India and Africa are set to forge the “defining partnership” of the next decades by jointly combating the coronavirus pandemic and coalescing their strengths to address challenges of the post-Covid …Read More
Ahead of the fourth India-Africa Forum Summit next year, senior officials from the two global hubs of growth are set to hold a wide-ranging review meeting to appraise progress in …Read More
2016 is set to be the year of Africa for India’s diplomacy, with Narendra Modi heading on the first-ever four-nation tour by an Indian prime minister to the continental Africa in decades. PM Modi’s visit, preceded by President Pranab Mukherjee’s visits to Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Namibia and Vice-President Hamid Ansari’s trips to Morocco and Tunisia, has raised the bar for India’s diplomatic outreach to Africa, and underscores the emergence of the resurgent continent as an important pole in the country’s foreign policy calculus.
The clichéd narrative of competition and rivalry between India and China in Africa is a tad overplayed as the two Asian powers have different core strengths and models of engaging Africa. India can’t possibly surpass China in terms of trade volumes in the near term, but Modi’s visit to the four African countries is meant to signal that India is raising the game and is ready to match its rhetoric with resources and core strengths to expand and transform a mutually empowering partnership with the renascent continent.
The attacks on African nationals in Delhi and other parts of India has come as a shock to the government which has made Africa an important priority in its foreign …Read More
The third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was undoubtedly the biggest diplomatic event hosted by India in the recent times. The summit stood out in many ways. Unlike previous summits which …Read More
A subtle but sure competition is emerging between New Delhi and Beijing in courting Africa with each of these two rising countries in Asia offering wider choices for the African nations. “Beijing Consensus” of multilateralism, “non-intervention”, “no regime change”, “win-win” was counter posed in the last decade against the dominant Washington Consensus.Read More
Amid a growing bilateral relationship but limited understating of each other, the news media of India and Africa have decided to step up their engagement to unleash the voices of the two youngest regions of the world and create fresh narratives of each other.Read More
It’s a digital bridge connecting the two emerging growth poles of the world in a transformational project of mutual empowerment and resurgence. Blending technology, innovation and creative diplomacy with the overarching project of socio-economic transformation and sustainable development, the Pan-African e-Network is bridging the digital divide across the African continent and is bringing tele-medicine and tele-education to the African people living thousands of miles away by linking them to premier educational institutions and super-specialty hospitals in India.Read More
Relations between India and Angola, one of major oil producers in Africa, are underpinned by a vibrant energy partnership and harks back to pre-independence era of Angola. In an act …Read More
With months to go before the third India-Africa Forum Summit, New Delhi is putting its Africa diplomacy into high gear as it rolls out the red carpet for Tanzania’s President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
The Tanzanian leader, accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers and senior officials, will be in India on a five-day visit starting June 17.
Bolstering infrastructure through soft loans has been the overriding focus of India’s diplomatic outreach to the East African nation. The Indian government extended a Line of Credit (LOC) of US$ 40 million for supply of tractors and agricultural equipment in June 2009 and another LOC of US$ 36.56 million for supply of Ashok Leyland trucks to Tanzania. During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Tanzania in 2011, India unveiled another LOC of US$ 178.125 million for the development of water supply projects.
The 50,000-strong Indian community forms an enduring bridge between the two countries.Read More