Recent Conferences
International Webinar on May 5th 2020
Talk by President of African Development Bank at IIC organiseded by ASA/PRIASA on 1st February2013
Round Table on "China in Francophone and Anglophone Africa: Implications on India", 24th August 2012 at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Conference to Establish Asian Africannist Network at Seoul, Korea on 27-29 April 2012
Symposium on “Indian Diaspora in Francophone and Lusophone Africa: Comparing Opportunities for Indian Foreign Policies” 27th September 2011,Conference Room-001 School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University
Talk by Nigerian Foreign Minister on 17th April 2011 at 5 PM
International seminar on 'India-Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation' at Mumbai organised by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) and Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai on 2-3 March, 2011
Round Table on
Public lecture cum discussion by Prof. Denis Venter on "The Imperatives of Democracy and Governance for African Renewal" at Conference Hall I, India International Centre on 27th January 2011 at 6:30 PM
ASA Interaction with visiting Journalist from Africa January 2011
International Seminar on India and South Africa: Political, Economic, Strategic and Diaspora Relations, 2-3 December, 2010 in collaboration with ASA India and IIC
Lecture cum discussion with Highcommissioner of the Republic of Gambia, 9th November 2010
Round Table on China and Africa: Perspective from India on 7th September 2010 at SIS, JNU
A talk by Prof. Peggy Levitt, 18 August 2010 at IIC
Teaching , Researching and Resourcing African Studies in India" on 19th March 2010 at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
International Seminar on “India and Africa: An Emerging Partnership” SIOS and Teen Murti Bhavan in Collaboration with ASA India on 4-5th March 2010, Inaguration by External Affairs Minister Mr. S. M. Krishna and Valedictory by MOS Sashi Tharoor
International Seminar on India and Africa: Partnership for Capacity Building and Human Resource Development organized by African Studies Association of India in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) & IIC on 9-10 Feb. 2010
South Africa under Globalisation: Issues in Foreign Policy and Development at New Delhi (JNU) on 11-12 Nov 2009
Asia - Sudan Internation Seminar organised in collaboration with Denmark School of International Studies at New Delhi (at IIC) on 10-11 Nov. 2009
International Seminar on India and SADC: Role and Importance of South Africa’ , Organised by African Studies Association of India and Punjabi University on 9-10 October 2009 at Punjabi University, Patiala.
International Seminar on India and North Africa under Globalization’ Organised by African Studies Association of India and Academy of Academy of Third World Studies on 18-19 February 2009 at JMI New Delhi.
International seminar on 'India-Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation' at Mumbai organised by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) and Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai on 2-3 March, 2011

Concept Note:

At the India-Africa Forum Summit, New Delhi, hosted by India in April 2008 and attended by the heads of state of 14 countries and representatives from the African Union (AU), two agreements were adopted. These were the Delhi Declaration and the Africa-India Framework for Co-operation. Both agreements offer a direction to Indo-African relations in the coming years, and provide a framework for the establishment of a new-type, long-term and stable partnership of equality and mutual benefit between India and Africa, as well as a blueprint for India-Africa co-operation in political, economic, social development and other fields in future. The Summit marked the culmination of India’s renewed focus on Africa. It was spurred largely by India’s desire to change the world’s perception of it  - away from being a recipient to being a donor - in order to boost its global-political position. The Framework for Co-operation lists several areas (and sub-areas) for co-operation such as economic co-operation, political co-operation, science, technology and research, social development, tourism, and infrastructure, and energy and environment. It lists a number of focus areas therein, for instance, agriculture, trade, regional integration, peace and security, ICT, and culture.
Certainly India’s attractiveness as an alternative development partner in Africa has been widely noted. The strength of India’s relations with African countries and the source of much of its soft power are derived from more than just its recent growth in trade and investment. Throughout its history of co-operation with African nations, India has emphasized that it has “given what it could” in terms of financial aid and technical support and it continues to do so even as its ability to promote relations through economic incentives - primarily trade, tourism, and investment - has grown. India has actively pursued capacity building and a development agenda in Africa. 
India has also taken an active interest in the debt relief of certain highly indebted African countries. It is also using military aid and promoting softer ties with the African countries with increased emphasis on education, science, culture, health and social aspects to cement its relationship with these countries. These relationship building measures have been quite successful and also had major spillover effects on India’s investment scenario as well.
One of the defining features of India’s policy towards Africa is the introduction of the Focus Africa Program. Foreign policy observers often attribute this program and also its growing engagement in Africa and other parts of the world, to its use of “soft power” - diplomacy, foreign assistance, trade, and investment, and the view of India as a vast, potential market. Moreover, India’s interest in obtaining supplies of energy and raw materials is the driving force behind its growing involvement in the economic expansion of African countries. At present, about a quarter of India’s crude oil imports are being sourced from Africa. Increased access to Africa’s oil resources was profitably negotiated with the aforementioned countries for India’s state owned enterprises for exploration rights and stakes in offshore blocks. Two way trades also impressively rose.
Trade encourages investment. Africa accounted for 16% of India’s FDI and there are significant Indian private sector investments in various African countries. Traditionally, Indian investments in Africa have been small to medium scale. But lately it has been observed that there is a growing interest of Indian MNCs in the African countries. Although most of the FDIs are in oil and gas sector, a large proportion of Indian FDI has also gone into the infrastructure, engineering, chemicals, services, banking and finance and IT and telecommunication sector in Africa. Indian pharmaceutical companies were also able to make major inroads in Africa.
 Moreover, the Indian diaspora plays a very significant role in promoting India-Africa relations . In East and Southern Africa, the large Indian diaspora, whose members have business ties with India and a good knowledge of Africa, has played a significant role in attracting new investments from India to the African continent. This is especially true, given that India is flush with foreign currency reserves, and the government has lifted regulations and controls, to allow firms to go abroad.
Against this backdrop, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai jointly with African Studies Association of India would like to organize an international seminar on India- Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation between India and the African Countries, on March 2nd and 3rd in Mumbai. The international seminar aims to facilitate a better understanding of the scope of co-operation in the emerging sectors of mutual interest. 
The proposed seminar will therefore focus on the following sub-themes, though it will not necessarily be confined to them:
1.      Issues Involved in India- Africa Economic and Political Relations in the post cold war period
2.      Capacity Building Activities between India and the African countries.
3.      The scope of cooperation on the emerging sectors of the areas of mutual interests between India and African countries like— Energy, Agro-based Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry and health care, Tourism, ICT, Education, Water resources, Science and Technology.
4.      Indian Diaspora as a factor in India- Africa Relations. 
Date: 14-Aug-2012
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