India now sees Africa as a promising market for Indian goods, services, and investments. This is evident in the government’s recent concerted focus on the India-Africa relationship—high profile visits by top leaders to African countries, a recasting of India’s development diplomacy, and an attempt to match action to past promises
The third India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi concluded on 29 October 2015. It is time that India begins work towards elevating the partnership with Africa and move ahead from the lofty ideals and grand vision statements. A conscious effort to shift gears and pour in investment in Africa is the need of the hour.
Changes in how India plans to approach its relationship with Africa were evident at the recent India-Africa Forum Summit, including the wider representation of African countries, and Modi’s push to forge a united front with Africa at multilateral institutions on trade and other issues. But beyond these, gaps in the India-Africa alliance remain to be addressed.
The third India-Africa Forum Summit this week in New Delhi may be the right opportunity for the Modi government to formulate a strong Africa policy, and hosting more than 50 heads of African states will give India a chance to deepen the relationship and open access to newer markets.
The Third India Africa Forum Summit is being held in New Delhi from October 26-29, 2015. The mood in Africa around the Summit is evident as, for the first time, all 54 countries have representations. Ambassador Neelam Deo, Director, Gateway House, talks to us about the Summit and the many elections currently underway in the continent.
The Third India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) is currently underway in New Delhi. Over 50 heads of state from the African Union are expected to attend the Summit. Rajiv Bhatia, former Ambassador/High Commissioner in Kenya, Myanmar, Mexico and South Africa, lists the priorities for its success.
The India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi this week has not generated much excitement among African media, academia, and think tanks. But it will be useful for the African bloc to have a strategic game-plan about the Africa-India relationship of the future, across such areas as trade and public health