The India-Africa partnership is going to be a defining one in this century because of the resources, both natural and human – Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry of India.
This summit seeks to address the major challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in trade and investment between Africa and India as they relate to issues of sustainable development, economic growth and energy security. The 2008 India-Africa summit though significant, has not been given as much attention as China’s relationship with the continent. With most of the major economies trying to recover from the global economic crisis, new questions arise as to the future of trade and investment in Africa, particularly by rapidly growing economies such as India. How might Indian firms gain better market access to African countries with large Indian Diasporas? Can India gain prominence over China in competition for natural resources and in its relationship with Africa? What may African countries, which have similar demographic and post-colonial profiles, learn from India? This diverse panel of industry leaders will discuss these challenges and provide answers to some of these burning questions.
Aubrey Hruby - Managing Director, The Whitaker Group
Rita Cooma - CEO, The ICC Council