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Vice President Naidu's three-nation visit to Africa concludes

Press Trust of India  |  Lilongwe 

Vice who was on a six-day three-nation visit to concluded his tour in on Monday and enplaned for

Naidu, accompanied by a high-level delegation, including for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, embarked on his tour from October 31 that aimed at deepening India's strategic cooperation with Botswana, and

On the first leg of his tour, the Vice visited Botswana's capital Gabarone and inaugurated the Global Expo 2018, which saw a participation of 25 Indian companies and business houses covering a range of sectors.

also met and his deputy

He also interacted with the approximately 7,000-member strong Indian community in

From Bostwana, arrived Zimbabwean capital on November 2. He was the the first high-ranking to visit the country in 21 years.

Former H D Deve Gowda had visited in 1996.

During Naidu's visit, and signed six signed agreements in the fields of mining, Information and (ICT), visa waiver, traditional medicine, broadcasting and art and culture.

also announced that it would extend a USD 310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for Hwange thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan.

Hwange is Zimbabwe's second biggest power plant with an installed capacity of 920 MW.

Naidu also met Zimbabwe President and his deputy

He also addressed members of the Indian community in Zimbabwe.

According to Indian Embassy in Harare, there are about 9,000 Zimbabweans of Indian origin, who are predominantly from the province of

The expatriate Indian community in Zimbabwe is very small numbering around 500 members. Some of them are on long term business or work permits, while most are professionals engaged in IT, accountancy and sector.

Naidu reached on Sunday in the last leg of his visit.

During the visit, announced to extend a new line of credit of USD 215.16 million for 18 water projects in the landlocked African nation.

The two sides also signed three MoUs on extradition, cooperation in and visa waiver as Naidu met Malawian President in the country's capital

The also met the Indian community here.

According to the Indian Embassy here, there are about 8,500 Malawians of Indian origin who predominantly originated from and are concentrated in major cities like Lilongwe, Blantyre, Limbe, and

The number of Indian nationals (NRIs) in the African country at present is about 2,500. Most of them hail from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, and They are primarily engaged in trading, agriculture and agro business, pharmaceutical and hospitality.

member V Muraleedharan and Lok were also part of the delegation accompanying Naidu.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 23:50 IST