Indian PM to attend Africa-India Forum Summit in Ethiopia

09:33, May 19, 2011      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Ethiopia on May 23-26 to participate in the 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit, official sources said on Wednesday.

The summit is due to be held on May 24-25 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Briefing journalists about Singh's visit and the summit at the Intercontinental Hotel, Vivek Katju, secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, said the summit would be preceded by the foreign ministers' meeting on May 23. According to the official, a senior officials meeting and a special meeting of trade ministers are among the major events that are scheduled to be held ahead of the summit. Singh said Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea, in his capacity as chairperson of the African Union (AU), would co-chair the summit along with the Indian prime minister.

The official also said some 15 African countries would participate in the summit on behalf of the continent. "We would be concluding Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between India and the AU to establish 14 capacity building institutions in Africa. This is a clear manifestation of our desire to implement the decision of the 1st India-Africa Forum Summit. This includes India Africa Institute of Information Technology, India-Africa Diamond Institute, India-Africa Institute of Education Planning and Administration, India-Africa Institute of Foreign Trade and 10 vocational training centers," he said.

According to Katju, trade exhibition, media partnership symposium, cultural performances, and Indian film festival are among the events to mark the occasion of the summit.

It is expected that the leaders from the two sides will discuss aspects of the India-Africa partnership with objective of enhancing its content and widening its ambit for mutual benefits.

The leaders are also expected to focus on regional and international issues of common interest including threats from terrorism and piracy.

Source: Xinhua
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