Vice President Inonge Wina has arrived in New Delhi in India for the third India-Africa forum summit (IAFS) for heads of state and government to be held on October 29th, 2015.
Mrs. Wina arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Tuesdays evening.
She was welcomed by India’s Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises G. M. Siddheshwara.
According to a programme obtained by ZANIS, Mrs. Wina is expected to have a bilateral meeting with India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Friday.
She is also expected to attend the India- Africa business forum on Wednesday October 28, where she is will make a presentation on energy and agriculture.
The Vice President is further expected to have other meetings with Zambia’s prospective development partners in India.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India and Africa will set substantial targets towards development partnership.
Speaking to African journalists from 54 countries, Mr Modi emphasised the need to accelerate the momentum in supporting emerging economies.
Mr Modi was speaking ahead of the 3rd India-Africa summit in New Delhi.
“We will address key challenges of our times, including food, health and environmental security,” he said.
Mr Modi said India will work towards creating conditions which stimulate trade and investment between the two parties.
“Our aim is to use the power of science and technology, space science and networked world to transform lives. This is not a one-way street; we hope to learn a great deal from numerous African success stories,” he said.
Mr Modi said India will reinforce its partnerships on the global platform and deepen security co-operation, which include maritime and counter-terrorism.
The summit has attracted 40 heads of State and government representatives and 400 journalists.
Mr Modi said the good response by African leaders marks the beginning of a new era for the India-Africa partnership.
“We have complimentary resources and markets and power of our human capital. We have a shared global vision,” he said.
Mr Modi said 34 African countries enjoy duty-free access to the Indian market of 1.25 billion people.
India has committed US$7.4 billion in concessional lines of credit, which are contributing towards development of infrastructure, light manufacturing, public services and clean energy in Africa.