PM Narendra Modi in South Africa: From defence ties to support for NSG – 6 key takeaways

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Published: July 8, 2016 5:02:51 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, during his four-nation tour to Africa.

Narendra Modi, PM Modi south africa visit, Jacob Zuma, South Africa President, South Africa President Jacob ZumaNarendra Modi in South Africa: Several pacts were signed between the two nations, during PM Modi’s visit. (MEA Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, during his four-nation tour to Africa. Several pacts were signed between the two nations, during PM Modi’s visit.

“President Zuma and I reviewed the full spectrum of our engagement.We agreed that in the last two decades, our relationship has been a story of strong advances and concrete achievements,” PM Modi said in his press briefing.

We take a look at 6 takeaways from the press statement, as highlighted by PM Narendra Modi:

1) Business ties: There is potential to expand our business and investment ties further, especially in the areas of minerals and mining; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; high-technology manufacturing; and information and communication technology.

2) SMEs: India is ready to share its expertise and capacities for the development of small and medium business in South Africa.

3) Defence: Beyond economic ties, and business links, trade and investment, we can also partner in the field of defence and security. Both, at the level of industry and for our strategic and security needs.

In India, this is one of the sectors witnessing a complete transformation. It offers exciting opportunities in defence trade. Our companies can also pool their capacities to jointly develop or manufacture defence equipment and platforms.And, not just to meet our defence needs, but also to respond to regional and global demand.

4) NSG: I thanked the President for South Africa’s support to India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. We know that we can count on the active support of our friends, like South Africa.

5) Climate change: Climate change, and its impact on the world, is our shared concern. We agreed that a large-scale effort and focus on renewable energy is needed to address this challenge. It was with this in mind that India had led the efforts to form an International Solar Alliance at COP 21 in Paris. I believe that it can be the most effective platform for access to knowledge, technology and finance, for promoting solar energy. I am thankful to President Zuma, for South Africa’s partnership in this Alliance, which already has the support of over 120 countries.

 

6) Terrorism: Terrorism is another shared threat that puts at risk the safety and security of our people. It attacks the very foundations of our society. The President and I agreed that our two nations need to stay vigilant and cooperate actively to combat terrorism, both in our region and in the world.

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