News story: Foreign Secretary visit to Africa: April to May 2019

first_img £52 million for a solar power plant £11 million by British business De La Rue £1.4 million support for creative industries The Foreign Secretary announced £15.5 million in UK aid to help Ethiopia run transparent, free and fair elections. He also announced a new Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship programme, for 60 African journalists to gain experience with leading UK media organisations. Jeremy Hunt championed a new UK diplomatic push across the continent of Africa, including French-speaking countries where the UK has traditionally played a smaller role. This page provides an overview of the visit with links to the main announcements. find out more about Ethiopia and the UK follow @UKinEthiopia find out more about Ghana and the UK follow @UKinGhana Jeremy Hunt watches representatives of UK company Bekoz and Nigerial company Interswitch GRP sign a £56 million deal.Fighting extremismOn Wednesday 1 May the Foreign Secretary visited the World Food Programme warehouse in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. He spoke to people providing life-saving support to millions who have fled their homes following terrorist attacks.He also met with the UK Military Liaison and Support Team which is working with the Nigerian military. The UK remains committed to supporting the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa. The Foreign Secretary speaking at the launch of English Connects. KenyaOn Friday 3 May the Foreign Secretary listened to Kenyan entrepreneurs pitching for new business ideas as part of a UK aid funded programme. Winners can access up to £100,000 each in grant funding and technical assistance to help them scale up. find out more about Nigeria and the UK follow @UKinNigeria View more about the Foreign Secretary’s Africa visit and @foreignoffice for updates during the visit. The Foreign Secretary meeting British and Nigerian soldiers working together to help combat Boko Haram.Climate changeClimate change could have a catastrophic impact on hundreds of millions of people across Nigeria, the Sahel, and more widely across Africa, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest. Jeremy Hunt announced nearly £153 million funding for new UK aid programmes to help farmers across Africa and South Asia adapt to the effects of climate change and boost climate resilience in Ethiopia. Read more about the £64 million funding for Kenyan businesses. Read more about investment and trade with African nations. GhanaThe Foreign Secretary visited Ghana on Tuesday 30 April, where he welcomed new business deals with British companies. In one such deal, the Ghanaian government has approved a £26 million agreement with British business Aqua Africa to reduce water poverty in the country. Find out more about how the UK is promoting media freedom around the world. Friday was also World Press Freedom Day 2019, and the Foreign Secretary visited the BBC Africa team and their new bureau in Nairobi. Jeremy Hunt with some of the winners of the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund Business Innovation Challenge 2019.The Foreign Secretary welcomed £64 million of UK funding for Kenyan businesses that includes: EthiopiaThe Foreign Secretary visited Ethiopia on Thursday 2 May, where he spoke at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Addis Ababa. Jeremy Hunt speaking with the Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey. find out more about Senegal and the UK follow @UKinSenegal Learn more about how the UK is helping Nigeria to fight extremism. Find out about the vital role the UK is playing in tackling climate change. SenegalOn Monday 29 April the Foreign Secretary saw how the Royal Navy is training Senegal’s naval special forces to help protect the country’s new offshore oil and gas installations.The UK will fund a new £4 million English language programme in French and Portuguese speaking countries across Africa, and Jeremy Hunt launched the ‘English Connects’ programme at the Université Virtuelle du Sénégal in Dakar. Over the next 2 years, it will support the teaching and learning of English in sub-Saharan Africa countries where English is not widely spoken. find out more about Kenya and the UK follow @UKinKenya NigeriaThe Foreign Secretary arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday 30 April for the inaugural meeting of the UK/Nigeria Economic Development Forum.last_img read more

Arsenal through to Champions League group stages

first_imgAlexis Sanchez’s first goal for Arsenal since his £35m move from Barcelona claimed the prize of a place in the Champions League group stage for the 17th successive season on a tense night at Emirates Stadium.The Chilean struck the goal that edged out Besiktas but Arsenal had to survive nervous moments – including playing the last 14 minutes with 10 men after Mathieu Debuchy was sent off – before winning this qualifier.And for manager Arsene Wenger, Sanchez’s strike ensured a rich reward on his expensive summer investment as Arsenal once again go into Thursday’s draw for the group phase.Besiktas were furious when Jack Wilshere’s first-half tackle on Ramon Motta in the area went unpunished while Arsenal missed chances of their own to ease the anxiety sweeping around the stadium in the closing stages.Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live”As an Arsenal fan, my heart was in my mouth a few times. The Jack Wilshere penalty claim was 100% a penalty for Besiktas.”They have scrapped through, but they are through, and Arsene Wenger has preserved his wonderful record.” With Aaron Ramsey suspended, Wilshere was at the heart of Arsenal’s best work with an energetic display that put recent poor form behind him, while Sanchez demonstrated the work-rate and quality up front that has Wenger believing he will be central to their season.Arsenal also showed defensive resilience with reduced numbers in the dying moments as Turkish side Besiktas cast caution aside in the search for the goal that would have put them into the lucrative next stage of the Champions League.It was always going to be tense after a goalless first leg and even though this qualifier was decided on fine margins, Arsenal will ultimately have no complaints because this was all about ensuring they did not slip out at this hurdle.Wenger must now decide whether losing striker Olivier Giroud – out for the rest of the year after surgery on a broken tibia – will force him into the transfer market before the window closes on Monday. Alexis Sanchez’s last Champions League goal was for Barcelona against Benfica in October 2012.Arsenal have attacking talent but it remains open to debate whether they have the sort of wider firepower that will enable them to mount a serious Premier League title challenge and tackle the best the Champions League has to offer.Who Arsenal could get in the group stagesBest case: Arsenal, Basle, Sporting, MariborWorst case: Arsenal, PSG, Ajax, RomaA promising early opening, which saw Wilshere slide an angled drive wide when he should have hit the target and Santi Cazorla do the same from keeper Tolga Zengin’s wayward clearance, proved something of a false dawn. Besiktas were determined in defence and carried a threat going forward that led to an air of frustration as their first half progressed.And the visitors were also nursing a sense of injustice as they felt they were denied two penalties when Debuchy slid in on Mustafa Pektemek and when Wilshere appeared to take down Motta as he slipped making a challenge in the area.Sanchez’s goal means that Arsenal will play in the Champions League for a 17th consecutive season.Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic – forced to watch from the stands after being sent from his technical area in the first leg – certainly felt aggrieved as he jumped out of his seat in protest at referee Pedro Proenca’s refusal to rule in favour of his side. Just as Arsenal looked certain to get to half-time on level terms, Wilshere forced the issue with another run into the area to play in Sanchez for an angled finish.The pair linked up again early in the second half as Wilshere’s vision gave Sanchez another opportunity inside the area but his snapshot was deflected off target.Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba gave Arsenal a worrying moment with a shot into the sidenetting on the turn – but the Gunners had moments of their own to settle it, with Debuchy heading wide and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seeing a shot blocked by Zengin from only eight yards.The concerns increased for Arsenal and Wenger when they were reduced to 10 men with 14 minutes left after Debuchy received a second yellow card for tangling with Pektemek. He clearly got the ball but referee Proenca felt he had dragged the player back first.Besiktas attempted to press home their numerical advantage, Ba almost getting on the end of one cross, but Arsenal held out and the Emirates was able to look forward to more Champions League football. Ja                                 Jack Wilshere was fortunate not to concede a penalty in the first half.Right-ba                       Mathieu Debuchy will now miss Arsenal’s first group game through suspension.last_img read more