Vice President Boakai Off To India for the 9th Edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry Export-Import Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership

Monday, 18th March 2013

New Delhi, India, - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the head of a Government delegation is in the Indian Capital New Delhi to participate in the 9th Edition of the Confederation of Indian Industries-Export Import Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership with support of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India.

The conclave which runs from the 17th to the 19th of March, draws delegates from several African countries including Cameroon, Zambia,Cote d;Voire, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo and Burkina Faso. Other African Countries include Mozambique, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Botswana, Ethiopia, Senegal, and South Sudan among others.

The Opening session today will discuss the topic India-Africa: creating partnership for South-South Dialogue, and the second day will feature the following theme: India-Africa: The Growing Partnership, India-Africa Development Partnership lines of Credit and Capacity Building, Developing Project Financing Architecture in Africa and Building partnerships for infrastructure and agricultural projects. The Conclave will also be discussing Achieving Food sufficiency in Africa-Opportunity for collaboration as well as Hydropower for Africa.

The conference will also look at the areas of Mining under the topic India-Africa partnership for mining and beneficiation, Achieving Affordable Healthcare in Africa, Investment and Technology partnership, India-Africa infrastructure partnership and Putting projects on Ground in Africa among other topics.
On Tuesday, Vice President Boakai along with the Secretary for Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs of India, and the 2nd Vice Prime Minister of the Central African Republic will participate in a panel discussion under the topic India’s Global Emergence: Partnering Africa’s Development.
Vice President Boakai will also meet with Indian Government Officials while here to explore ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Public Works Minister Kofi Woods who is also on the Vice President’s delegation will consider a road project for funding consideration. Vice President Boakai is also expected to deliver a lecture at the O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat on ‘Africa’s Future”, a dispatch from Vice Presidential Press Secretary George Saah said.

Vice President Boakai Sunday toured historic sites in the city including the Red Fort, the Old British Barracks, the Monument built in honour of fallen Indian Servicemen among others.

India Liberia relations dates back to over sixty years, the Southeast Asian Nation has a population of over 1.2 billion people, the capital city New Dehli has a population of 14 million, it is a center of arts, commerce,education,fashion,finance,healthcare,professional services,research,tourism and transportation.

India is also the most populous democracy, the tenth largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and it is a regional power with nuclear weapon capacity. India got its independence from Great Britain in 1957 with a secular constitution, Hindu majority and a large Muslim minority.

Upjit Singh Sachdeva also known as Jetty in recent years have been a key player in promoting India-Liberia Relations, engaged in humanitarian and philanthropic causes especially during the heat of the Liberian civil war.

On his way to India, Vice President Boakai and Party made a brief stopover in Brussels and met with Liberia’s Ambassador accredited there.