Thursday, 29 October 2015

Statement by Amb. Dr. Amina C Mohamed, CBS,CAV, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya

Statement by Amb. Dr. Amina C Mohamed, CBS,CAV, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of KenyaExcellencies Distinguished Guests,
Apologies for absence on Minister this morning
I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the government of India for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to myself and my delegation and to commend the government of India for the excellent organisation of this important meeting Africa and India cooperation has grown from strength to strength over the many decades that we have had relations. In Africa we rightly pride ourselves that we are a continent on the rise.

This is indeed true because some of the fastest growing economies are in Africa and it is happening at a time when the global economy is facing challenges of growth. It is also true that India has recorded impressive economic performance in recent years and it is emerging as a very influential contributor to global growth.   These developments offer us abundant opportunities to tapping into our expanding middle classes and youthful population.

India’s rapid economic development is very contemporary and it is an experience Africa can emulate. Many of us in this room have witnessed India rise from a low income country to the successful economy that it is today. Indeed India is today an important political economic and social partner to Africa.  

The theme of this Summit….Partners in Progress: Towards a Dynamic and Transformative Development Agenda aptly captures the spirit of where we want to head with our partnership.

Some may question what the achievement of the previous summits have been. However I opt to be forward looking given our growing strengths as well as the ambitious plans we have set for ourselves. In Africa I have in mind our Agenda 2063 and its 10 year Implementation Plan. India and Africa can partner by cooperating and consolidating the priority areas that are identified in the Agenda and the plan of action.

These include the traditional areas such as capacity development particularly in skills development, healthcare, energy, agriculture as well as new areas like infrastructure development, peace and security, ICT and the blue economy.   We look forward to positively contributing to this process and we are confident that the summit will agree on concrete proposals which will deepen our partnership for the mutual benefit of our two regions.

We also need to nurture this partnership so that it does not take the shape of a donor recipient relationship. Instead we should strive to become genuine partners engaged in a win- win association. For example we would like to see India collaborate with Africa in developing the latter’s manufacturing and value addition sectors through investments, technological transfers and capacity building.

This will enable us to grow our trade significantly than if it is dominated by one side supplying finished goods and the other raw materials. Moreover it will not just be good for India Africa trade but also intra Africa trade. Read More...

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