Nims Chairman Dr. Balvir Singh Tomar attends IAFS 2015

The third India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was held in Delhi from 26th-29th October 2015. It was graced by the presence of Nims Chairman Dr. Balvir Singh Tomar and the heads of the government of 54 nations across Africa and the Indian Government. It was a 5 day summit which involved official level meeting between the head of States/governments of India and Africa.

IAFS is an official platform for the relationships between Africa and India. It celebrates the partnership between the two countries and acknowledges their common history and future prospects. The event was graced by the presence of eminent personalities like. IAFS provides an opportunity to reflect the past events. It is a landmark occasion which marks the relationships of the African continent and India.

Sushma Swaraj, the IAFS External Affairs Minister highlighted the spirit of cooperation and partnership between the countries focusing on the concept of “sabka saath, sabka vikas.” She said that the third India-Africa Forum Summit in Delhi was like a ‘family reunion’ and pointed to the shared history of struggle against imperialism, colonialism, racial discrimination and apartheid between the countries.

“India has always stood for and with Africa. Ours is a relationship forged in the crucible of the shared struggle against imperialism, colonialism, racial discrimination and apartheid. That era is now behind us, but the solidarity engendered by that shared struggle continues,” Ms Swaraj said.

“The longstanding and multifaceted India-Africa development partnership is based on the principles of equality, friendship and solidarity. It represents one of the finest examples of South-South cooperation,” Ms Swaraj said adding that she was confident that the Summit will chart a bold new course for future cooperation.

On this summit Prof. (Dr.) Balvir S. Tomar expressed that “We want to travel far on the path of development and we want to travel together with our African friends and partners, in the true spirit of sabka saath, sabka vikas (Together with all, Development for all).”

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