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African countries and the African Union are increasingly dynamic diplomatic forces on the international stage. Africa has some of the world’s fastest growing economies, and Britain exports more to the continent than to China and India combined.
At the same time millions of Africans still live below the poverty line, and conflict and terrorism are growing problems in some regions.
These are just some of the reasons why Africa matters to the UK government. The UK is hosting an international conference on Somalia on 23 February to help tackle the problems faced by the country.