wood has been ap­pointed as the United King­dom’s Min­is­ter for Africa.

In a state­ment he is­sued yes­ter­day fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment, Mr El­wood said “I am in­cred­i­bly hon­oured to be con­tin­u­ing as a UK For­eign Of­fice Min­is­ter and very pleased to take on re­spon­si­bil­ity for our work in Africa.”

He said the eco­nomic po­ten­tial of Africa is vast with one third of all African economies ex­pected to grow by 5 % or more this year.

“With our diplo­matic net­work of 36 African posts, 19 Bri­tish Coun­cil of­fices and 16 DFID of­fices, the UK re­mains well placed to work with Africa to max­imise this eco­nomic po­ten­tial and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for pros­per­ity it of­fers. Given that 1 in 3 peo­ple in Africa are aged be­tween 10 and 24, en­sur­ing they have hope for the fu­ture is also vi­tal.”

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