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India launches new digital bridge with Africa

IANS  |  New Delhi 

As part of India's reachout to Africa, the on Monday signed an agreement with the Ltd. (TCIL) to establish a pan-African between the two nations.

"This project, called the e-VidyaBharati and e-ArogyaBharati Network Project, will serve as yet another bridge - a digital bridge - between our countries, shrinking the distance between and even more," said at the signing ceremony.

She said that the the Project "is a clear effort by to reach out to in the critical areas of education and health".

"This aims at providing quality tele-education and tele-medicine facility by linking select Indian Universities, Institutions and Super Specialty Hospitals to African educational institutions and hospitals," the said.

Stating that the earlier avatar of this project was operated on and covered 48 African countries, said that it has now been decided to establish two separate - one each for tele-education and tele-medicine.

"This would significantly increase the ease of access for students, doctors etc. who are the intended beneficiaries of this project," she said.

Reiterating the importance of in India's foreign policy priorities, the pointed out that in the last four years, there have been 26 visits to African countries at the level of President, Vice and apart from several other Ministerial visits.

"It has been decided to significantly enhance our diplomatic presence in Africa with the opening of 18 new resident missions over the coming four years," she said.

She also referred to Narendra Modi's 10 guiding principles of India's engagement with Africa during his address to the in July and said: "Our development partnership will be guided by African priorities, so that it liberates African potential and not constrain their future.

"We will rely on African talent and skills and build local capacity and create local opportunities. We will keep our markets open and make it attractive to trade with India."

also said that the Indian industry will be supported for investing in Africa.

India is also a leading development aid partner of African countries and this includes implementation of 180 lines of credit worth about $11 billion in over 40 African countries.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 15:16 IST