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Third India-Africa Forum Summit

Development and progress of Africa is in the interest of the entire world community and the United Nations should take a lead in coordinating the efforts of developed and developing countries in chalking out a 10-year-plan for Africa, writes N.S. Venkatraman for South Asia Monitor.

 

Relations between India and Morocco go back to the 14th century. Over the years, India and Morocco have enjoyed cordial and friendly relations and bilateral relations have witnessed significant growth. 

 

There are fresh opportunities for cooperation. Space has opened up to reinvent an old relationship.

 

India has taken its UN obligations seriously, and has been at the forefront in providing peacekeepers across the globe, especially in Africa, writes Maj. Gen. Dhruv C. Katoch

 

India and Africa are connected through the medium of the oceans and this has been an ancient linkage.  In the modern context, the advent of the colonial phase of recent history  and the Afro-Asian experience testifies to the relevance of the maritime domain in shaping the regional strategic and security environment., writes C.Uday Bhaskar

 

The commerce department is firming up an export strategy focused on Africa, giving a new dimension to the government's strategic push for ties with the continent that could offer a large market for Indian goods at a time of slowing global demand. 

 

Africa is the land of immense growth potential. India’s presence in Africa has been muted — the trade is pegged at about $75 billion, far lower than that of China and the European Union, investments have been higher than with either the EU or China. 

 

In his speech at the India-Africa Forum Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi candidly admitted that India, at times, hasn’t been able to deliver on African expectations.

 

The third India-Africa Forum Summit has been depicted as truly historic. It is so for three reasons: it was the largest assembly of African leaders (of 54 countries) outside Africa; the biggest gathering of Africa’s 41 heads of state/government on Indian soil; and it saw India unveiling a bigger development cooperation package than ever before.

 
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India’s shared history with Africa is significant, but harping on it alone may not be in India’s long term economic interest. India needs to do much more than hosting grand events in New Delhi, writes Malancha Chakrabarty for South Asia Monitor.

 


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