AU During the ministerial meeting of the Second Africa-India held on 23 May, 2011, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping and India’s Minister of External Affairs, SM Krishna signed five (5) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the longstanding partnership between Africa and India through the establishment of vocational training and incubation centres across the continent, as well as the creation of the following new institutions:
1) India-Africa Institute of Information Technology (Ghana)
2) India-Africa Institute of Educational Planning (Burundi)
3) India-Africa Institute of Foreign Trade (Uganda)
4) India-Africa Diamond Institute (Botswana)
The Chairperson noted that these institutions are manifestations of a long tradition of Africa- India solidarity and the strategic partnership between them formalized in 2008 in New Delhi, to consolidate their respective achievements and build a better future. On his part, India’s External Affairs Minister underlined that out of US$5.4 billion, in concessional lines of credit, announced at the time of the last Summit, nearly US$2 billion for projects in Africa have had been committed. 19 Least Developed Countries in Africa are already availing the benefits of Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme, which India announced unilaterally during the last Summit.
The signing of the five (MOU’s) is a milestone in a series of consultations that began with the First Africa-India Summit Forum in New Delhi in April 2008. There, the New Delhi Declaration and Framework for Co-operation were adopted. A Joint Action Plan, based on the India-Africa Framework for Cooperation, was concluded in March 2010. One of the highlights of the Joint Action Plan is the establishment of the 19 capacity building institutions referred to here. Talks continue today at the Heads of State and Government Level.
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