The Honourable Prime Minister of India listed the guidelines for
India’s engagement with Africa on ten principles in his key-note
address in the Ugandan Parliament on 25th July 2018.
One, Africa will be at the top of our
We will continue to intensify and
deepen our engagement with Africa. As we have shown, it will
be sustained and regular.
Two, our development partnership will
be guided by your priorities.
It will be on terms that will be
comfortable for you, that will liberate your potential and not
constrain your future. We will rely on African talent and
We will build as much local capacity
and create as many local opportunities as possible.
Three, we will keep our markets open
and make it easier and more attractive to trade with India.
We will support our industry to invest
Four, we will harness India’s
experience with digital revolution to support Africa’s
development; improve delivery of public services; extend
education and health; spread digital literacy; expand financial
inclusion; and mainstream the marginalised.
This will not just be our partnership
to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but also to
equip the youth of Africa for their place in the digital age.
Five, Africa has 60 per cent of the
world’s arable land, but produces just 10 percent of the global
output. We will work with you to improve Africa’s agriculture.
Six, our partnership will address the
challenges of climate change. We will work with Africa to
ensure a just international climate order; to preserve our
biodiversity; and, adopt clean and efficient energy sources.
Seven, we will strengthen our
cooperation and mutual capabilities in combating terrorism and
extremism; keeping our cyberspace safe and secure; and,
supporting the UN in advancing and keeping peace.
Eight, we will work with African
nations to keep the oceans open and free for the benefit of all
nations. The world needs cooperation and not competition in the
eastern shores of Africa and the eastern Indian Ocean. That is
why India’s vision of Indian Ocean Security is cooperative and
inclusive, rooted in security and growth for all in the region.
Nine, and, this is especially
important to me: as global engagement in Africa increases, we
must all work together to ensure that Africa does not once again
turn into a theatre of rival ambitions, but becomes a nursery
for the aspirations of Africa’s youth.
Ten, just as India and Africa fought
colonial rule together, we will work together for a just,
representative and democratic global order that has a voice and
a role for one-third of humanity that lives in Africa and India.
India’s own quest for reforms in the
global institutions is incomplete without an equal place for
That will be a key purpose of our