Briefing from ROAPE Volume 35 Number 115
India's Growing African Strategy
If India and Africa are able to synergise energies and initiatives and adapt to a changing world, the 21st century could surely belong to them (Rao Inderjit Singh, Indian Minister of State, Defense). So far the debate on the rise of the Asian Giants in Africa has primarily focused on China. Yet, recently India is seen as becoming a significant actor in Africa, although possibly not at the same level as China is presently. India's attractiveness to African countries lies in its ability to produce soft infrastructure including IT goods and pharmaceutical products, the global presence of its corporates like the TATA Group, Mahindra & Mahindra and Acerlor Mittal, as well as its increasing donor role. Some analysts even argue that India's presence makes it an important force in offsetting China's dominance regionally and globally.