Ethiopia: African leaders head to New Delhi for crucial India-Africa summit

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have left for the India-Africa Summit slated for 26-29 October in New Delhi, the Indian capital, where the leaders are expected to hold direct talks on a number of issues affecting trade relations.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, have all travelled to India for the India-Africa Summit, the third since the talks were launched.  

Discussions in New Delhi will be focused on mutual cooperation between the 54 African countries and India, one of the fastest industrialising developing countries.

At the last Summit, India promised a US$10 billion worth of investments in Africa’s infrastructure and deals on technology transfer, but it is India’s rising stature as a major worldwide industrial hub that has attracted one of the largest attendance by African leaders.  

The AUC said the Third Africa-India Summit will focus on improving the existing diplomatic, political and economic partnership between African countries and India, in addition to increasing development cooperation.

“The AU Commission Chairperson will be joining other African Heads of State and Government participating in the Summit,” the AUC said in a statement.

“I am pleased to participate in this Summit, and welcome the opportunity to discuss ways of boosting the long-standing relationship between Africa and India, across specific sectors of comparative advantage, in line with Africa’s Agenda 2063,” Dlamini Zuma said on her departure to India on Tuesday.

President Kenyatta, who also left for India the same day, said his delegation would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for discussions on further market entry of Kenyan goods.

“One of the key agenda items for the India-Africa summit is the long-pending Doha agenda, which is a matter of keen interest to Kenya, and also to India. The President wants the meeting to deal effectively with issues relevant to intellectual property rights in addition to leveraging an enhanced and equitable India-Africa partnership,” said Manoah Esipisu, Kenyan Presidential Spokesperson.

The Kenyan President said Kenyan exporters of fresh flowers and horticulture have had difficulties accessing the Indian market.  

Aside from participating in the Summit discussions, Dr. Dlamini Zuma will also hold bilateral meetings with some heads of various delegations.

A thousand delegates, including African heads of state and government, ministers, business leaders, regional economic communities and other non-governmental organisations are attending the India-Africa Summit, the AU said.

The Africa-India Summit unfolds at three levels: the governmental level, the foreign ministers and finally senior government officials.

Senior officials began meeting with their Indian counterparts Monday at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex. The Summit ends on 29 October 2015 with the adoption of a final declaration of the Heads of State and Government.

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