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India-Africa Summit begins: political ties, development partnership on agenda

Representatives of 54 African nations, including heads of state and governments of around 40 countries and powerful African Union are expected to participate in the summit.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi |
Updated: October 27, 2015 3:25:01 pm
Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi uk visit, Modi’s Wembley event, uk Narendra Modi visit, modi uk visit, modi britain visit, india news, nation news A delegate arrives in a battery-operated car at the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI)

In A bid to step up engagement with Africa, two joint documents — on themes focussed on political and development cooperation — will be unveiled on October 29, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts the African leaders for the India-Africa Forum summit.

This was revealed at the end of the meeting of senior officials attended by officials from all 54 African countries, representatives of the African Union and the Indian government.

On the first day of the four-day India-Africa Summit, top officials of India and a number of African countries discussed a specific framework to boost ties besides deliberating on a “political document”.

Watch – Indo-Africa Forum Summit: What To Expect 

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“They are negotiating two documents. One is going to be a political document which will talk of the political partnership between India and Africa. It will touch upon global and regional issues. Other one is going to be a framework document of cooperation which will talk about the development partnership of Africa, line of credit by India to African nations,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

On Thursday, the summit will see interaction at the level of foreign ministers, while the third leg will see a meeting of heads of states on October 29.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cape Verde, Ghana among others tomorrow.

Representatives of 54 African nations, including heads of state and governments of around 40 countries and powerful African Union are expected to participate in the summit.

India’s current trade with Africa is around USD 75 billion and it has granted a whopping USD 7.4 billion for various developmental and capacity building projects in the past four years. India has implemented a total of 137 projects in 41 African countries during the period.

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