A Miniature Sheet consisting of 6 nos. of commemorative postage stamp on the 3rd India–Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III), New Delhi : Indian and African Rhinoceros, Black Buck and Thomson’s Gazelle, Indian and African Lion :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 29, 2015
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on the occasion of the 3rd India–Africa Forum Summit.
Stamp/FDC : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 p (4), 2500 p (2)
Stamps Printed : 0.5 Million Each
Miniature Sheet : 0.2 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- The Third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS–III) is to be held from 26-29 October, 2015 in New Delhi. The first two Summits were held in 2008 in New Delhi and in 2011 in Addis Ababa. The IAFS-III will be the first India–Africa Summit where Leaders of all 54 African countries, with whom India has diplomatic relations, have been invited to participate.
- The India–Africa strategic partnership flows from the longstanding maritime trading and cultural links across the Indian Ocean; the presence of substantial Indian Diaspora in Africa that is an active participant in the economic development in Africa and forms a special bond; the common struggle of our leaders against imperialism, colonialism and apartheid; the collective action to demand a more just and fair international political and economic order that is sensitive to developing countries concerns at international fora; the rapidly growing trade and investment links and an extensive and growing development partnership and the bilateral friendly relations between India and the countries of Africa.
- The multifaceted India–Africa development partnership based on equality, friendship and solidarity represents South-South cooperation in all its dimensions. This encompasses human resource development through scholarships, training, capacity building; financial assistance through grants and soft credit to implement various public goods projects, including those for education, healthcare and infrastructure; trade preferences; technology collaborations; humanitarian financial and in kind assistance in emergency situations; deployment of peacekeeping troops who also conduct a range of development and humanitarian tasks; cooperation in negotiations in multilateral fora for common causes and concerns, among others.
- India–Africa trade has multiplied over twenty times in the last fifteen years and doubled in the last five years to reach US$ 72 billion in 2014-2015. Investment by Indian companies into Africa has also grown significantly and is estimated to be in the range of US$ 30-35 billion.
- Since the Second India–Africa Forum Summit, over 24,000 scholarships have been provided to African countries. These include more than 300 training programmes conducted at over 60 institutions in addition to the higher education scholarships at various universities.
- In the last decade, a total of almost US$ 9 billion in concessional credit has been approved for nearly 140 projects in more than 40 African countries by Government of India, with special emphasis on LDCs (Least Developed Countries) and SIDS (Small Island Developing States) partners in view of their special challenges and requirements. So far nearly 60 projects have been completed.
- The Third India-Africa Forum Summit is taking place in a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. It is the first since the achievement of 50 years of pan-Africanism and African Renaissance and shortly following the landmark adoption of the Agenda 2063 by the African Union. It is also the first since the landmark 50th anniversary of the Group of 77 last year. The Summit follows weeks after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the deliberations held at the Third International Conference for Financing for Development in Addis Ababa a few months ago. 2015 is also the year when the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris will finalize a post 2020 Agreement on Climate Change as also a World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial that will be held in Nairobi. India and Africa have worked together to develop a common understanding of our core priorities for an inclusive economic growth to eradicate poverty and allocate adequate resources for sustainable development.
- The Third India–Africa Forum Summit is expected to provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the longstanding friendship between India and Africa and to chart the course of our strategic partnership going forward.
- Text : Based on the material provided by proponent.