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Duke of Sussex highlights growing economic ties in Zambia visit

The duke highlighted the growing economic ties between the UK and Zambia.

Zambian traditional dancers perform for Prince Harry (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
Zambian traditional dancers perform for Prince Harry (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

The Duke of Sussex is the latest member of the monarchy to visit Africa in the wake of Theresa May’s push to deepen trade ties with the continent following Brexit.

Harry has begun a two-day trip to Zambia and is following in the footsteps of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall – who toured three African nations earlier this month.

Theresa May made a high profile trade mission to Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria during August and September, in an attempt to bolster Britain’s post-Brexit fortunes.

The duke highlighted the growing economic ties between the UK and Zambia during a reception which celebrated the relationship between the two countries.

He told guests: “Britain is Zambia’s oldest relationship. It is one that has thrived over the past 54 years, and it continues to evolve – from the UK’s development assistance, to growing mutually beneficial trade and investment.

“The British Chamber of Commerce is exemplary of that. The chamber, working together with the British High Commission, has launched an effort to contribute to Zambia’s economic development – making it easier to do business in Zambia, and encouraging more British companies to trade and invest here.”

Speaking at the residence of Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, Britain’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Harry added: “There are many well-established British companies here already and more are arriving. By creating jobs and wealth, the private sector is a catalyst to ending poverty.”

Earlier, the duke met Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu during a meeting at State House in the capital Lusaka.

During his visit, Harry will visit Burma Barracks to attend an event commemorating the contribution of Zambian’s forces during the First and Second World Wars.

He will also travel to BongoHive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub. The organisation provides a range of start-up and tech programmes, workshops and events all focused on making Zambia Africa’s next hotbed of innovation.

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