The Fact News Service
Johannesburg, August 24
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India has given high importance to relations with Africa. Adding to this, he said that India has opened 16 new embassies in Africa.
“Today, India is Africa’s fourth-largest trade partner and the fifth-largest investor country,” he added.
PM Modi gave his address at BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue on Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Be it power projects in Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda, sugar plants in Ethiopia and Malawi, technology pass in Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire and Eswatini, and, campuses built by Indian universities in Tanzania and Uganda, India has always prioritised capacity building and infrastructure development of African nations”, PM Modi said.
He further stressed that India is a close partner in making Africa a global powerhouse.
“Under Agenda 2063, India is a reliable and close partner in making Africa a global powerhouse. To reduce the digital divide in Africa, we have provided over 15000 scholarships in tele-education and telemedicine,” he said.
PM Modi further highlighted that India is working with African countries in the fight against terrorism and piracy.
“Almost 4,400 Indian peacekeepers, including women, are also deployed in Africa to restore peace,” he said. India has built defence academies and colleges in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.
Moreover, he emphasized that teams have been deployed for training in Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Lesotho, Zambia, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Tanzania.