Highlights:

  • India and Africa who shares a close and historical relationship look forward to organising Defence Dialogue alongside every DefExpo
  • The first India Africa Defence Ministers Conclave (IADMC) was organised in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Africa Defence Dialogue will support developing the existing partnership between the African countries and India

India and Africa who share a close and historical relationship look forward to organising Defence Dialogue alongside every DefExpo. The foundation of India-Africa defence relation is focused on the two guiding principles namely ‘SAGAR’: ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’: The World is One Family.

The first India Africa Defence Ministers Conclave (IADMC) was organised in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in association with DefExpo on February 06, 2020, co-organised by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs. The conclave was first in the series of Pan Africa events at the Ministerial level in the run-up to India-Africa Forum Summit IV. At the conclusion of IADMC 2020, a joint declaration named ‘Lucknow Declaration’ was adopted as an outcome document of the conclave.

According to the declaration and in consultations with the stakeholders, India aims to institutionalise the India Africa Defence dialogue during successive DefExpos that are scheduled to take place once every two years.

According to reports, the institutionalisation of the India Africa Defence Dialogue will support developing the existing partnership between the African countries and India. Furthermore, it will also explore several areas of convergence for mutual engagement that includes capacity building, training, cyber security, maritime security and counter-terrorism.

Moreover, it has been planned that Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses will be the knowledge partner of India Africa Defence Dialogue and will take an active part in facilitating necessary support for enhanced defence cooperation between Africa and India.

In the upcoming India-Africa Defence Dialogue likely to take place in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in March 2022, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will host the Defence Ministers of the African Nations. The theme of the event proposed is “India-Africa: Adopting Strategy for Synergizing and Strengthening Defence and Security Cooperation.”

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