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.Reddy | Joint Secretary
  • Room No : 247, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23061664
  • Email : srikar[dot]reddy[at]gov[dot]in
Ms. Padma Ganesh | Deputy Secretary
  • Room No : 223 B, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23062262
  • Email : p[dot]ganesh15[at]gov[dot]in
Shri Ganesh Kumar | Under Secretary
  • Room No : 347, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23061545/123 (extn)
  • Email : gkumar[dot]rgi[at]gov[dot]in
Smt. Asha Kiran Verma | Section Officer
  • Room No : 476-A, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23062261/553 (extn.)
  • Email : moc_ftaf[at]nic[dot]in
Bilateral Trade between India and Sub-Saharan Africa
Value in USD Billion
Year 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 CAGR(5 Years)
INDIA’S EXPORT 18.72 20.02 22.65 23.55 22.93 5.20%
INDIA’S IMPORT 25.91 33.76 35.40 32.15 23.89 -2.00%
TOTAL TRADE 44.63 53.79 58.05 55.70 46.82 1.20%
TRADE BALANCE -7.19 -13.73  -12.75 -8.6 -0.96

Click here for the Bilateral Trade Figures for the last two years (i.e. 2019-20 & 2020-21) in respect of 48 countries of Sub Saharan Africa region.

Trade Agreements and Negotiations
India and Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA)

The Southern African Custom Union (SACU) is the oldest Customs Union in the world established in 1910 consisting of a group 5 countries namely Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa. Five rounds of negotiations have been held so far between 2007 – 2010. A virtual Senior Official Meeting was held on 15th July 2020. Both sides agreed for early resumption of the negotiations on PTA between India and SACU. Both sides also agreed on the time lines for exchange of trade and tariff data, and submission of revised modalities for PTA negotiations. Further action is in progress accordingly.

India and Mauritius signed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA)

India and Mauritius signed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) on 22nd February, 2021, which entered into force on 01 April 2021.

The CECPA is the first trade Agreement signed by India with a country in Africa. The Agreement is a limited agreement, which will cover Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin, Trade in Services, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, Dispute Settlement, Movement of Natural Persons, Telecom, Financial services, Customs Procedures and Cooperation in other Areas.

The India-Mauritius CECPA provides for an institutional mechanism to encourage and improve trade between the two countries. The CECPA between India and Mauritius covers 310 export items for India. As regards trade in services, Indian service providers will have access to around 115 subsectors from the 11 broad service sectors.

Trade Promotion Activities

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, Government of India announced the launch of the second phase of C-TAP, scaling up the Programme to cover 5 additional African countries, making a total of 11 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Togo, Tanzania and Zambia in,) over a five – year period. Focus of Cotton TAP – II is for increasing cotton production and 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.

The activities relating to the implementation were affected due to Covid. Action for carrying forward the activities under the programme are underway now.

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
  • Room No : 223 B, Udyog Bhawan
  •  Tel : 011-23062262
  • Email : p[dot]ganesh15[at]gov[dot]in