India’s engagement with African countries is of long standing and excellent.  Our focus has been on helping African countries to develop their own potential for development.  India has over the years extended cooperation in wide cross-section of areas, including agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, Information Technology, Capacity Building, Defence etc., to different African countries.  India has also been deeply involved in UN Peace Keeping Operations in African countries intended to restore constitutional order and post conflict development.  India also developed relations with the African Union and provided a concrete vision for bridging the digital divide in the contingent through its Pan African e-Network project with its tele-education and tele-medicine component apart from providing VVIP connectivity. 

Further to the visit of Prof. Alfa Oumar Konare, Chairperson of African Union Commission in December 2006, it was agreed to have political dialogue at the highest level between Indian and Africa.  In order to prepare for such a dialogue, an India-African Fourm was set up. The first India-Africa Forum Summit was held in New Delhi in April 2008.  Taking the momentum forward, the second India Africa Forum Summit was held in Addis Ababa in May 2011. The aims of the Summit have been to build/strengthen broad-based and long-standing relations between India and the African nations.

More information IAFS :

Second Africa-India Forum Summit 2011: Africa-India Framework for Enhanced Cooperation

Second Africa-India Forum Summit 2011: Addis Ababa Declaration