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3rd India-Africa Forum Summit
Oct 30, 2015

The Third Africa-India Forum Summit (AIFS-III) was held in New Delhi from 26-29 October. The 4 day summit started with consultations on official level followed by the head of states/governments level summit on 29 October 2015. Earlier it was scheduled to be held in December 2014, with a three-year gap after the 2011 Adis Ababa summit. It was postponed to 2015 to include more number of African leaders unlike previous two occasion where the event was restricted to only 10-15 African countries.

The forum summit began at a modest scale hosted some African leaders in 2008 in New Delhi. This was followed by another forum summit in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in 2011, on a smaller scale.

  • 54 African Union countries took part in it.

  • United Arab Emirates and Singapore were the special invitees.

  • India offered credit at concessional rates of $10 billion over 5 years.

  • India also offer a grant assistance of 600 million dollar. This will include an India-Africa Development Fund of 100 million dollar and an India-Africa Health Fund of 10 million U.S. dollar.

  • 50,000 more scholarships will be given to African students.

  • In addition India has already pledged about $7.4 billion since 2008, most of which stands approved and at least half of that already disbursed.

  • This concessional credit is responsible for the creation of about 137 projects in 41 countries today.

  • The Pan-African e-Network, the brainchild of former president APJ Abdul Kalam is working well for Africa. This connects universities and hospitals in 48 African nations to counter parts in Indian cities for professional advice and training.

  • A fibre optic network built provides satellite connectivity to the centres.

  • India has awarded 25,000 scholarships for students across Africa.

  • The India-Africa Forum Summit was one of India’s most ambitious diplomatic outreach events in over two decades.

China has been wooing Africa for the last 15 years or so. It has been pouring billions of dollars into ports, rail tracks, football stadiums, highways, dams and other major infrastructure projects.

China is Africa’s largest trading partner doing an annual trade of roughly $200 billion. Much of the trade is related to getting Africa’s oil and minerals shipped to mainland China to fuel its insatiable hunger.

India is also wooing mineral-rich Africa for the same reasons as China. As India’s economy takes off again, the need for natural resources will steadily mount. Already India is buying oil from Nigeria, Algeria, Mozambique and Angola, ONGC Videsh is now looking to invest in West Africa.

The India-Africa forum summit was aimed at deepening the spirit of partnership, strengthening international solidarity and expanding cooperation.

India feels that the Agenda-2063 document, which spells out Africa’s vision over the next five decades, is closely aligned with Indian and African development goals and international aspirations.

The third edition of the four day IAFS summit enabled consultations at the highest political level between the heads of government of 54 nations across Africa and the Indian government to give a new thrust to our age-old partnership. It provided an opportunity to not only reflect on the past, but to define the road ahead in tune with the times we live in.


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