New Delhi,23rd October 2015::Minister for Commerce & Industry, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has said that India sees Africa as a natural partner and together, we can have a positive influence on the future global economic order. Speaking at the 4th India-Africa Trade Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi today, she said that both India and Africa face similar challenges and concerns and the world economy offers tremendous opportunities to the two Fastest Growing Regions.The 4th India-Africa Trade Ministers’ Meeting(IATMM) was held in New Delhi today on the eve of the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit on October 29, 2015 in Delhi. 37 delegations comprising of Trade Ministers/ officials/ 08 Regional Economic Communities from countries such as Algeria, Angola, Benin, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, South Africa, Togo, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe amongst others participated in the meeting.
Highlighting the importance of India-Africa Summit, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman said “the Summits have become a unique platform where the Government of India and African partners identify areas of cooperation through dialogue and strive to expanding and enhancing the partnership. Cooperation in Trade, Technology and Capacity Building form the basis of our relationship. Greater cooperation in agriculture and agro-processing, engineering, textiles, leather, pharmaceuticals to name a few would have a positive bearing on the food security, improvement in health situation and creation of additional jobs in both Africa and India.”
She highlighted that value addition is the key to development and enhancing livelihood opportunities for people. India has made significant progress transforming itself from being an importer to a net exporter in many sectors since independence. India would endeavour to share its experience and expertise in partnering with African countries which have potential for value addition, creating jobs, enhancing livelihood and ultimately attaining a better quality of life.
The 4th IATMM saw deliberations on Review of progress in the implementation of commitments of earlier India Africa Trade Ministers’ Meetings and Review of Existing Trade and business relations between India and Africa. The two sides also had discussions on Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme and Services Waiver for LDCs and Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (TAP). The Round Table on WTO issues was also held during the meeting. A meeting of the India Africa Business Forum was a highlight of the event.