India, Africa deepen ties

SHARE   |   Monday, 30 July 2018   |   By Bakang Tiro
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One of the world‘s fastest growing economies, India‘s engagement with Africa will continue to intensify and deepen its ties with Africa and the partnership will continue to be guided by principles of helping African states to diversify economies, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed.


Modi was addressing the Ugandan Parliament this week, where he said India is proud to partner with Africa and will continue to assist  to show commitment to solid partnership with the countries. Prime Minister Modi reckoned that his address of Uganda Parliament does not mean that his country is strengthening ties with the East African country only  but India is deepening its partnership and engagement across the vast expanse of Africa, inclusive Botswana.

He pointed out that engagement with Africa will continue to be guided by 10 principles,  amongst others. “One, Africa will be at the top of our priorities and as we have shown, it will be sustained on regular basis. Moreover our development partnership with you (Africa) will be guided by your priorities, as it will be on terms that will be comfortable to you, that will liberate your potential and not constrain your future,” underscored Modi.


Modi also revealed that India will support Africa in aspects of Agriculture, education, health and technological development, adding that India will keep its markets open and make it easier and more attractive to trade with India as well. “We will support our industry to invest in Africa, and we will harness India‘s experience with digital revolution to support Africa‘s development; improve delivery of public services; extending education and health as well as expanding digital literacy,” he said.

India further pledged support towards Africa by having helpful hand in fighting terrorism, climate change and keeping of the cyber space safe. He also contended that India and Africa have a future of great promise citing that the development partnership includes implementation of 180 Lines of Power Credit worth about USD 11 billion in over 40 African countries. “At the last India Africa Forum Summit, we had committed a concessional Line of Credit of 10 billion US dollars and 600 million dollars in grant assistance. Every year, over 8 000 African youth are trained in diverse set of programs and as always our efforts will be driven by your priorities” he said.


It is with no doubt that Botswana will also continue to benefit from the ties of what promises to be glittering opportunities for the economies of African countries courtesy of India‘ s commitment towards energizing Africa. President Mokgweetsi Masisi is set to attend the BRICS summit hosted by South Africa in the Commercial City of Johannesburg which India forms part of and it is this platform where Botswana can also expand and strengthen its ties with India with the Prime Minister Modi will be part of.

The BRICS comprises of countries whose its economies are growing and they include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa respectively. During the PM address in Uganda, the High Commissioner of India to Botswana Dr Rajesh Ranjan had also convened the influential Indian business and industry Moghuls operating in Botswana to forge a  way forward on how they can also strengthen relations with Botswana to grow and power the country ‘ s economy as per President Masisi s plan and mission which one his government ‘ s cornerstone is to diversify the economy which will facilitates adequate much need employment creation especially among youth.


In a brief interview after Prime Minister‘s glittering address, Dr Ranjan told this publication that India is committed to solidifying relationship with Africa at large with Botswana not being excluded. Ranjan pointed out that Botswana and India enjoyed good relations in aspects of trade, investment, health and education citing this is evidenced by sending of doctors and setting up of businesses by Indian companies in Botswana.


Prior to his visit to Uganda, and lately to South Africa to attend the 10th BRICS Summit, the Indian Prime Minister has also visited countries such as Rwanda where he also strengthened the ties and had talks with President Paul Kagame who leads a country which promises to be Africa‘s economic hub and the East Asian Tiger of Africa ,  following the country ‘s recovery from the disastrous genocide massacre of 1994 which saw over 800 000 people being killed.

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