Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "Africa is top priority for
India's foreign and economic policy and there isn't a single African country
which hasn't been visited by an Indian minister."
India's partnership with Africa is based on a model of cooperation which is
responsive to the needs of African countries," PM Modi said while speaking
at the 52nd African Development Bank (AfDB) meet in Gujarat's Gandhinagar on
India has had strong ties with Africa for centuries and the rich Swahili
language includes some Hindi words," he added. The Prime Minister also
said that the commerce between India and Africa will be of ideas and services.
"Africa-India trade multiplied in last 15 years. It doubled in the
last five years to reach nearly seventy-two billion US dollars in 2014-15"
"I am proud to say that there is no country in Africa that hasn't been
visited by an Indian minister in the last three years," PM Modi said,
adding, "I along with President and Vice President have together visited
16 African countries in the past."
"After assuming office in 2014, I have made Africa a top priority for
India's foreign and economic policy," the PM said while pointing towards
the importance of Africa for India.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted that "the 21st century will not
only belong to Asia but also to Africa, hence India and Africa should navigate
the journey together to shape their common future."
While India has been a bright spot amongst the major economies amid
challenging times, Africa too, has done well over the past few years,"
Jaitley said while speaking at the AfDB meet.
The African continent was transforming rapidly and amidst tough global
scenario, its economy grew by 2.2 per cent in 2016 and was expected to grow by
3.4 per cent in 2017," he added.