The first Africa-India Summit was held on 8 and 9 April 2008 in New Delhi. Sixteen delegations took part, including six African Heads of State, notably Presidents Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal), Joseph Kabila (DRC), John Kufuor (Ghana), Thabo Mbeki (South Africa), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania). The agenda of the Summit concerned mainly cooperation and trade. The second Summit billed for 20 to 25 May 2011, will be held along the same lines.

This cooperation between India and Africa is being structured at a period when the continent is witnessing considerable bilateral interest from emerging countries. Be they from the Arab world (Qatar), or from Asia (China), or Latin America (Venezuela). This new dimension is presented as the symbol of a break in North-South relations that failed to contribute towards Africa’s development, but rather promoted the exploitation and monopolisation of African resources.

During the 2008
Africa-India Summit, the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, announced a series of tariff provisions concerning exports to India. These included, the establishment of a tax-free preferential tariff regime for less-developed countries, “34 of which are in Africa”. The said programme was to cover 94% of all India’s tariff lines, concerning cotton, cocoa, aluminium, copper, cashew nuts, sugar cane, ready-to-wear clothing, fishing nets and non-industrial diamonds.

In order to improve on cooperation that between 2004 and 2008, had credit lines worth 2.15 billion dollars (over 900 billion FCFA), it was announced that there will be additional credit of 5.4 billion dollars (over 2250 billion FCFA).

Indo-African cooperation had to equally focus on increasing the budget of the “Aid for Africa” programme, with 500 million dollars to be invested in the next 5 to 6 years, starting from 2008. The sectors to be covered included: science, information technologies, professional teaching, research, energy and agriculture.

The second Summit to be held from 20 to 25 May in Addis Ababa is presented from New Delhi, as a meeting to evaluate measures undertaken and initiatives carried out following the first meeting. According to the Indian Minister of External Relations, on the 5.4 billion dollars worth of credit, over 2 billion may have been used by mid-term.

Some topics related to the summit:

  • India-Africa Partnership: Mid-term statement and vision for Africa
  • Indian private investment in Africa

  • India and the exploitation of extractive resources in Africa:
  • India and agricultural development in Africa
  • Implementation of the “Aid for Africa” programme
 

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