India-Africa Forum Summit 2015 will be held - From 26th October to 29th October in New Delhi [ Current Affairs ]

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The India–Africa Forum Summit is the official platform for the African - Indian relations. The two previous India - Africa summits were held in 2008 and 2011. In the largest - ever gathering of African leaders in India, at least 41 leaders - including South African president Jacob Zuma, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el - Sisi, Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari - have confirmed their attendance in New Delhi

  • Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj herself handed over the invitation to South African President Jacob Zuma during her visit to the African country in May 2015.
  • This is going to be Modi govt’s major diplomatic outreach involving delegates from a large no of African nations.
  • The logo representing a Lion with one half of an African lion and another half of an Indian lion. The official website stated about the logo: “Proud, Courageous, Bold and on the Prowl, ready to take on the future and seize every opportunity”.
  • The India Gate, one of the iconic land mark of Delhi, the host city will be illuminated with 3D laser projection showing India - Africa shared heritage and India’s contribution in African peace and prosperity, throughout the summit week.
  • The itinerary includes a meeting among the foreign ministers on Tuesday and a grand banquet to be hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the evening of October 29.
  • There will also be bilateral meetings.
  • Ahead of the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India’s areas of focus in Africa will continue to be human resource development, institution building, infrastructure, clean energy, agriculture, health, education and skill development.

- Published on: October 29, 2015