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Nick Clegg has arrived in Mozambique today (13 February), on his first visit to Sub Saharan Africa as Deputy Prime Minister (DPM). On a trip that will also take in Ethiopia, the visit forms part of the UK’s engagement with Africa during our G8 presidency year. The DPM will speak with political and business leaders to discuss how the G8’s agenda; trade, tax and transparency, can make a difference to African nations.
African economies are growing quickly, with 7 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies in Africa. This money should be invested into much needed public services, such as health and education and building better infrastructure to raise the prosperity of its populations. But often revenues are lost through corruption, poor governance and opaque business practices - and developing countries get stuck into a cycle of aid and dependency.
The UK’s G8 presidency has a global focus, tackling issues that can make a real difference to the lives of the poorest people in developing countries and will encourage action within G8 countries to get their own houses in order, to make a difference globally.