Africa and India On Similar Development Path

Africa and India On Similar Development PathWindhoek — Indian High Commissioner to Namibia Kumar Tahin says India and Africa continue to bask in a strong partnership, drawing strength from a shared history of anti-colonialism and the mutual challenges of poverty, illiteracy, disease and climate change.

At the recent India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS), hosted by New Delhi in India and attended by President Hage Geingob and 53 other African leaders, observers proclaimed that India was positioning itself as a reliable investment partner for Africa's gold mine economies, using a win-win economic model that will give Africans a sense of ownership in consideration of Africa's long-term interests, unlike other models that were detrimental to Africa's wellbeing and often ignored local sentiment.

Giving an insight on the significance of India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) that ended on a successful note in New Delhi, Kumar said, "We traverse the same developmental path and it is, therefore, self-evident that India and Africa continue to strengthen their interaction and cooperation."

"In the past, the peoples of India and Africa have fought against colonialism and discrimination. Now they are joined in their struggle against challenges of poverty, illiteracy, disease and climate change," the Indian high commissioner noted.

Last week's IAFS Summit was the largest ever since the event debuted in April 2008. Tahin complimented the 2015 IAFS summit saying, it "provided an opportunity at the highest political level to review and reflect on the past, as well as chart out the future path of cooperation between India and Africa, and give a new thrust to this age old partnership," and said it was an "extremely important event."

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