In Addis Ababa, experts canvass strong media bond for Africa-India partnership

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By Kabir Alabi Garba

Efforts at strengthening Africa-India partnership for mutual socio-political and economic growth of the two sides may be jeopidised without corresponding strong media bond built on the understanding of free flow of information as mechanism for driving change and development.

This was the consensus of experts at the India-Africa Media Partnership Symposium: Building Bridges held at the weekend as a prelude to the Second Africa-India Forum Summit, which opens May 24, 2011 at the Headquarters of the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In addition to bridging the knowledge gab, that presumably, now exists between the two regions, such media partnership, according to India’s Vice-Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Vivek Katju, will enhance the struggles by Africa and India to combat the common challenge of poverty.

“There has been a long tradition of direct interaction between the leaderships of India and Africa. However, there has been a paucity of such contact in many other areas including academics and the world of the media,” Vivek Katju noted, adding that the paucity “has led to a certain element of our knowledge of each other coming to us through third quarters.” This must change, the minister insisted.

He felt that “this symposium would help to establish direct contacts between our media leading to partnerships which would significantly contribute to the addition in our knowledge of each other in all dimensions.”

Underlining the unique nature of India-Africa partnership, Katju said that India and Africa, which jointly defeated colonialism, are now “engaged in an equally important struggle, the struggle to eliminate poverty and uplift our people.”

The real challenge before our societies, economies and polities, he noted, “ is to make our peoples fully equipped to deal with the demands of the modern post-industrial world so that they are able to live lives of dignity, respect and prosperity in the knowledge age,” while insisting that the media can play a critical role in this process.

“We have an ambitious partnership. Our goals and objectives are high. We are searching new pathways even while consolidating areas where we have made progress,” as he alluded to the May 24-25 summit that will firm up a blueprint for deepening and diversifying the India-Africa partnership.

Team of senior journalists from India and Africa participated in the programme, expected  to generate a set of recommendations for  approval by the leaders of India and Africa at the end of the summit on May 25.

Primarily, the summit is expected to culminate in the Addis Ababa Declaration and the Africa-India Framework for Enhanced Cooperation which will map out the trajectory of the India-Africa engagement for the next few years. India hosted the first forum summit in April 2008.

 

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