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Saturday, 31 October 2015 04:42

Women, youth put on top of India-Africa agenda

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President Jacob Zuma says women and youth often suffer from poverty in Africa and India, while they should be taking a more active role in the development of their nations.

Jacob Zuma

In his address at the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi on Thursday, President Zuma said one focus of the partnership between India and Africa will be on the skilling of the marginalised youth and women.

He said South Africa is keen to share India’s experiences in vocational training in small scale industries and entrepreneurial development that will enable women and youth to gain meaningful employment in small-size factories at low levels of capital intensity.

“We are pleased to note that the Africa–India Forum Summit encompasses a broad arena of capacity building, agricultural infrastructure development, health and food security and technological ambitions.

“It is imperative that the collaboration at the continental level be mutually beneficial and take into account the African Union’s Agenda 2063 Vision and the integration agenda of Africa,” said President Zuma.

He said the current India–Africa Partnership is a vital tool in the development of both partners.

The summit is themed ‘Partners in progress: Towards a Dynamic and Transformative Development Agenda’.

President Zuma said the aim of the summit is embedded in the theme to ensure a new focus on specific areas of cooperation and thereby fulfilling the promise of a better life for all in Africa and India.

Seen in the context of South-South Cooperation, the President said Africa and India have played crucial roles in addressing the challenges of underdevelopment, economic and political marginalisation through cooperation and partnerships.

“Afro-Indian solidarity has evolved from the eradication of colonialism and racial discrimination to become the embodiment of South-South Cooperation that is holistic and contains geopolitical, cultural, educational, technical and economic components.

“The profoundly significant 1954 Pancheel Principles of peaceful coexistence, based on mutual respect, non-aggression, non-interference, equality and mutual benefit, adopted in Banjul, continue to sustain the relationship between Africa and India,” he said.

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