British Finance Minister Philip Hammond pledged millions of pounds in aid for South Africa’s developmental programmes, following talks with the country’s top political and business leaders.
“As Britain leaves the EU, we will be deepening our work with our international partners to build ever stronger economic links around the world,” he said in a statement issued by the British embassy.
“South Africa is a key strategic partner for the UK in Africa and internationally and we are determined to see that go from strength to strength.”
Hammond who held discussions with Pravin Gordhan, and International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane believes that the two countries will achieve this by working together to “tackle barriers to trade and growth, increase competitiveness and improve ease of doing business”.
South Africa is currently Britain’s biggest export market in Africa, with trade between the two countries reaching nearly 8 Billion pounds in 2015.