The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the Vice President of the Republic of Angola, Eng. Manuel Domingos Vicente, on the sidelines of the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit 2015, in New Delhi on October 29, 2015
Visit of Vice President of Angola to3rd IAFS 2015 in New Delhi, October 26- 29, 2015
The Angolan delegation to the Third India Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi from 26-29 Oct 2015 was led by the Vice President and included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Water and energy, Telecommunications and Information Technologies.
In his opening speech at the Ministerial meeting of the India Africa Forum Summit, Angolan Foreign Minister said that his country was worried about the state of women and youth in continent as they faced increasing levels of unemployment, poverty, armed conflicts and disease. Functional illiteracy and substance abuse was among other social and economic challenges. The strategic partnership between Africa and India, represented a multidimensional South-South cooperation must be strengthened to make it more effective in the areas of peace and security, health, agriculture, employment and social assistance.
Angolan Vice president Manuel Vicente in his address at the 3rd India/Africa Forum Summit, said that while African countries possess major human and natural resources they need know-how and technology to boost progress. He stated that India’s potential, presented an opportunity for Africa’s immense natural resources, that can bring about benefits to their respective peoples and the Angolan Government supports the strategic cooperation declaration and framework favouring the needs of growth and sustainable development of the African and Indian economies. Mr. Manuel Vicente added that famine, poverty and endemic diseases are in the centre of the Africa Union agenda for 2063 and its respective 10-year Development Plan, as well as under the Agenda2030 on the sustainable development of the countries. He stressed that the Angolan Government is deeply engaged in the implementation of this vision, through its National Development Plan for the 2013-2017, where the diversification of the economy is its strongest component. The Vice President explained the main goal is to make the Angolan economy to cease its dependence on oil. “The National Development Plan envisages, among other measures the boosting and development of the productive sector, with stress on agriculture, fisheries, energy and water, light industry, extractive industry, tourism and training of personnel as well as organisation of the tax administration, seeking more efficient collection of revenues, modernisation and de-bureaucratisation of the business environment. He recalled that although this is the Third India/Africa Forum Summit, it is the first attended by Angola, due to the earlier format. Manuel Vicente highlighted that this new format will enable all countries to equally make contribution in the conception of a strategic cooperation framework that defines the priority sectors in the ambit of this partnership. In this regard, he included peace and security, agriculture, industry and trade, fisheries, health, telecommunications and information technologies, communication, higher education and training of personnel.
Angolan Agriculture Minister Afonso Pedro Canga speaking to the media in New Delhi during the Third India/Africa Summit stated that Angola is taking steps to increase food production and productivity through technology and knowledge and cooperation with India would be beneficial. He said there was need for agricultural equipment, providing an opportunity to strengthen the partnership.
Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha, a member of the Angolan delegation to the Third India Africa Summit, said that Angola is interested in establishing co-operation with India, particularly in training in areas like software and proprietary solutions.
Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti in remarks in New Delhi on 29 Oct 2015 on the conclusion of the Third India Africa Forum Summit said that the Summit had been organised successffuly and that the outcome documents - the Delhi Declaration and Strategic Partnership Framework reflected the focus on cooperation between India and Africa. India and Africa discussed matters concerning economic development of the continent and approved a fund USD 10 billion for the next 5 years. The agenda included reform in the United Nations Security Council, in which India is seeking a permanent seat, and recognised the legitimacy of the African continent to fight for a greater representation in the world body. The Declaration stressed the fact that Indians and Africans together form about one third of the world population but continue to be denied fairer representation in the global governing institutions that were designed for an era of a distant past. The Declaration calls for cooperation in the economic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, energy, blue economy, infrastructure, education sectors and development of competences, health, peace and security, multi-lateral forums and monitoring mechanisms. The next India/Africa Forum Summit is set to take place in 2020.