What a difference a couple of decades make.
At the turn of the century, Tony Blair remarked that “the state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world”.
This week, on her first official visit to the continent, Theresa May embraced a new vision of optimism and hope.
She spoke of the opportunities that Africa presents, stressing that “now is the time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships” and that she looked forward to discussing “how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs”.
While closer ties with the African continent offer a host of opportunities for UK businesses across all sectors, nowhere is that potential more obvious than in fintech. The truth is that the UK fintech industry and Africa need each other – and this mission is a timely one for our multi-billion pound sector.