Modi seeks to drum up busi­ness in African tour

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day kicked off a four­na­tion tour of Africa, as In­dia scram­bles to catch up with its Asian ri­val China’s strong pres­ence on the con­ti­nent.

“My Africa tour, aimed at en­hanc­ing ties be­tween In­dia and Africa, will be­gin from Mozambique in a brief but key visit,” Modi tweeted be­fore his ar­rival, the first by an In­dian leader to the south­ern African coun­try in 34 years.

Modi held talks with Mozam­bi­can Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi in Maputo and will also take in South Africa, Tan­za­nia and Kenya dur­ing the five-day tour.

In­dia has been work­ing to build ties with African na­tions as it vies for a greater share of the con­ti­nent’s natural re­sources. Last year, it hosted a sum­mit of Africa’s heads of state in New Delhi.

Its eco­nomic foot­print in Africa is dwarfed by that of China, whose trade with the con­ti­nent topped $200 bil­lion last year.

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