Commonwealth Office Appoints Baldwin Minister for Africa

By Dele Ogbodo

The United Kingdom (UK) and the eighteen African countries which composed of the Commonwealth Office

and the Department for International Development, yesterday announced the appointment of Mrs. Harriett Baldwin MP, as the new joint Minister for Africa.

Mr. Joe Abuku, Press and Public Affairs Officer, for the British High Commission in Abuja, in a statement on Thursday said Baldwin, expressed her delight at the new dispensation while hoping to synergies with African countries on promotion of her mandate.

According to the statement, the new minister is taking over from Rory Stewart, who has moved to the Ministry of Justice.

The excited Baldwin, said: "I am honoured to have been appointed and look forward to representing global Britain with African nations to tackle a range of opportunities and challenges in Africa.

"UK has longstanding and important relationships, and I will work for even stronger partnership with Africa nations, finding new ways to fight poverty, minimise threats and build mutual prosperity.

"Eighteen African nations are part of the Commonwealth, so a priority for the upcoming Commonwealth Summit will be looking at how we meet the ambitions of the next generation, including creating the jobs and economic growth so crucial for a modern Africa."

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