India will strive to deepen its engagement with African countries, says Vice President
March 29, 2018

Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu interacts with the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe, Uganda & Malawi

By IAT Bureau / New Delhi: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India stands committed to support African Countries in their development efforts. He was interacting with the Vice President of Zimbabwe, General (Rtd) Dr. Constantino Chiwenga, the Vice President of Uganda, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and the Vice President of Malawi, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, who called on him separately.

(Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, General (Rtd.) Dr. Constantino Chiwenga)

While interacting with the Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi, the Vice President said that India will strive to deepen its levels of political, economic and technical engagement with African countries and is committed to assist them for economic growth and national development. He reminded that during the India-Africa Summit in 2015, the Indian Prime Minister has offered soft loans to African countries in the form of Lines of Credits, and these loans can be availed of in areas of infrastructure, power, roads, industrial parks, agriculture etc. Solar energy is one area where India is extending loans to several African countries and is ready to consider any request from them, he added.

(Vice President of Malawi, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima)

The Vice President said that India’s relations in the field of defence and security have gained momentum and several countries have come forward to gain training and other defence related support. He further said that training and capacity building has been the focus of defence cooperation between these countries and Indian Military Training Teams have been actively engaged in the field of training.

(Vice President of Uganda, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi)

The Vice President suggested that India’s expertise in agriculture can be fruitfully utilized to give a new innovative, dynamic impetus to agricultural development in many of the African countries.

 

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