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The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), through long, deep and sustained engagement with Africa, plays a catalytic role in strengthening India – Africa ties, especially in the world of business. CII started its Africa - focussed initiatives more than 25 years ago, and today is linked with 78 counterpart organizations in 37 African countries to facilitate exchange of information between Indian and African industry. CII also has ties with investment promotion agencies in Africa.
  • 1. CII & Africa Working Together
  • 2. Copyright © 2015 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in, or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), in part or full in any manner whatsoever, or translated into any language, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. CII has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and material presented in this document. Nonetheless, all information, estimates and opinions contained in this publication are subject to change without notice, and do not constitute professional advice in any manner. Neither CII nor any of its office bearers or analysts or employees accept or assume any responsibility or liability in respect of the information provided herein. However, any discrepancy, error, etc. found in this publication may please be brought to the notice of CII for appropriate correction. Published by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), The Mantosh Sondhi Centre; 23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003, India, Tel: +91-11-24629994-7, Fax: +91-11-24626149; Email:; Web:
  • 3. 1 CII & AFRICA CII & Africa Working Together The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), through long, deep and sustained engagement with Africa, plays a catalytic role in strengthening India – Africa ties, especially in the world of business. CII started its Africa - focussed initiatives more than 25 years ago, and today is linked with 78 counterpart organizations in 37 African countries to facilitate exchange of information between Indian and African industry. CII also has ties with investment promotion agencies in Africa.
  • 4. 2 CII & AFRICA Knowledge-Sharing and Skill Development Research and Publications In order to keep Industry up-to-date with the latest findings across sectors, the CII Africa Desk regularly produces white papers, reports and publications for circulation to its membership and beyond. Research is conducted both independently and in collaboration with multi-national knowledge partners and banks. Some important publications over the last few years have been: Nigeria and India: Leveraging on• the economies (2015) Joining Hands to Unlock Africa’s• Potential – A new Indian Industry- led approach to Africa (2014) Business Guide to Investing in• Africa (2014) A New World of Opportunity:• India Africa Partnership Potential - An Ernst & Young Report (2011) India-Africa Business Guide (2011)• India Inc. Imprint – Skills, Training• & CSR in Africa (2011) Indian Success Stories in Africa• (2010) International Training CII has always placed high importance on Skill and Capacity Development. The CII Africa Sub-Committee on IT, Skill and Capacity Development, meets frequently to discuss issues and methods to help improve the talent and competence levels of our partners in Africa. Indian Industry is looking at providing scholarships and internships to African students in India and also at enhancing the acceptability of Indian degrees across the African continent. For the past few years, the CII Africa Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Environment, Forests & Climate Change, India; James Alix Michel, President of Seychelles, and Vimal Wakhlu, Member, CII Africa Committee, and CMD, Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd, at a Business Session on 26 August 2015 in New Delhi Seychelles Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, releasing the CII publication ‘Connecting India and Africa: The Way Forward,’ with (L – R) Jonathan Wutawunashe, then Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary; Alain Bédouma Yoda, then Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Burkina Faso; Sanjay Kirloskar, CMD, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, at the 5th CII – Exim Bank Conclave on India – Africa Project Partnership, 22 – 24 March, 2009, in New Delhi Kenya Florence Weche, High Commissioner of Kenya to India; Vinay Kumar, Joint Secretary (E&SA), Ministry of External Affairs, India; Ambassador Dr Amina C Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kenya, and Rajeev Mehrotra, Member, CII Africa Committee, and CMDF, RITES Ltd, at an Interactive Session on 12 February 2015, in New Delhi
  • 5. 3 CII & AFRICA Desk has been conducting a 10-day Industrial Services Training Programme (ISTP), to expose Heads of African Chambers of Commerce to best practices of Indian business, and Indian Chambers of Commerce, and, as well, to network with Indian industry. So far, eight such training programmes have been completed. CII, in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of External Affairs, India, has been commissioned to execute the India – Africa Technology Partnership Programme (IATPP). The main objective of the IATPP is to create an enabling mechanism to build capacity in the recipient nations to absorb new technologies, build long term and stronger science and technology partnerships and facilitate the transfer of Indian technology to the African nations. Under this umbrella, a major initiative is capacity-building for African participants in Innovation and Technology Management, via a week- long training programme. CII also organizes interactive sessions with international educationalists, legal advisors and Export-Import banks to share information on the latest rules, regulations, research and financing options available for traders and investors. African Ambassadors at the opening session of the 5th CII – Exim Bank Conclave on India – Africa Project Partnership, held from 22 – 24 March, 2009, in New Delhi Mali Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, greeting Alpha Mour Konare, President of Mali. Also seen: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Past President, CII, and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises Ltd during the 1st India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi on 9 April 2008 A R Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India to Nigeria; Uju Aisha Baba Hassan, Executive Secretary & CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission; Naresh Leekha, Regional Director, Tata International Ltd; Dr (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor of Lagos, Nigeria, and Engr Benson Abounu, Deputy Governor of Benue, Nigeria, inaugurating the India Show in Lagos Nigeria
  • 6. 4 CII & AFRICA Trade and Investment Promotion One of CII’s core strengths is trade and investment promotion. Over the past five years, Indian Industry’s footprints have steadily been growing in Africa. The CII Africa Desk engages with all parts of the continent, both Sub- Saharan and the north. In partnership with the Government of India, CII works to promote Brand India and its ‘Triple A’ (Affordable, Adaptable, Appropriate) Technology in Africa, resulting in many success stories. Interactive sessions with international journalists, and representatives of the World Trade Organization (WTO), African Development Bank (AFDB), Regional Economic Communities, etc, are held to spread awareness about the benefits of partnering with India. CII also regularly organizes international business delegations to all parts of Africa. These delegations are multi-sectoral, usually comprising representatives of 15 or more companies (many of whom travel for the first time) and often accompany visiting Indian Ministers or senior government officials. The delegations provide a platform for members to interact with their industry counterparts in Africa for B2B meetings, as well as meet relevant African ministers, investment promotion agencies, and participate in business seminars. Furthermore, CII leads delegations to international events such as Mining Indaba, South Africa, and organizes an India Pavilion in several African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and at trade fairs like Auto Mechanica, Denfence and Aero-Space Expo, to name a few. Lesotho The Right Dr Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili, Prime Minister of Lesotho, visiting the Exhibition during the 10th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership in March 2014, in New Delhi Zimbabwe B Muthuraman, then President, CII; Joice Mujuru, Vice President of Zimbabwe; Syamal Gupta, Chairman, CII Africa Committee; Faustin Archange Touadera, Prime Minister, Central African Republic, and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, at the 8th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership held in New Delhi, from 18 – 20 March, 2012 Rwanda Interactive Session with Paul Kigame, President of Rwanda, in New Delhi on 4 November 2014 Debnath Shaw, High Commissioner of India to Tanzania; Virendra Gupta, Deputy Director General, CII; Madhu Kannan, Member, CII International Council, and Member, GEC and Group Head – Business Development & Public Affairs, Tata Sons Ltd; Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Abdallah Kigoda (MP), Minister of Industry and Trade, Tanzania, and Prof. Jumanne Abdallah Maghembe (MP), Minister of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania, at an interactive session on 18 June 2015, in New Delhi Tanzania
  • 7. 5 CII & AFRICA One of the largest events organized by CII abroad is ‘The India Show.’ The three day-long event-cum-exhibition is an endeavour to increase India’s share and competitiveness in world markets. ‘The India Show’ consistently presents Indian Industry’s high quality goods, services and technologies in varied sectors, to the world. CII has organized four India Shows in Africa so far, in South Africa (2010), Ethiopia (2011), Tanzania (2013) and Nigeria (2015). A mega event organized by CII for Africa in India is the annual CII – Exim Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership. “The Conclave has become a prestigious event for Indian and African Governments and industry to meet and explore new avenues of partnership,” said Mr Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, and the then Minister of External Affairs, India, in his keynote address at the 5th CII-Exim Bank Conclave in 2009. The annual gathering enables the Indian and African leadership to take stock of the progress of the partnership and address future needs in this regard, he added. CII also hosts Africa Conclaves in New Delhi, and Regional Conclaves in African Nations. There have been 10 Africa Conclaves in New Delhi and 13 regional conclaves in Africa, in Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Namibia and Nigeria. Over the years, the Africa Conclaves have seen participation from 19 African Heads of States, more than 5000 delegates from 45 African countries, 4000 delegates from India and discussion of 2534 projects worth USD 256.63 billion. The essence of the CII Africa Conclave is to encourage Indian exporters to access African countries and increase their presence Sainy Tiemele, Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to India; Jean Louis Billon, Minister of Trade, Handicrafts & SMEs, Cote d’Ivoire; Jean Claude Brou, Minister of Industry & Mines, Cote d’Ivoire; Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire; Dinesh Bhatia, Ambassador of India to Cote d’Ivoire, and S Paramasivan, Deputy MD, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, at an interactive session in New Delhi on 4 November 2014 Cote d’Ivoire MoU signing between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique(CTA) at the session on ‘Enhancing Economic Partnership between Indian and Mozambique’ held on 27 September, 2013, in Maputo Mozambique Exhibition at the India Show, South Africa, held from 28 August to 1 September 2010, in Johannesburg South Africa Samuel Panyin Yalley, High Commissioner of Ghana to India addressing the Africa Seminar Series on 12 August 2015, in Kolkata Ghana
  • 8. 6 CII & AFRICA in the region. It not only increases the outreach of information on Indian enterprise in the identified sectors but also opens possibilities for discussion on Indian participation on long term projects. African nations also participate strongly in CII’s flagship international investors meet - The Partnership Summit, organized annually in association with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India, for active engagement and collaboration of India at a global level. The Summit, which was launched in 1995 to commemorate the Confederation’s centenary year, attracts 1200-1500 delegates every year with over 40% participation from overseas. CII organizes regular visits for African Industry and diplomats to both SMEs and large scale Indian companies, to give them direct exposure to the potential and capabilities of Brand India. The reverse is also done via road shows organized across India to introduce regional Indian Industry members and businesspeople to Brand Africa and the immense possibilities that lie in developing and augmenting commercial relations with the continent. An important advantage of using CII as a platform for India – Africa interaction, is the ability to network with top Government officials –Prime Ministers, Presidents, Ministers and Ambassadors from across Africa. CII regularly organizes interactive sessions with visiting dignitaries from Africa, engaging groups that range anywhere between 20 to 200, in seminars, Q & A sessions, sector-specific presentations and networking opportunities. Sanjay Kirloskar, CMD, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, receiving Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President of Ghana, for an Interactive Session in New Delhi on 4 November 2014 Ghana Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, addressing a Business Session with Indian Industry in New Delhi, on 18 September 2012 Burundi Dr Ajedra Gabriel Aridru, Minister of State for Investments, Uganda, addressing an interactive session in New Delhi on 30 July 2014 Uganda Dr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade & Investment, Nigeria; D S Dhesi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India; Ndubuisi V Amaku, High Commissioner of Nigeria to India, and N K Verma, Member, CII Africa Committee, and MD, ONGC Videsh Ltd, at an interaction in New Delhi, on 11 September, 2014 Uganda Ambuj Chaturvedi, Executive Director, Overseas Infrastructure Alliance; Sam Okuonzi, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs, Uganda, and Hon. Asamo Hellen Grace, Member of Parliament, Uganda, at an interaction on 25 November, 2014, in New Delhi Nigeria
  • 9. 7 CII & AFRICA Policy and Multi-Lateral Engagement The CII Africa Desk regularly organizes and participates in multilateral business forums (such as BRICS Forum, IBSA Dialogue Forum, Africa Global Business Forum, World Economic Development Forum, etc) to jointly discuss and strategize methods on enhancing South – South commercial co-operation. These Forums are attended by CEOs and senior officials from across the world who discuss various issues impacting bilateral trade and investment; and make recommendations to enhance them. Issues and constraints such as tariff barriers, expediting visa applications, early finalization of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and technology transfer, are put across for Government consideration. In some instances, Governments are urged to liberalize norms and reduce duties. A key forum organized by CII is the India – South Africa CEOs Forum, currently chaired by Mr Adi Godrej, Past President, CII, and Chairman, Godrej Group. The Forum, launched by Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, during his visit to India in June 2010, held its first meeting in Johannesburg on 30 August, 2010. The second meeting was held on 29 August, 2011 in New Delhi. The Forum has come up with recommendations in different sectoral areas to improve trade and investments. The CII-India Business Forum (IBF) has helped broaden Indian corporate participation in South Africa and Egypt, paving their entry into these markets. The IBF focuses on skill development, healthcare, job creation, wealth creation and distribution as important elements of partnership. Inaugural of the 2nd Regional Conclave on India Africa project Partnership, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 April 2006 Ethiopia Delegation from National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPPS), Kuru, Nigeria, with CII representatives, on 4 June, 2015, in New Delhi Nigeria Participants of the 6th Industrial Services Training Programme for Representatives of African Chambers of Commerce, held from 18 – 29 March 2012, in New Delhi Ghana John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of Ghana, addressing 6th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership held on 15 March 2010, in New Delhi. Also seen: Jonathan Wutawunashe, Dean of Diplomatic Corp, and Ambassador of Zimbabwe to India, and Sanjay Kirloskar, CMD, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd
  • 10. 8 CII & AFRICA The CII Africa Committee, with both large and small enterprises as members, drives CII’s engagements with Africa. The Committee, currently chaired by Mr Noel N Tata, Managing Director, Tata International Ltd, develops strategies to improve bilateral economic, industrial and trade relations, and addresses areas of concern while presenting recommendations and sustainable solutions for deeper engagement. It also helps create new guidelines and checklists for various forms of industrial cooperation. The Committee monitors the economic policies of Indian and African States and identifies opportunities to scale up India’s presence in African markets, and build Africa’s presence in the Indian market. It has five sub- committees, focusing on agriculture and allied services; banking and finance; investment and consultancy promotion; knowledge management and skill development; and promoting Brand India, respectively.    Joining hands to unlock Africa’s potential A new Indian industry-led approach to Africa March 2014 Presented at CII–EXIM Bank Conclave on India–Africa Project Partnership, 2014
  • 11. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 7800 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 240 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues. Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few. In its 120th year of service to the nation, the CII theme of Build India - Invest in Development: A Shared Responsibility, reiterates Industry’s role and responsibility as a partner in national development. The focus is on four key enablers: Facilitating Growth and Competitiveness, Promoting Infrastructure Investments, Developing Human Capital, and Encouraging Social Development. With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 8 overseas offices in Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, U
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