India readies for summit with Africa, meet of LDCsBy IANS
Friday, January 7, 2011
NEW DELHI - India is set to ramp up its economic engagement with Africa as it gets ready for the second summit with Africa and gears up to host a ministerial conference of 49 least developed countries, including 33 African nations.
“India is not only keeping her historic links with Africa intact, but also revitalising the relationship by adding a larger dimension of economic cooperation, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told reporters here Friday.
“We will host a ministerial level conference of 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which include 33 African countries, Krishna said.
“The second India-Africa Forum Summit will also take place later this year in an African nation. Our African partners are undertaking a consensual decision on the timing and venue of the summit, he said.
Although final decision is yet to be taken, Ethiopia, the seat of the 53-nation African Union, is likely to host the second India-Africa Forum Summit.
New Delhi hosted the maiden India-Africa summit in April 2008.