Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a four-nation tour of Africa yesterday. According to the Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup – Modi would be visiting Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya between the 7th of July and the 11th of July 2016.
On the 7th of July he was slated to meet Filipe Nyusi – president Mozambique.
He will be the first Indian prime minister to visit the African nation, since Indira Gandhi, 34 years ago.
According to a report by The Indian Express the meeting will focus on energy, food security, trade, maritime cooperation, and diaspora integrations. Further, the union cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Mozambique and India to prevent illegal trafficking of narcotics. There is also an approval to allow import of pulses between both countries through decided private or Government of Government channels.
Modi also plans to visit the National Assembly, the Maluana Science and Technology Park and the center for Innovation and Technological Development to interact with students.
His released statement mentioned that he would also interact with the Indian diaspora before leaving for South Africa. According to NDTV, he received a ceremonious welcome at the presidential office in Maputo.
Tomorrow he is slated to leave for South Africa.
On the 8th and 9th of July he is scheduled to meet President of South Africa Jacob Zuma and other political leaders to help strengthen ties between the two countries. South Africa quite notably is in support of India for the membership to the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).
Other areas of co-cooperation between the two countries include BRICS, IBSA, G20, and BASIC.
Modi is expected to visit Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
In Tanzania, Modi is scheduled to meet President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to help facilitate mutual cooperation and understanding between the two nations. While he will meet the Kenyan President the next day – he is also to address the students of the University of Nairobi.
All four countries have a maritime dimension to them being members of the Indian Ocean Rim Security Association – and India is keen to capitalize on the blue economy and maritime security as well as per the Indian Express.
It is the first time in 35 years, that an Indian Prime minister is visiting Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania for the first time, since Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit in 2011.