Djibouti is on a mission to forge stronger financial ties with Britain despite concerns over political stability.
The small Horn of Africa state wants British investment to help build up its economy.
However, allegations of corruption also lurk over the Djibouti government's shoulder.
In a special video package from the first ever UK-Djibouti trade and investment forum in London, IBTimes UK spoke to Djibouti's economy and finance minister Ilyas Dawaleh and the protesters gathered outside the trade forum.
For the full video, check out IBTimes TV or the video on the right hand side of this page.