Luncheon Session with African Diplomats

June 20, 2012 
Hyderabad House, New Delhi

On the invitation of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ambassadors /High Commissioners of 25 African countries and Charge d’ affaires of another 11 countries gathered at Hyderabad House to learn about the progress made by the initiative. Speaking on this occasion, Ambassador Pinak Chakravarty, Special Secretary, Public Diplomacy highlighted that “with the INDIAFRICA initiative, we have entered a new phase in our ties with Africa. This public diplomacy initiative is certainly one of its kind across the globe. We do not have a model to replicate or guidelines to follow. It’s about touching the hearts of people. Considering that both Africa and India are demographically very young, a major part of our focus is on youth outreach and our aim is to collaborate throughcompetition, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Mr. Navdeep Suri, Joint Secretary, Public Diplomacy said, “The driving vision of the program is to work together to unleash the enormous energy of young people, to encourage their unique and powerful creative ideas, and to enable them to be facilitators and catalysts of this process.”

Amit Shahi, CEO of theIdeaWorks made a presentation on milestones already achieved under the INDIAFRICA initiative. Mr M Ganapathi, Secretary – West, Ministry of External Affairs, thanked the African Heads of Mission and others for their support and suggestions. He expressed his confidence about the success of the programme and said, “As Africa and India step up their co operation across multiple fields, INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future is poised to spawn multiple partnerships across geographies that will serve to further strengthen and sustain the long standing relations between us.” The Ambassadors and High Commissioners of African nations reaffirmed their commitment to INDIAFRICA, which they termed as a ‘remarkable’ initiative.

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