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05.04.2008 General News

President Kufuor Attends First Africa-India Summit

President Kufuor Attends  First Africa-India Summit
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President John Agyekum Kufuor   President John Agyekum Kufuor left Accra yesterday night for London en route to New Delhi, India, to attend the first Africa-India Summit scheduled for April 4 to 9, 2008.

President Kufuor who is also the immediate Past Chairman of the African Union (AU) is part of a 14-member delegation of Heads of State selected by the AU to represent the continent at this historic summit.

A statement signed by Mr Andrew Awuni, Press Secretary to the President and Presidential Spokesman, said the major economic blocks of the world had in recent times doubled their efforts to court Africa and to strengthen their relations with the continent.

It said America came through with the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in 2006, China initiated the China-Africa Forum also in 2006, Europe revived the AU-EU Summit last year and now India was taking her turn.

The statement said the Summit would seek to reinvigorate Africa-India relations and provide broad directions for greater partnership in the 21st century.

An Action Plan to provide a comprehensive framework for mutually beneficial cooperation between India and Africa would also be announced, the statement said.

This will be in the areas of economy, politics, science, technology, research and development as well as social development and capacity-building. Others will be tourism, infrastructure, energy and environments, water and sanitation and media and communication. President Kufuor is expected back home on Saturday, April 12, 2008.

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