India’s partnership with Africa is free of conditionalities

India on Friday in a subtle message for China asserted that it’s partnership with Africa is free of conditionalities and totally demand driven. 

 

India’s partnership with Africa is based on a model of cooperation which is responsive to the needs of African countries. It is demand-driven and free of conditionalities. It is based on our history of friendship, historical ties 

 

and a sense of deep solidarity. As Prime Minister has underlined, African priorities are our priorities,” pointed out T S Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) MEA in his speech on the occasion of Africa Day at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses. He is charge of India’s ties with Africa. 

 

There has been unprecedented intensification of our political engagement with Africa with 29 visits to African countries at the level of President, Vice President and Prime Minister apart from several Ministerial visits.The visits have been in both directions. Subsequent to the visit of 41 Heads of State/Heads of Government who attended IAFS-III, we have hosted over 35 leaders from Africa for various events in the last nearly five years. India has already opened 6 of the 18 additional Missions in Africa, Tirumurti recalled.

 

Our engagement is not limited only to the bilateral political level. Today, India and Africa have comprehensive diplomatic mechanisms at all three levels - continental, regional and bilateral and through multilateral fora. In addition to Summits (IAFS I, II, III), we have had three meetings with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of Africa. We are looking at ways to enhance cooperation, he noted.