Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s latest go to to Gabon as soon as once more proved the robust bonding between India and African nations. He led the first-ever go to by a high-ranking Indian dignitary to the Gabonese Republic with a sequence of high-level conferences within the capital metropolis of Libreville.
“India attaches nice significance to its relations with Gabon and reiterated the dedication of the Authorities of India to be Gabon’s dependable companion in its improvement journey,” in response to a tweet by the Vice President’s Workplace.
He referred to as for stepping up bilateral cooperation in inexperienced vitality, providers, well being and agriculture amongst different sectors.
The Indian Vice President was accorded a ceremonial reception and was warmly obtained by Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Prime Minister of Gabon and Michael Moussa-Adamo, Gabonese Minister of Overseas Affairs.
Naidu held a bilateral assembly with Moussa Adamo after which met the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba.
The Indian Vice President additionally led delegation-level talks with the Gabonese Prime Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda on a number of problems with frequent curiosity to each international locations and sought to deepen the bilateral relations. Throughout this, two Memorandum of understanding (MoUs) had been signed — institution of a Joint Fee between the Governments of India and Gabon, and an MoU between the diplomats’ coaching institutes, Sushma Swaraj Institute of Overseas Providers and Gabonese Ministry of Overseas Affairs.
“We’re able to work along with Gabon to broaden our ambit of cooperation in numerous spheres to additional strengthen and broaden our bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation,” Naidu stated.
Referring to the regular progress of bilateral commerce between India and Gabon, which crossed USD 1 billion in 2021-22 regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, Naidu referred to as for exploring the chances of diversifying the commerce basket, notably within the sectors of well being and prescribed drugs, vitality, agriculture, rice, defence and safety. He additionally needed elevated partnership between each the international locations in key sectors equivalent to oil & fuel, mining, wooden processing, defence, and photo voltaic vitality amongst others.
Terming capability constructing as an necessary pillar of India’s partnership with Africa, the Vice President introduced the Indian authorities’s approval for a particular coaching programme for the following batch of 20 Gabonese diplomats.
Congratulating Gabon for getting elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Safety Council for the time period 2022-23, Naidu thanked its management for supporting India’s candidature for the everlasting membership of the UNSC. Emphasising the necessity for structural reforms in United Nations, notably within the UN Safety Council, he referred to as for nearer cooperation between the 2 international locations on points equivalent to counter-terrorism and local weather change.
In his talks, the Vice President additionally reiterated India’s assist for the Frequent African Place, enshrined within the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration, and underscored the necessity to rectify the historic injustice finished to the African continent.
He additionally emphasised the necessity to work carefully collectively in guaranteeing that the founding values and rules of NAM are adhered to in each letter and spirit and that NAM focuses on mainstream up to date problems with relevance to the growing world.
Recognising that Gabon was among the many first international locations to signal and ratify the Worldwide Photo voltaic Alliance settlement and that it plans to have 100 per cent clear vitality by 2030, Naidu stated India wish to prolong all potential help to Gabon to realize its renewable vitality targets.
Though the Indian neighborhood in Gabon is comparatively small in numbers, the Vice President lauded their priceless contribution to the Gabonese economic system and conveyed his appreciation to the Gabonese Authorities for taking excellent care of Indian nationals.
Round 800 Indians live in Gabon. They’re engaged in infrastructure initiatives, buying and selling, and export of timber and steel scrap.
From Gabon, Naidu travelled to Senegal the place he met President of the Nationwide Meeting Moustapha Niasse, and different dignitaries.
He stated that there’s a thriving Indian neighborhood in each African nation, a lot of whom have been dwelling there for generations. He stated that via their achievements & contribution to Senegal’s improvement, the Indian diaspora has created immense goodwill for the nation. “Indian diaspora has, certainly, been true cultural ambassadors of India. Their success around the globe is a good supply of pleasure for us”, he stated.
Throughout his go to to Senegal, the Vice President led delegation has signed a number of agreements with Senegal, together with a Visa Waiver Settlement for diplomatic and official passport holders, a Cultural Alternate Programme, and an MoU on cooperation in Youth issues.
Noting that there are a number of Indian-owned companies in Senegal, Shri Naidu stated that they will take the lead in creating new enterprise and funding collaborations between Senegal and India and assist mutual progress and improvement. “A lot of what our two international locations have achieved immediately, wouldn’t have been potential with out the contribution of the colourful Indian neighborhood in Senegal”, he stated.