By Tom Porteous
Why has Africa develop into such a big precedence for Britain's overseas coverage? What pursuits and values is the united kingdom trying to uphold? Why has relief to Africa greater than tripled during the last decade? How has the UK's involvement within the conflict on Terror affected its efforts there? In Britain in Africa, Tom Porteous seeks to reply to those and different questions on Britain's position in Africa due to the fact that 1997. He offers an account of the main gamers, the regulations they developed within the shadow of the struggle in Iraq and the way forward for Britain's engagement with the continent.
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It was unfortunate, however, that Cook allowed his advisers explicitly to spin his policy as an ‘ethical foreign policy’ in the first weeks of his tenure. Presented in this way the initiative raised hackles in the FCO by suggesting that until now officials had been implementing 30 an unethical foreign policy. 11 It was only a matter of time before the FCO would be exposed as failing to meet those high ethical standards. The first test came almost immediately when in May 1997 the British government banned Nigerian aircraft from flying into the UK on safety grounds.
Together with the NGO lobbying that gave rise to them, they did help to increase 47 The players adherence to international labour standards along companies’ One the sensitivity of companies to the links between their activities and corruption, conflict, environmental degradation, exploitation of workers’ rights and other abuses. Large companies whose profitability depended on maintaining good reputations were particularly sensitive. But ultimately the voluntary nature of all these schemes limited their effectiveness as a means of bringing about substantive changes in corporate behaviour on the ground, especially in those unstable parts of Africa where a change of practice was most urgent.
Nigeria was a serious and serial abuser of human rights. Its military government was extremely repressive and showed little sign of being willing to give up power. The country was also mired deep in corruption, and this appeared to be facilitating the work of international criminal groups and money launderers. The hanging of the Ogoni environmental activist Ken Saro Wiwa in 1995 had provoked international outrage, not only against Nigeria (which was suspended from the Commonwealth) but also against the multinational oil companies which were seen as complicit in media were demanding that credible international pressure be put on Abacha to go.
Britain in Africa (African Arguments) by Tom Porteous