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October 23, 2015
India Plays the Big, Huge Africa Summit Game Too

China is hosting yet another huge Africa summit…No wait, it’s India this time. There will be more than a thousand delegates from 54 countries and, of course, Narendra Modi will be the master of ceremonies.

This from Harsh V. Pant’s piece in the Diplomat:

India wants a “developmental partnership” with Africa to be the cornerstone of its economic ties with the region. This also allows India to differentiate itself from the principles on which countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the traditional donors of foreign aid, have based their relations with the recipient nations. While the Indian private sector, including big names like Tata, Bajaj, Mahindra and Airtel, has made significant investments in Africa, it needs to be bolder and more imaginative in seizing the initiative on the continent.

Furthermore, India’s oil imports from Africa are increasing and there is an urgent need to diversify the nation’s energy supplies. Where China’s response toward the region has been well-coordinated across various government agencies, India has failed to project a united front. The Indian government will have to support its companies more proactively if it hopes to close the gap with China in terms of its economic profile on the continent.

Full piece here