The newly appointed Minister for Africa for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development, Harriett Baldwin MP, has spoken about her new appointment and said she is looking forward to working with African countries to strengthen long-standing links with the UK.
57-year-old Mrs Baldin replaced Rory Stewart who moved to become Minister of State at the Department of Justice in Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest reshuffle.
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In a video released by the Department for International Development Mrs Baldwin said:
“I’m delighted to have been appointed Minister of State both in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the Department for International Development focussing on Africa.
“In this role, I look forward to strengthening the partnerships that we have with African countries, so many long standing trade and investment relationships, and I look forward to finding new and innovative ways to work with these countries not only in terms of trade and investment but also in fighting poverty and in tackling our mutual security challenges.
“Also really looking forward to this year as it is the Commonwealth Summit here in the UK to welcoming the Commonwealth and in particular the 18 African countries that are members of the Commonwealth.
“In short, it’s a very exciting time in Britain’shistory where as global Britain we step up our engagement with the world and specifically I look forward to working with African countries to strengthen those long standing links.”