Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that over the decades, India-Africa ties have become stronger, after inaugurating the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Annual General Meeting, is being underway at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
This is the first time that the AfDB is holding its annual meeting outside of the African continent. The five-day meeting will conclude on May 26.
The PM said that after assuming office in 2014, he made Africa a top priority for India’s foreign and economic policy.
The Prime Minister said Father of the Nation Mahatama Gandhi had perfected his tools of non-violence in Africa.
He said India’s partnership with Africa is based on a model of cooperation which is responsive to needs of African countries, it is demand driven. Further, he announced that India extends line of credit to Africa via Exim bank.
“India is proud of its education and technical ties with Africa. He added that more than 33,000 scholarship given to African officials since 2007,” he added.
PM Modi also affirmed that India is committed towards partnership in skill development with Africa. He also highlighted areas where India has been a strong support for Africans.
India and Africa face many common challenges. PM said that India is keen on learning from experiences of the African people.
India- Africa trade has increased over the last 15 years. PM also said that the trade doubled in the last 5 years to reach nearly seventy-two billion dollars in 2014-15.