Economic contours of India’s partnership with Africa
The US political leadership is faced with internal divisions, reneging on important global agreements like the trans-pacific partnership and the climate change agreement. Western world is distraught with xenophobic politics, talks of protectionism, anti-immigration and hysterical campaigners. Forging mutually beneficial partnerships with European nations is not sufficient since their internal politics, faced with numerous pressures, is turning unpredictable. West Asia has its own share of problems with the intensifying of Saudi-Iran rivalry drawing the region in chaos. At the same time, Russia, our traditional ally has been embracing China in pursuit of its economic and geostrategic interests. Within the neighbourhood, relations with China and Pakistan continue to be strained. This scenario calls for an intimate partnership with Africa. Built on historical legacy and trade and investment ties, this relationship is based on mutual interests and synergies. This article, mainly based on the book “Importance of South Africa for India’s diplomatic strategy-Economic, Political and Security aspects”, by Manavi Jain; discusses the economic aspects of India’s relationship with Africa.