India gives $ 15 million to Niger for the African Union summit in July

NEW DELHI: India has awarded a $ 15 million grant to help organize the African Union (AU) scheduled summit July 7-8, 2019 in Niamey, the capital of Niger, the government said in a statement.

The support of the grant aid was in response to a specific request made by Niger. India sees the assistance of the grant as a reiteration of India's strong commitment to its development partnership with Africa, the continent where it competes for China's influence.

Niger is the host of the first time. It is also expected that the UA Summit in Niamey will launch the historic (AfCFTA).

The aid granted was symbolically delivered to Lamido Ousseini Bala Goga Salamatou, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger in the presence of Mohammed Saidil Moctar, minister and special adviser to the President of Niger by the Ambassador of India in Niger, Rajesh Agarwal, in a ceremony held on June 17. 2019, in Niamey, the statement said.

India and Niger enjoy close relationships. Bilateral relations have expanded significantly since the opening of the Indian Resident Diplomatic Mission in Niamey in 2009. India has provided Niger $ 96.54 million credit lines for transportation projects, solar energy And drinking water, he added.

India is also establishing itself in Niamey, the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Center with the help of the grant. The Center honors the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birthday is in 2019.