India Plans Mega Africa Push
New Delhi: India has planned mega Africa push amid growing opposition to Chinese debt trap in the Africa continent with January 19 earmarked as the Africa Day in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
Rwandan President and current African Union chair Paul Kagame besides Ministers from several African countrieswillbepresentontheoccasion with an objective to seek wider Indian presence in their continent. Various inter-African economic groupings representingvariousgeographicalgroupings will be present on the occasion, informed persons familiar with the event.
Almost 200 African businessmen have registered for the Africa Day meet in Gandhinagar to explore Gujarat market and wider Indian market. This is the first time that India has announced an African Day in keeping with high-level engagements with the continent since mega India-Africa summit here in 2015.
With countries across Western, Eastern and Southern Africa experiencing debt trap owing to Chinese loans, countries in the continent are increasingly looking at India to partner in their development endeavours based on Delhi’s goodwill and non-in- terfering approach.
ThemovetoincreaseGujarat’slinks with African countries began in 2017 when the African Development Bank (ADB) organised its annual meeting where both India, Japan and African countries resolved to create an AsiaAfrica Growth Corridor. Gujarat has decades old links with Africa with a strong diaspora from the state settled across Eastern Africa and contributing to local economies in a big way.
It will not just Eastern, Southern and Western Afric that will be represented. Morocco and Tunisia, emerging as a business destination in North Africa would also be represented on the occasion.