India and Africa Vow to Deepen Ties in Key Sectors

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Minister of South Africa, Maite Nkoana Mashabane said, "South Africa and India share a common value and objective, which were forged during the struggle against colonialism and for liberation and democracy in South Africa."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in South Africa as part of India's diplomatic outreach to Africa for furthering the diplomatic and economic ties between both. In Johannesburg, PM Narendra Modi addressed an estimated gathering of 11,000 members of Indian Diaspora at a stadium and applauded both countries and their common heritage, “South Africa is the land of Mandela and the karmabhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi.”

Both countries agreed to intensify dialogue in key areas such as production, manufacturing and minerals while vowing to vigorously participate in countering terrorism and other multilateral concerns.

PM Narendra Modi also held a dialogue with South African President, Jacob Zuma. International Relations and Cooperation Minister of South Africa, Maite Nkoana Mashabane said, "South Africa and India share a common value and objective, which were forged during the struggle against colonialism and for liberation and democracy in South Africa."

PM Narendra Modi did a four-nation tour of Africa where he visited South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya, and signed a number of agreements and MoUs between top leaders of India and South Africa. The MoU signed between Dube Trade Port and Cipla India will see Rand 1.3 billion biosimilar plant produce cheaper drugs for local government and private sector. Another agreement was signed between SAAB Grintek Defense and Tata Power for production of land electronic defence systems in India. MMI Holdings and Aditya Birla Nuvo also signed an MoU for a joint venture in health and insurance sector in India.

On 11th July, PM Modi visited Kenya, where he was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House to deepen bilateral ties between both countries. All the four African countries are traditional partners for India.

The writer is a member of the Diplomatist Editorial Board

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