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A man walking outside the Sharm el Sheikh International Convention Centre during the COP27 in Egypt climate summit opening. www.theexchange.africa

Speaking on the first day of COP27 in Egypt, Dr. Adesina said the funding would strengthen collective efforts to build climate resilience for African countries which are suffering from increasing frequencies of droughts, floods and cyclones that are devastating economies in Africa.

The Glasgow Climate Pact included a commitment from donors to double adaptation finance in 2025 from 2019 levels. Earlier, Sunak announced that the UK will surpass that target and triple adaptation funding from £500 million in 2019 to £1.5 billion in 2025. The funding package provided to AfDB will be part of this commitment.

The Netherlands has also announced that it will contribute to the CAW alongside the UK funding. The Foreign Secretary has called on other countries to contribute over the coming months.

Sunak also confirmed during the COP27 in Egypt that the UK is delivering the target of spending £11.6 billion on International Climate Finance (ICF) alongside the new and expanded solar and geothermal power plants in Kenya, Nairobi’s ground-breaking Railway City and a major public-private partnership on the Grand Falls Dam hydropower project – including a US$3 billion investment led by UK firm GBM Engineering.

According to The Carnegie Endowment, “UK investors accounted for the second-largest FDI stock in Africa in 2019 with US$66 billion, with roughly 83 per cent concentrated in oil, gas, mining, and financial services.” 

However, the connection between the two areas is important. After the UK’s post-Brexit foreign and development policy, the relationship between the two was strengthened in 2020 during the UK Africa Investment Summit, thanks to the establishment of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this year in Rwanda, common principles and plans for improving people’s lives were reaffirmed. The most ideal goal to which almost every country in the region aspires is the economic prosperity of Africa.

Investors from the United Kingdom (UK) have been invited to tap into emerging business opportunities in Kenya on the promise that the East African nation remains one of the most attractive investment destinations in Africa.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is in the European country made the invitation during a business forum hosted by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and the Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence.