PM to re­ceive doc­tor­ate in In­dia

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

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.”

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