Vows continued support on common issues of poverty, power and agriculture

Gandhinagar, May 23:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hard-sold his development agenda and policies to African leaders at the 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group here at Mahatma Mandir.

Addressing the gathering of delegates from 80 African countries, the Prime Minister emphasised on stronger and long-lasting cooperation between Africa and India to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

Modi stated that while India and Africa face similar challenges of uplifting farmers, addressing issues on poverty, women empowerment, rural development and infrastructure, India can join hands on some successful areas.


Africa, which has a population of about 650 million without electricity, can look upto India in achieving power for all.

"By next year, no village in India will be without electricity. Our Clean Ganga, Renewable Energy, Digital India, Smart Cities, Housing for All and Skill India missions are preparing us for a cleaner, more prosperous, faster growing and modern, new India," Modi said.

Referring to the ages-old cooperation and association between India and African continent in social, cultural and business areas, Modi assured the African leaders of India's continued support in achieving key goals in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, power and industry. 

"Over decades, our ties have become stronger. After assuming office in 2014, I have made Africa a top priority for India’s foreign and economic policy."

During the Third India-Africa Forum Summit, India offered $10 billion for development projects over the next five years additionally, India also offered grant assistance of $600 million.