(Value in billion USD) (Source: DGCI&S)
19 Trade Agreements are in place between Government of India and Government of various African Countries. A list of these Trade Agreements is available on the Department’s website [ International Trade > Trade Agreements > India-Africa Trade Agreement ]. The current status of negotiation for India-SACU PTA and India-COMESA PTA/FTA are available on the Department’s website in ‘Current Engagements of India in RTAs’ in ‘Trade Agreements’ under ‘International Trade’. [ International Trade > Trade Agreements > India's Current Engagements in RTAs ]
The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme is an initiative of the Government of India to strengthen the cotton and textile sector in select African countries. The programme was announced during the 2nd India-Africa Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in May, 2011 and officially launched during the 2nd India-Africa Trade Ministers Meet held in New Delhi in March, 2012. Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) was launched for the cotton sector in select African countries namely Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad, Mali (the cotton 4), Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda with an assistance of Rs.21 crore and has been completed successfully over a period of three years (2011-14). So far, over 150 participants have been trained in Indian Institutions in different training and capacity building programmes in the areas of cotton research and development, post-harvest practices, modern extension systems, Farmer Field Schools, development of textile & apparel industry etc. The participants included high level relevant Government officials, research scientists, extension officials, industry representatives from ginning and downstream industry etc. The following activities being implemented under the programme have resulted in creation of infrastructure and knowledge base and would help the beneficiary countries in moving up the value chain and realizing better returns for the farmers and people of the country:
The Programme has been very well received and appreciated by all the participating countries.
Name, Designations and other particulars of the CPIO in respect of FT (Africa Division may be changed under Section 4 of RTI - Act (Mandatory Disclosures) :
Ms. Himani Sarad, Deputy Secretary, Room No. 280 New Delhi-110107 Tel No. 23062863/510
As on. 16th November, 2015.
(i) India-SACU Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) negotiations The Southern African Custom Union (SACU) is the oldest Customs Union in the world established in 1910 & consists of a group of 5 countries, namely, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa. Five rounds of negotiations have been held so far. The first round of negotiations was held in Pretoria on October 5th-6th, 2007 and the 5th round of negotiations was held in New Delhi from 7th to 8th October, 2010. The two sides exchanged their respective ‘Tariff Preference Request Lists’ at the Indian High Commission in Namibia. The 6th round of negotiations on India SACU-PTA is to be held in Namibia.
(ii) India- COMESA (Common Market for East and Southern Africa) Preferential Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and COMESA. Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is Africa’s largest economic community comprising of 19 member states namely Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A Joint Study Group (JSG) has been set up to examine the feasibility of a FTA between India and COMESA. The 1st meeting of the India-COMESA JSG was held in Lusaka from 30-31st July, 2012. It was decided during the 1st meeting of the JSG that India – COMESA will JSG will produce a joint report containing its recommendations for consideration of the Government of India and COMESA Secretariat. COMESA side gave its concurrence to the structure of the JSG Report proposed by the Indian side and Secretary General COMESA requested to initiate a draft of the JSG Report which will be subsequently examined by the COMESA Members. Research and Information System for Developing countries (RIS) was selected as the agency / knowledge partner for conducting a study and for working on the report of the JSG on the Indian side. The next meeting of the JSG is to be scheduled.
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