As Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, T.S. Tirumurti is entrusted with implementing India’s policy on Africa and on development partnership. With an enhanced engagement between New Delhi and the continent in the past four years, he talks to Pranay Sharma on India’s growing relations with Africa, how India’s Africa policy differs from China’s, how the country is becoming Africa’s partner of choice in its growth and how India’s implementation of projects has become more effective. Excerpts:
How do you describe India’s relations with Africa?
They are at an all-time high. The depth of our relations covers almost every sector. We have had 29 visits at the highest political level of president, vice president and prime minister to the continent in the past four years. We also have had several ministerial visits in both directions—this is unprecedented.
Why do we have so many visits to Africa all of a...