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PRESS RELEASE : UK Envoy appointed for the UK-African Investment Summit 2024 [May 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 11 May 2023.

Former Ambassador to Ethiopia appointed Envoy for next year’s partnership investment summit in London.

Dr Alastair McPhail CMG OBE has been appointed Envoy for the UK-African Investment Summit 2024.

Over the coming months Dr McPhail will hit the ground running and engage with governments and organisations invited to the Summit to listen to their expectations, build partnerships, and start to make mutually beneficial opportunities for the UK and African partners a reality.

He has extensive experience of working with – and in – African countries. Most recently he was British Ambassador to Ethiopia, which included the role of Permanent Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa – from January 2019 to January 2023. He will work with Michael Tatham CMG – who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Summit – to deliver the event.

The official Twitter channel for the Summit has also launched, which will be the source for information and updates about the Summit, as well as showcase UK-African partnerships.

Minister for Africa and Development Andrew Mitchell, said:

The UK-African Investment Summit 2024 aims to promote two-way trade and investment between the UK and African countries, creating jobs and growth. Our Summit Envoy will play a key role in developing the partnerships, based on respect and mutual benefit, that will lie at the heart of the Summit.