Shri Narendra Modi
Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Foreign Trade (Africa)
Functions of the Division

The Division deals with Sub-Saharan African Region (Eastern, Western, Central and Southern) comprising 48 countries regarding trade promotion, policy, negotiations for FTA/PTA & other related activities.

Officers in the Division

The Officers in Africa Division are:

Dr. Srikar K.ReddyJoint Secretary
Ms. Padma Ganesh Deputy Secretary
Shri Ganesh KumarUnder Secretary
Smt. Asha Kiran VermaSection Officer
  • Room No : 476-A, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23062261/553 (extn.)
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Bilateral Trade Statistics
Year 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 CAGR(5 Years)
INDIA’S EXPORT 20.44 18.72 20.02 22.65 23.55 3.60%
INDIA’S IMPORT 28.77 25.91 33.76 35.4 32.15 2.81%
TOTAL TRADE 49.21 44.63 53.78 58.05 55.7 3.14%
TRADE BALANCE -8.33 -7.19 -13.74 -12.75 -8.6

Click here for the Bilateral Trade Figures for the last two years (i.e. 2018-19 & 2019-20) in respect of 48 countries of Sub Saharan Africa region.

Trade Agreements and Negotiations
India-SACU Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) negotiations

The Southern African Custom Union (SACU) is the oldest Customs Union in the world established in 1910 and consists five countries, namely, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland (Eswatini) and South Africa. Five rounds of negotiations have been held so far. The first round of negotiations was held in Pretoria during 5th -6th October, 2007 and the 5th round of negotiations was held in New Delhi during 7th -8th October, 2010. The two sides exchanged their respective ‘Tariff Preference request Lists’ at the Indian High Commission in Namibia. A virtual meeting was held on15th July,2020 under the Co-chairpersonship of Joint Secretary (Africa),Department of Commerce and his counterpart Ambassador and Executive Director, Ministry of Industrialization and Trade in Republic of Namibia on behalf of SACU to revive the negotiations on PTA between India and SACU. Both sides agreed that last negotiations was held before 10 years back and modalities were also agreed in the year 2007 may not be good for discussions to go forward. Both sides agreed to exchange the tariff request list, exchange of new request list, considering the revised modalities by the end of November, 2020.

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 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 on 30-31st July, 2012.It was decided during the 1st meeting of the JSG that the India-COMESA JSG will produce a joint report, containing its recommendations for consideration of the Government of India and the 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.

Trade Promotion Activities

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 NewDelhi in March 2012.

Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) was launched for the cotton sector in selected 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 implemented under the programme has resulted in creation of infrastructures 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:

  • Skill schools in Nigeria and Malawi provide skilled/trained manpower for the industry
  • Bio Pesticide Lab in Uganda promote organic cotton
  • Knowledge Cluster in Benin to demonstrate post-harvest technology/industry
  • ICT based Pest & Disease Surveillance system in Malawi on Pilot basis

The Programme has been very well received and appreciated by all the participating countries.

During the India-Africa Forum summit (IAFS-III) held in 2015, it was decided to continue the CTAP in the above mentioned seven countries i.e Benin, Burkuina Faso, Chad, Mali(Mali was dropped on the advice of MEA)Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda, as well as expand this programme to four more countries namely Ghana, Togo, Tanzania and Zambia in Phase -II. The project is to be implemented by Department of Commerce in 5 years timewith a total estimated budget of INR. 173 crore. Phase-II of Cotton TAP will be implemented by Programme Management Agency appointed by MEA.

Consequently, during the Partners’ Conference organized as part of the inaugural of World Cotton Day celebrated by World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 7th October, 2019 at Geneva, Govt. of India announced the launch of the second phase of the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme.It was emphasized that in the second phase, the programme will be scaled up to cover 5 additional African countries, making a total of 11 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda,Ghana, Togo, Tanzania and Zambia) over a five-year period. The focus in Cotton TAP-II, would be on increasing cotton production, improving the post-harvest and plant by-products industry in the participating countries, as well as building the capacity of the cotton-based textile sector.

First Steering Committee of Phase-II of C-TAP has prepared the action plan which is to be implemented accordingly. Virtual meetings are being held with the Indian Missions of the concerned countries to implement it.

Mandatory disclosures under RTI Act

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. Padma Ganesh Deputy Secretary