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India’s Evolving Partnerships with Africa and the China Factor
April 18, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
W. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development; Lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy; Former Minister of Public Works, Liberia
Hannah Ryder, CEO, Development Reimagined; Senior Associate, Africa Program of the Center for Strategic International Studies
Anthea Mulakala, Senior Director for International Development Cooperation, The Asia Foundation
Philani Mthembu, Executive Director at the Institute for Global Dialogue
Veda Vaidyanathan, Associate, Harvard University Asia Center; Visiting Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi
India’s contemporary relationships with countries in Africa are being reimagined at a time when China’s multi-dimensional engagement with the region has deepened significantly. There is a need to examine these developments from diverse, cross-sectoral perspectives and go beyond the linear narratives. This panel discussion will span from markets to geopolitics, synthesizing them within the comparative India-China framework. Speakers on the panel will draw from their rich experience of advising African governments, Chinese and African investors to provide specific takeaways on African market dynamics and possible socio-political and economic futures of value to Indian policymakers, businesses, and researchers. Additionally, they will contrast the engagement of both Asian countries in Africa, discussing the strategic, technological, and cultural drivers, highlighting the strengths and fault lines in the relationships. The panelists will also explore India’s evolving place in the foreign policy formulations of African countries and look at the expanse of the emerging opportunities for building sustainable partnerships.