India-Africa ties set to be redefined

February 12th, 2008 - 6:20 pm ICT by admin  

Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Recognising the immense opportunities for cooperation with Africa, India is set to redefine its relations with the 54-nation continent by enhancing engagement, particularly in the economic field.
A fresh direction in the relationship is expected next month when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds “brainstorming” sessions with the leaders of African countries at the India-Africa Forum Summit here.
The Summit to be held on March 8, is likely to see India announcing duty cuts for certain imports from Africa and assistance in developmental projects.
Discussions will focus on how India and Africa can develop their partnership in the first part of the 21st century, official sources said.
An action plan for furthering cooperation in areas like environment, health, education, energy and mining will be announced at the summit, which could form a precursor for a broader India-Africa Summit.
The meeting will be attended by the heads of states of 14 African nations, who will have the mandate of the entire continent as they have been chosen by the African Union itself.
India’s engagement with Africa over the last six decades has focussed primariliy on providing assistance in developmental projects and peacekeeping operations. (ANI with inputs)

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