PM Modi likely to visit African countries after Pranab Mukherjee | Latest Political News
President Pranab Mukherjee’s maiden visit to three African nations — Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit a few countries of the continent soon as part of India’s to outreach Africa. The indications of this plan was given by Mukherjee while he was addressing the Indian community here yesterday during a reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana K Jeeva Sagar. Recalling ‘age-old’ friendly relations of Indians with Africa, the President said the relationship has deepened over the years.
“My first visit as President of India to three African countries is not accidental,” he said, adding it was a follow-up action initiated by the Prime Minister after India Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi last year.“Very recently, just a few days before Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia and Morocco. I am visiting these three countries and shortly Prime Minister is also going to undertake visits to four-five African countries to give a message that ‘Africa, we stand by you’,” the President said.
“Exim bank is also providing funding for a railway project. India-Ghana bilateral trade has reached $3 billion and Indian investments in this country are estimated at around $1 billion,” the President noted. Mukherjee, during his talks with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, said both the sides have agreed to take the trade to $5 billion by 2020. He also praised the Indian diaspora for its engaging role as “force multiplier” in the country’s economic growth.
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