Modi emphasised on deeper India-Africa partnership on clean energy and invited African nations to join an alliance of solar-rich nations that he proposes to announce in the upcoming climate talks in Paris. Referring to the developed world, he said that the excess of a few cannot become the burden of many as he hoped for a comprehensive and concrete outcome based on established principles in the UN Convention on Climate Change.
Africa and India, Modi said, are two bright spots of hope and opportunities in the global economy. He said that in less than a decade, India-Africa trade has more than doubled to over 70 billion USD and India is now a major source of business investments in Africa and 34 African countries enjoy duty free access to the Indian market.
India and Africa also seek a global trading regime that serves their development goals and improves trade prospects, he said, adding that at the Nairobi Ministerial of the WTO in December, we must ensure that the Doha Development Agenda of 2001 is not closed without achieving these fundamental objectives.
He said India will help develop infrastructure, power, irrigation, agriculture and resources in Africa and, set up industrial and information technology parks. Offering India’s expertise in healthcare and affordable medicines, Modi said the two sides can also collaborate to develop Indian and African treasures of traditional knowledge and medicines.
We will make available our space assets and technology, Modi said while also promising to work to reduce digital divide within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world. We will expand and extend the Pan Africa E-Network, conceived by late President APJ Abdul Kalam, which links 48 African countries to India and to each other. This will also help set up your Pan Africa Virtual University, he said.
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