The 9th CII-Exim Bank Conclave themed India-Africa Project Partnership” which is annually organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry [CII] in collaboration with the Indian Exim Bank and the Indian Ministry of Commerce took place in New Delhi from 17th to 20th March, 2013.

 The Conclave was officially inaugurated by the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles of the Government of India Hon. Anand Sharma who highly commended a longstanding Indo- Africa cooperation by saying that his Government was committed and will continue to support Africa’s growing needs on assistance for long-term development projects, capacity building and other aspects of sustainable development.

Hon. Sharma also mentioned the Government of India’s targets to improve trade with African countries up to $100 billion by year 2015 from entry of about $65 billion trade value registered in 2011/12.  Moreover Minister Sharma appealed for the respective Government of African countries to intensify their dynamism of accessing abundant benefits of the Duty Free Tariff Preference Scheme which was announced by his Government for the Least Developed Countries in order to boost  and speed up their economic development. 
The Conclave plenary was similarly addressed by the Minister of State for External Affairs Hon. Mrs. Preneet Kaur who  highly praised Africa for the outstanding growing records of its economy that positioned the continent in the second place among the fastest growing regions in the world for the past decade.

Hon. Kaur equally, tagged the African outstanding successes with the reliable support and contribution offered by India to Africa especially in the areas of capacity building, technology transfer, and economic cooperation as a whole which she demonstrated move as her Government’s sincere commitment in assisting the continent proper handling and solving various development challenges it  encounters such as poor infrastructure, food security, insufficient social services including health care etc.

She further held that, the Government of India had already extended 150 Lines of Credit worth $5.2 billion to various African countries along that line and the current India-Africa Project Partnership had been documented to 475 project proposals valued $85 billion.

Other Dignitaries who addressed the Conclave were H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, the vice president of Uganda, H.E. Philemon Yang, Prime Minister, Republic of Cameroon, H.E. Dr Guy Scott, Vice President, Republic of Zambia, the President of the CII Mr. Adi Godrej, the Chairman of the CII Africa Committee Mr. Syamal Gupta, the CII Director General Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee and the Secretary Commerce [ Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Textiles] Mr. S. R. Rao  who positively acknowledged the Indo-Africa distinctive relations vis-à-vis trade and investments.

Various African Senior Sectoral Ministers including the Tanzanian Minister of Health and Social Welfare Hon Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Hon Prof. Makame Mbarawa and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Hon. Adam Malima had opportunities to address the Plenary in their respective Sessions as well as to have successful interaction with various Participants especially Indian entrepreneurs. 

Generally they all applauded the notable progress of indo-Africa cooperation which continues to unfold considerable amount of trade, investments projects and other type of cooperation between India and their respective countries and commended the CII, Exim Bank and the Indian Government for their determined efforts to annually coordinate these important events which as well they described them as a dynamic enhancing mechanism for the Indo-Africa economic cooperation.

The Tanzanian Ministers expressively enlighten Conclave about the Government’s enthusiasm and readiness to welcome and strongly cooperate with the potential investors in areas of agriculture, tertiary health services and IT infrastructure etc in both FDI and PPP arrangements.
While addressing the V Plenary Session of the Conclave, titled “Achieving Affordable Healthcare in Africa” the Minister of Health and Social Welfare Hon. Dr. Hussein Mwinyi took the opportunity to welcome Indian investment in tertiary healthcare services including medical insurance industry, global partnerships such as global funds for Malaria, HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis which provide funding for procurements of medicine, laboratories reagents, Telemedicine etc, which will help to cut down the costs of healthcare services and ultimately make them affordable. 

He further revealed that Tanzania offers exemptions to all capital goods imported to the countries for the purpose of setting up tertiary health care and on top of that there is also a substantial market of health services.

During the Plenary Session VII of the Conclave logoed “Building Capacity for Future : Opportunity for Partnership” the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Hon. Prof. Makame Mbarawa informed the audience that  besides Tanzania strategic geographical position, the Pan African Network project  which connect 47 African countries, has blessed and endowed the country  with great advantageous investment potential not only in  the area of information and communication technology but also in other area of the development.  Thanks to that [Government of India funded] project, Tanzania has become an important IT and communication hub for the most African countries especially the landlocked, he added. 

Similarly, Hon. Minister invited Indian Corporate to take advantage of the accessible expertise and technology of the Pan African Network project by investing in IT Centre parks   and other related ITC focused projects in Tanzania
Meanwhile, the Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Hon. Adam K. A. Malima said Indo-Africa cooperation was significantly important in ensuring food security in the African continent. Underscoring the importance of Indo-Africa cooperation, Hon. Malima who was addressing the Plenary Session III of the 9th CII-Exim Bank Conclave subtitled “Achieving Food Sufficiency in Africa –Opportunity for collaboration” revealed existing agro-investment opportunities in Tanzania.

He either recommended the Indian Business Community to prioritise and increase their agricultural investments in Tanzania through joint ventures with the Government [Public Private Partnership], partnership with local firms as well as through standalone [Foreign Direct Investment].

He further advised them to comprehensively utilize the Tanzania prominent International Trade Fair and Agriculture exhibitions [Saba Saba and Nane Nane] to showcase their agricultural technology, equipment and other related products to effect positive impact on Tanzanian/ international customers.

These annually Indo-Africa business congregations [CII- EXIM BANK Conclave on  India Africa Project Partnership] which designed to promote business through interaction amongst the participants, this year signified a very high record of African participation mounting to 900 delegates from 45 African countries.  During the three days of interactive sessions in which over 500 projects valued almost $70 billion were discussed positively affected more than 1,500 business-to-business meetings.

This highest attendance of African delegates was warmly welcomed and appreciated by the Indian Government and the Business Community as well. The African attitude was also decoded to a growing positive perception of longstanding Indo-Africa solidarity which resulted to a tremendous growth of mutual cooperation in various development sectors including agriculture, energy, mining, health, infrastructure, ICT etc. 10th CII-Exim Bank Conclave is expected to take place in March 2014 from 9th  to 11th  in New Delhi.

Other than the  above mentioned  Ministers, Tanzania was also represented at the Conclave by  the High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania in India H.E. Ambassador John W. H. Kijazi,  Members of the Parliament namely Hon. Dr. Faustine Ndungulile [MP], Hon. Zubeir Ali [MP] and Hon. Namelo E. Sokoine [MP], Director General of the COSTECH Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director of Irrigation, Ministry Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives [Mainland] Dr. Raphael L. Daluti, Senior Government Officials from Tanzania and from the High Commission in India as well as Private Sector.  

  • The Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Hon. Prof. Makame Mbarawa
  • Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Hon. Adam K. A. Malima
  • The High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania in India H.E. Ambassador John W. H. Kijazi