India and Africa needs to nurture existing partnership with Africa rising resolutely towards a brighter future posing to become a powerful magnet in various areas.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth at the 3rd India-Africa Summit emphasised the need to further nurture the existing partnership between India and Africa in building together a spirit of South-South cooperation. India’s continuous support to help Africa tread the path of success adding that the tide of the World Order has now changed as Africa is rising resolutely towards a brighter future and is poised to become a powerful magnet in various areas.
In the India-Africa summit forum 2015, the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, emphasised the need to further nurture the existing partnership between India and Africa in building together a spirit of South-South cooperation.
In his address at the 3rd India-Africa Summit on October 29 in New Delhi, India Sir Anerood Jugnauth underpinned the importance of the summit which he said is the right platform for both Africa and India to reaffirm the long-lasting spirit and to collaborate for a better future.
He called for India’s continuous support to help Africa tread the path of success adding that the tide of the World Order has now changed as Africa is rising resolutely towards a brighter future and is poised to become a powerful magnet for investment, job creation and sustainable development.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth recalled the various similarities and the partnership bonds between the two continents. He lauded the economic progress of India over the recent years in the fields of technological advances, including ICT sector, which he said, is inspiring and can help Africa bridge the infrastructural deficits while unlocking the development potential that the continent bestows.
In the same breath the PM dwelt on the longstanding bilateral and cultural relationship that binds Mauritius and India which has deepened over the years.
The countless bilateral agreements, huge imports from India, constant increase in tourist arrivals in Mauritius, the hundred or so Indian companies operating in Mauritius and the trade facilities between India and Mauritius bear testimony to the special ties between the two countries.
The strategic position of Mauritius which is poised to become an investment and business hub of excellence in the region. He also elaborated on the new vision 2030 for the country through an Economic Mission Statement with focus on 4 key areas to help Mauritius achieve a second economic miracle.
Among the measures: increase air connectivity to eastern and southern African region; making Mauritius an important regional aviation hub and an important air corridor between Africa and Asia; harnessing the full potential of the Ocean economy; the Africa strategy; and developing special economic zones in partnering African countries to enlarging the economic space of Mauritius, and the African continent as a whole.
In this endeavor, he expressed satisfaction towards the interest shown by Indian investors to invest in Mauritius and use the country as gateway to access Africa.
Finally the he concluded by making an appeal for more businessmen to take advantage of the various opportunities that epitomize the determination of our two continents to embark on a renewed journey of rising tides of prosperity and most importantly, to pledge for a better future for our children and generations to come.