PM gets red-carpet welcome in Addis Ababa

PM will attend Africa-India Forum Summit, where he is expected to make strong pitch for UN reforms.

Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh was on Monday accorded a red carpet welcome in the Ethiopian
capital, where he will attend the Second Africa-India Forum
Summit which aims to cement India`s ties with the resource-
rich continent.

Singh, who arrived here was given a rousing reception
and was welcomed by Ethiopian deputy prime minister
Hailemariam Desalegn and Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia B S
Bishnoi. He also inspected a guard of honour.
15 African countries are set to participate in the
summit, where Singh is also expected to make a strong pitch
for UN reforms.

Singh will co-chair the Summit with the President of
Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in his current
capacity as chairperson of the AU.

The leaders will discuss significant aspects of the
India-Africa partnership with the objective of enhancing and
widening its ambit for mutual benefit.
The Summit is expected to come out with the Addis
Ababa Declaration setting out the roadmap for further
consolidating the strategic partnership between India and the
African Union. An Africa-India Framework for Enhanced
Cooperation will also be firmed up at the Summit.

In his departure statement in New Delhi, Singh said
that the India-Africa partnership rests on three pillars of
capacity building and skill transfer, trade and infrastructure

"It (India-Africa Forum) is designed to respond to the
needs and priorities of Africa and for India to learn from
Africa`s rich experience. It is based on equality, mutual
trust and a consultative and transparent approach. It is a
living embodiment of South-South cooperation," he said.

The Second Africa-India Forum Summit here will be a
landmark event that will for the first time bring together a
large gathering of African leaders to meet with India on
African soil.

"Today, both Africa and India are on the move. Africa
is emerging as a new growth pole of the world, while India is
on a path of sustained and rapid economic development.

Relations between India and Africa are marked by
strong people-to-people interaction and a deep sense of
solidarity and goodwill.

On Tanzania, he said India has excellent political and
economic relations with them, which date back to the days of
Julius Nyerere and the Nonaligned Movement.

"Our cooperation has expanded in recent years in
diverse sectors. We wish to enhance the substance of this
partnership in consonance with the developmental priorities of
Tanzania. I look forward to my discussions with President
Jakaya Kikwete to this end," he said.


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