Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India to attend India-Africa meet in Ethiopia
April. 29 2011
Sixteen heads of governments and states will take part in the India-Africa summit to be held in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from May 20-27. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the summit on May 20 and 25, while external affairs minister SM Krishna will have bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of 45 African nations from May 20-26.
A series of bilateral meetings and a visit to Tanzania after the summit entails Prime Ministerís programme as New Delhi is stepping up efforts towards its multi-sectoral engagements with the continent.
And at a time when China has made heavy inroads into Africa, New Delhi plans focus primarily on infrastructure, capacity-building and human resources development, government officials said.
At the first India-Africa summit held in New Delhi in April 2008, an action plan was put in place to promote engagement with African countries. India had also announced a line of credit of US $5.4 billion for the African countries for a five-year period (2014-2015).