India-Africa Summit Wraps With Emotional Relationship Unlike China
India-Africa summit is wrapping up today in New Delhi witnessing more than 2,000 African delegates from more than 54 countries and also massive traffic jams in the capital suggesting commuters to avoid the entire central areas.
People complained on social media about traffic brought to standstill in most of the central, New Delhi and south Delhi roads.
In recent years India has made efforts in amplifying its presence in Africa. In 2008 the country opened the markets for African countries and the annual trade between the two regions grew to about $72 billion.
The agenda to this year’s India-Africa summit included rising terrorist threats, health, food, economic trade and environmental sustainability.
Meanwhile, China too has doubled its trade with Africa. In 2014 its trade value was about $222 billion, much more than what India has achieved.
China imports 1.3 million barrels of crude oil a day from African countries of Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Sudan, Nigeria and Republic of Congo.
However, India is trying to distinguish itself from China. Addressing to the African journalists Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the relationship between India and Africa is beyond strategic considerations. People of the regions are tied with strong emotional link.
India has built solar panel plants in Mozambique, built highways and sugar plantations in Ethiopia, increased trade in Ghana and helped Cameroon fight off the Boko Haram in recent years.