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Ethiopia: Second Africa-India Forum Summit Kicks off

For two days, participants at the Summit will brainstorm and adopt a harmonized and comprehensive framework to reinforce the regional cooperation in a wide range of fields.

By Staff writer

ADDIS ABABA—The 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit will officially kick off today, at the head quarters of the African Union Commission (AUC), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, holding under the theme: Enhancing Partnership Shared Vision .

Manmohan Singh addressing the media in Ethopia

The inaugural session will take place in the presence of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea; the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping; the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh; the Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, Mr. Erastus Mwencha, the African Union Commissioners, representatives of AU Member States and invited guests.

The 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit is aimed at strengthening the cooperation ties between the two partners in the areas of economics; politics; science, technology, research and development; social development and capacity building; tourism; infrastructure, energy and environment and media and communication.

For two days, participants at the Summit will brainstorm and adopt a harmonized and comprehensive framework to reinforce the regional cooperation in a wide range of fields as support to the already existing bilateral cooperation between African countries and India.

Meanwhile, a joint Press Conference will close the 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit on 25 May 2011, from 1215-1300 hrs in Committee Room 1 at the AU Conference Center. The press conference will be addressed by the following personalities: Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Chairperson of the African Union (AU), President of Equatorial Guinea; Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC); and Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India.

Worth recalling that, the Second Africa-Indian Summit Forum falls within the framework of Africa – India partnership. It is a follow-up to the first Africa-India Summit Forum which took place in New Delhi from 4 to 9 April 2008, during which the New Delhi Declaration and Framework for Co-operation were adopted.

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