India's Engagement with East Africa Opportunities and Challenges

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-08-07
  • Publisher: Vij Books India
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Of Africa's five main regions, East Africa (EA) has enjoyed the oldest links with India. These links which were build through trade, commerce and travel across the Indian Ocean date back to over two thousand years. Over the ensuing years these linkages have witnessed a phenomenal expansion.

India has taken significant steps to strengthen and diversify its relations with East Africa. In particular, the India-Africa Forum Summit process, initiated in the year 2008, has led to a qualitative transformation of India- East Africa relationship. It has not only institutionalized India's interaction with East African countries, both at the regional and the bilateral level, but also has instilled a new momentum to the relations in a comprehensive scale.

As a consequence, development partnership, economic cooperation, diaspora linkages and security collaboration between both regions have intensified. The influx of Indian developmental assistance, capital and personnel is having potentially profound developmental consequences for the East African countries. The economic partnership with East African countries has become vibrant, extending beyond trade and investment to technology transfers, knowledge sharing, and skills development. Efforts are underway to strengthen linkages with the Indian diaspora in the East Africa region, which has the potential to promote and strengthen bilateral relations. India is also contributing to peace and stability of the region at the multilateral as well as bilateral level.

As the engagement is not only fast moving but also intensifying, it has become all the more pertinent to reflect on the changing contours of the multifaceted partnership and have a realistic assessment. The book provides an understanding of different aspects of multidimensional India- East Africa engagement. It explores India's opportunities in the region and assesses the local needs, expectations and concerns.

Author Biography

Dr. Nivedita Ray is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi. She has done her Ph.D in African Studies from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her areas of research interest include India-Africa Relations, BRICS and Africa, Indian Diaspora in Africa, and Maritime Security. She has published research papers and commentaries in journals, websites, and magazines.

Table of Contents

India and East Africa Partnership: Historical Experiences and Current Realities
Overview of the East African Region
East African Geopolitics: Indian Context
Significance of East Africa to India
East Africa's Development: India an Attractive Partner
India- East Africa Ties- Historical Experiences
Current Forms of Bilateral Engagement
Regional Level Engagement

India and East Africa: Development Cooperation
Historical Evolution of India's development Partnership
Current shifts and trends
Institutional Mechanisms
ITEC Programme
Development Assistance to East African Countries
Rationale of Development Assistance
Policy Options

India –East Africa Economic Linkages: Role of Indian Private Sector
Investments Bilateral
Investments- Sector Wise
Information Technology and Enabled services

Indian Diaspora in East Africa as Heritage Resource
India and its Diaspora: Early Migration and Settlement
Issue of Identity of Indians in East Africa
Position, Role, Status and Contribution of Indian Diaspora
Strategic Significance of Indian diaspora

Security Challenges in East Africa: India's Cooperation for Stability
Security Challenges in East Africa
Complexity of Security Crisis
National and Regional Responses
International Responses and Cooperation
Areas of Security Cooperation


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