2Nd Africa-India Summit-Enhancing Partnership:Shared Vision

On 23 June 2011 AISA and the City of Tshwane co-hosted an Ambassadorial Forum at the Sammy Marks Square Conference Centre in Pretoria on the 2nd Africa-India Summit-Enhancing Partnership: Shared Vision. The keynote speaker was HE Mr Virendra Gupta, High Commissioner of the Republic of India to South Africa. He examined the issues featured in the Addis Ababa Declaration held in Ethiopia from 24 – 25 May 2011. The issues discussed at the summit were; multilateralism, enhancement of South-South cooperation, United Nations reforms and expansion of the Security Council, eradication of arms trafficking, countering of terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In his presentation, he reaffirmed that the summit culminated in close cooperation and interaction between Africa and India, which has stimulated a rich fabric of close, deep and multilayered relations over the years. The First India-Africa Forum in 2008 was a milestone event and its outcomes became the guiding parameters of India’s deepening engagement with Africa. The second summit reaffirms that this partnership will remain based on the fundamental principles of equality, mutual respect, mutual benefit, and the historical understanding amongst their people.

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