PM to receive doctorate in India
PRIME Minister Pakalitha Mosisili will be conferred with an honorary doctorate on saturday by India’s Lovely Professional University (LUP).
Dr Mosisili is in New Delhi for the third India-africa Forum summit which began on Monday and ends today. According to the summit’s official website, the four-day summit was meant to enable “consultation between heads of 54 nations across Africa and the Indian government to give a new thrust to our age-old partnership”.
In a series of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the summit as one of the biggest gatherings of African leaders outside their continent and a reflection of the desire on both sides to engage more intensively.
Dr Mosisili, who was accompanied by First Lady ‘Mathato Mosisili, Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister tlohang sekhamane, trade and Industry Minister Joshua setipa and industry representatives among others, arrived in India on tuesday and held a bilateral meeting with Mr Modi yesterday.
According to Dr Mosisili’s spokesperson, Motumi Ralejoe, the summit sought to foster African-indian relations.
Mr Ralejoe further said the premier would also be the guest of honour at LUP’S graduation ceremony. In addition to receiving the honorary doctorate, Dr Mosisili would also deliver a keynote address at the ceremony.
“our major focus, apart from the degree that the prime minister will receive, is the summit which seeks to increase trade between India and Africa,” Mr Ralejoe told the Lesotho Times en-route to New Delhi on tuesday.
“the prime minister and his delegation’s major focus is on issues of trade, industry and youth-empowerment to reduce the high unemployment rate among Basotho youth.
“We will also be looking at ways to partner with India and other organisations in eradicating poverty and hunger, especially in light of the challenge our country is facing of HIV/ AIDS.”