Zimbabwean political analysts say British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Africa is a signal that the United Kingdom is warming up to the continent in the background of its exit from the 27-member European Union (EU), known as Brexit.
The analysts urged African governments to come up with mutually beneficial trade deals based on equality on the global market.
Mr Richard Mahomva said May’s visit to big economies of Africa shows some ideological shift where Britain is engaging nationalist movement governments as opposed to their former dealings with neo-liberal parties in African countries for long term investment.
University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Dean of Social Sciences, Professor Charity Manyeruke said the warming up of Britain to African economies will help facilitate and improve flow of African goods into a bigger market.
She said the move also demonstrates the importance of relations and agreements among countries and regions, with the deepening and further strengthening of UK-Africa ties.
The British Prime Minister arrived in Cape Town, South Africa this morning, before proceeding to Nigeria and Kenya as part of a mission aimed boosting post Brexit fortunes.
She has described the trip, her first since taking over the leadership in 2016, as a unique opportunity at a time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships as it prepares to leave the EU next year.
Zimbabwe, under the new political dispensation, has already opened re-engagement discussions with Britain as the erstwhile colony embarks on reviving the economy to achieve its middle income economic vision by 2030.