Recently, Africa’s progressively improving economic statistics have fuelled a notion that the resource-rich continent is recovering from its woes and is headed towards development at a high pace. However, there are several reasons to believe otherwise.
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The propensity of Africa’s leaders to seek medical treatment abroad illustrates the little faith they have in their own healthcare systems. Given how countless Africans don’t have the resources to follow their leaders’ steps, there should be increased political will to make affordable healthcare available at home.
India’s demand for resource security, potential trade and investment opportunities and a strategic partnership with the African Union is similar to that of China; but the approach that each nation has taken is rather different.
Angela Merkel's one day visits to Kenya, Angola, and Nigeria show that Germany is not all that interested in Africa. In the meantime, countries less preoccupied with demanding human rights requirements on their investments are building strong ties with Africa.
India and Brazil’s increasing engagement in Africa is a clear sign that both countries are embracing their new roles as global diplomats. By joining forces to bolster Africa’s food security, they have the chance to break ground on a tangible agenda that could have a far-reaching impact on matters of global concern
The quarterly review includes all Features written exclusively (unless mentioned otherwise) for Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations by various contributors and Gateway House staff.
In this chapter of ‘Two Billion dreams’, Renu Modi highlights the potential for India's experiences to provide unique support for Africa in their shared pursuit of food security. India’s investment of capital, technology, and political institutions can have a transformational effect on its partner in development.
India has emerged as a significant donor in Asia and Africa, second only to China. Its long record of supporting developing nations coupled with its focus on capacity building and accessibility make India an increasingly welcome benefactor.
India's political will and commitment to build ties afresh with Africa have been on display. But the promises made need to be met.
Africa and India have agreed to continue their cooperation primarily by expanding their economic and political relations. They will also continue cooperating on technology, social development, health, culture and infrastructure to name a few.