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India's relations with Africa are historic and deep: PM Modi at BRICS Africa

Participating in BRICS Outreach process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched upon the relations between Africa and India and said “India's relations with Africa are historic and deep.” He recalled the 100 mutual visits for economic relations and development cooperation.

Showing India’s support to Africa, he referred to 180 lines of credit more than 11 billion dollars in more than 40 African countries are in progress. Every year, 8000 African students are given scholarships in India. With the investment of e-network for tele-medicine in 48 African countries, and 54 billion dollars by private sector, capacity building is being done on Africa's needs in Africa.

He drew attention to the 10 principles of guidelines he had explained while addressing the Parliament of Uganda.

Detailing the positive impact of Free Trade and Commerce, he said, “Free Trade and Commerce has pulled out millions of people from poverty in the last three decades. Sharing the benefits of globalization and development to people was a key part of this process. And Global South was an equal partner in this effort.”

Focusing on the present situation in India, he observed, “Due to digital revolution, new possibilities are emerging for us. And therefore, it is important that we be fully prepared for changes due to automation, artificial intelligence and big data analytics. This will require investment in digital infrastructure and skilled workforce. Also, inclusive global value chains.”

In his concluding remarks, he said, “India has been contributing whole to its development with its partner countries. By sharing our development experiences under South-South Cooperation, all possible cooperation by technical cooperation, training and capacity building in other developing countries is an important part of our foreign policy. At the same time, India, as well as developing countries, in the areas of infrastructure, power, agriculture, education, health, information technology, as per the requirements and priorities of the participating countries, India has also been providing financial assistance as well. 

South-South Cooperation has been a major base in India's development journey. Sharing your development experience with developing countries has always been a priority for India, and will also be in the future.”


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