A foot for thought

Journalists’ familiarization visit in India ends

By Anna Nimiriano

Journalists from 28 African countries were invited to India to attend the inauguration of 14th CII –Exim Bank Conclave which started on 17th and ended on 19th this month. Journalists visited and toured industries and historical areas in New Delhi and Hyderabad City as well. The touring ended on 23 of March with many presentations from government Institutions, industrial sectors and historical sites. Most of the discussions were based on how African countries should benefit from Indian government’s experiences in terms of technologies.

And also on how Indian government could support African countries to develop particularly South Sudan a country which is still needing  a lot of experiences in terms of developmental projects. It was recommended that training for capacity building of African countries should continue. As some technologies in India do not yet reach other African countries so that they learn from Indian experience hands.For South Sudan, Ambassador of India to South Sudan S.D Moorthy is sending government officials from different departments for training.  It was recommended that such training should continue for the development of South Sudan in particular and African countries at large.

The government of India welcomed all Africa countries to select any project that can benefit their people for some reasons that development patterns in Africa are not the same as it varies from Country to another. Some countries have their own industries of different sectors; others are still looking for investors such as South Sudan. The conditions for establishing those projects are that, each an individual’s country should conduct negotiations and discussions in order to work out the necessary modalities and arrangements and to reach an agreement.

It is individual country’s choice and interest to see what is good for its citizens.  Government and private sectors should make survey and find out what is required for each project for our case in South Sudan. That could be good for our business people at the countryside. It is not only for the government alone but also for our business people as they are organized. They can partner with Indian business people; that would be “business to business partnership.” Government has already welcomed investors to the country; traders should identify their interests and find their way son how to benefit from these investors being invited.

However, one of the challenges could be the issue of land. Each country should provide land for investors some industries have many companies and those ones need a big space of land. This required government’s cooperation with the land owners. In South Sudan, some people have big land and they should provide some for industries. If there is no understanding between the government and the land owners, it would be difficult for investors to operate.

People of South Sudan should understand that development in our country needs land. Therefore the government should explain this to the citizens the importance of development and its benefits to the country. The visit was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

The objective of the familiarization’s visit is to bring African journalists together to understand the cooperation of Indian government with African countries and also make them understand development in Indian and how they could cooperate with African countries to achieve common goals. The visit has built networking between African journalists and added more knowledge for the journalists as they have learned about Indian and its culture.

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