The Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar’s recent visit to Kenya at the invitation of the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Rauychelle Omamo, SC EGH from June 12-14, 2021 not only underlined the deep historical and civilizational links between the two countries but also brought into focus the priority India attaches to its engagement with the African continent.
This was highlighted by Prime Minister Modi in his landmark speech in the Ugandan Parliament in 2018 where he outlined the 10 Principles that will guide the future of India-Africa engagement and focussed on India taking the lead in a cooperative and inclusive multi-sectoral approach towards capacity enhancement.
India has always been at the forefront of championing Africa’s cause on the global stage it supported the struggle against apartheid it has advocated representation from the African continent in the UN Security Council and it has invested more than USD 13 Bn in capacity building efforts which has contributed significantly towards economic and social development in the region.
From a maritime perspective, working together for ensuring the freedom of the oceans with an inclusive and cooperative approach underpinned by India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) is included in the guiding principles.
The East coast of Africa is an integral part of the Indian Ocean littoral with its waters washing the shores of 10 nations in that continent.