Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles have been honing their skills alongside Bravo Company of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division on a training exercise at Sennybridge. The package was part of a reciprocal training mission which saw the riflemen spend time at Fort Drum in New York State earlier this year. Read more here.
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7 Reasons We’re Excited About Africa’s Future
By Andrew Overton, Communications Officer at the British Embassy in Washington
This week brought over 40 African heads of state to Washington DC for and unprecedented US-Africa Leaders Summit. Similar to the EU-Africa Summit, the aim of the US-Africa Leaders Summit was to strengthen the existing ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world.
“We all know what makes Africa such an extraordinary opportunity,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday. “Some of the fastest growing economies in the world, a growing middle class, expanding sectors like manufacturing and retail, one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world.”
President Obama is not the only one with such a positive outlook on the region. The incredible growth and innovation on the African continent has been recognised by the UK government and UK businesses. We have strengthened our diplomatic and economic relationship with African countries.
Like the US, the UK is very optimistic about Africa’s future. Here are just 7 of the many reasons why…
Britain and the US do a huge amount of business together. Between April 2013 and March of this year, American companies started over 500 new investment projects in the UK, creating or safeguarding more than 32,000 jobs. That adds to an investment relationship that’s already worth around $1 trillion (yes, that’s trillion with a “T”), and is responsible for 2 million jobs, spread evenly between the two countries.
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In June, the British Embassy Washington escorted a group of US Congressional staffers to London and Brussels to witness firsthand how NATO operates to the benefit of transatlantic security and prosperity, and to understand how the UK plays its part as a leader in and significant contributor to NATO.
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