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India’s Africa trade policy under the Modi Government: Business as usual or the makings of a strategic reorientation?
- Wednesday, 04 March 2015
- By Sanusha Naidu, Edwin Rwigi
Abstract: Over the past decade India's engagement with Africa has moved along without much fanfare. Will the newly elected Indian government continue with the same old policy vision that underpinned India's African engagement historically? Or, will the Narendra Modi government seek to define a new strategic orientation with African states that shifts the rhetoric towards pragmatism?
- Monday, 09 March 2015
- By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr.
The biggest African Elephant in the trans-Mediterranean room shared by Africa and Europe is the non-functioning of the African Union's northern pillar, the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA). It is little wonder then that it is nowhere when it is needed by all stakeholders with a security interest in trans-regional stability on both sides of the Mediterranean. Of course everyone knows why the UMA is the invisible regional economic community (REC) of the African Union (AU): the 'frozen conflict' of stalemate in the Western Sahara between Morocco, the Sahrawis and Algeria.
- Sunday, 08 March 2015
- By Kenny Dlamini
On the 18 – 24 April 2015, Asian and African countries would be commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference, together with the 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).1 The conference will be hosted by Indonesia and it is expected that around 109 government leaders including business representatives would attend the meeting. The theme of the conference would seek to strengthen South-South cooperation and to contribute to the efforts of promoting world peace and prosperity.
- Sunday, 08 March 2015
- By Wayne Jumat
Recently announced via the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) website, the Deputy Minister Landers embarked on state-level visits to the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Colombia and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. This trip commenced on the 1st March 2015 in Uruguay and will come to a conclusion on the 9th March 2015, in Colombia.