April 22, 2021
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Modi’s recent visit to Africa In order to strengthen India’s economic linkages, PM Modi recently travelled to four African nations, a direct indication of India’s shifting policy towards Africa and projecting itself as a trusted strategic partner of the continent. As it is evident that over the coming decade, global security challenges will necessitate combined efforts by states to manage threats and maximize opportunities. Among the most significant challenges that India and Africa will face in particular, are reforms in global governance institutions, maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean, energy insecurity and the rise of extremism and terrorism. Both in his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat and during his general election campaign, Modi put the need for economic reform and growth at the centre in order to make India more competitive and to bolster employment. Therefore Africa is a region that India cannot afford to ignore. Six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are located in Africa. Huge complementarities exist to strengthen bilateral collaboration in diverse areas and upgrade India-Africa engagement. Modi visited four African countries- Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya-from July 7 to 11, 2016. This is his second tour to Africa. Last year, he had visited Seychelles and Mauritius. The government’s policy to deepen ties with African nations was initiated by two recent high-ranking visits b
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