Prime News, International, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), May 23:- Inaugurating the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India and Africa have held strong ties for centuries, while adding that trade between the two economies has multiplied in last 15 years and doubled in last five years.
Prime Minister Modi at the event raked Mahatma Gandhi and said that the father of the nation chiselled his tools of non-violence in Africa.
“India has had strong ties with Africa for centuries. Mahatma Gandhi perfected his tools of non-violence in South Africa. Africa-India trade multiplied in last 15 years. It doubled in the last five years to reach nearly seventy-two billion US dollars in 2014-15,” said Prime Minister Modi.
Asserting that Africa is a prime focus continent for India, the Prime Minister further averred that after assuming office in 2014 he made the continent top priority.
“After assuming office in 2014, I have made Africa a top priority for India’s foreign and economic policy. I am proud to say that there is no country in Africa that has not been visited by an Indian Minister in the last three years,” said Prime Minister Modi.
–(NGB, Inputs: ANI)