March 28, 2019

An agreement has been signed between India and the African Union to establish an India-Africa health sciences collaborative platform for cooperation in health services, pharmaceutical trade and manufacturing capabilities for drugs and diagnostics.


  • In the last decade, the India-Africa relationship has grown exponentially.

  • India is Africa’s fourth largest trading partner with 21 % of Indian foreign investment directed to the continent between 2008 and 2016.

  • India has also increased its visibility in recent years through high level visits, increased diplomatic ties and the creation of education and skill development programmes such as the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme.

  • More than half of International Solar Alliance (ISA) member states coming from Africa.

  • The India–Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) is the official platform for the African-Indian relations. IAFS will be held once in every three years. It was first held in 2008 in New Delhi.