India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was on a two-day visit to Kampala, Uganda. During his visit, Mode made some rather interesting announcement; India plans to open 18 new embassies across Africa.
Political and Economics pundits have described this move by India as a charm-offensive tour across Africa. India, though has its fair share of socio-economic disparities, is nonetheless one of Asia economic powerhouses. Though China has been on the African charm-offensive for much longer and on a much-bigger check. It would seem, India does not want to be left behind, as Africa is open for business.
On his last day of the two days tour, Modi announced that India will be making a $200 million worth of donation to Uganda in the form of cancer therapy machines and funds that will go towards setting up infrastructure and environmental improvement projects.
India, just like China, wants to socio-economic influence over Africa and is now embarking on aggressive development of trade, financial, and diplomatic ties with the continent. Currently, India has just 29 full diplomatic missions in Africa; a far cry from China’s 50.
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