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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

BOOMING INDO-NIGERIAN RELATIONS

NIGERIA: Observing the escalating bilateral relations between India and Nigeria over the recent years, Indian Government has demand to further intensify and enhance the existing multifaceted cooperation between India and other African countries, specifically Nigeria in the field of energy and maritime energy. While addressing at the Second India-Africa Strategic Dialogue organized by Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, Ruchita Beri expressed that in the whole African continent, India look at Nigeria as her biggest trading partner. Shri Dinkar Khullar, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs while delivering the inaugural note articulated that the foundation stone of cordial relations between India and Africa was laid down in the history. He added, “India will always acknowledge Africa's role in inspiring our own struggle for national liberation. It was on African soil that Gandhiji's political philosophy came to fruition. And it was Africa where the Mahatma developed the concepts of nonviolence and peaceful resistance.”
He conveyed, “In the decades to come, it will be this strategic congruence between India and Africa that will further deepen and expand the multi-dimensional cooperation that already exists between India and Africa. And it will be within this context that both Africa and India will have to deal with common security challenges.” Navy Commander Abhijit Singh in a presentation suggested that India in its near future should plan to offer resources, assets and technology to African navies and coast guards that will assist them to perform the necessary constabulary functions. In addition, he said that in the long-term India can also support in the formation of an effective maritime system. He conveyed, “By collectively revolutionizing the African maritime sector, and by creating Indian stakes in Africa's maritime economy, India and Africa will have an opportunity to jointly forge a truly robust maritime partnership.”
Shebonti Ray Dawal putting light on the flourishing energy sector in India expressed that, “Indian companies have over the years gained expertise in the energy sector and can provide assistance to Africa in the same,” Mr. Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief of India Writes revealed, “New Delhi is also planning to set up over 100 training institutes that seek to foster the rise of a middle class in Africa and provide the African youth opportunities for self-advancement.”

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