ADDIS ABABA (ETHIOPIA): While the West continues to project and pit India against China in Africa, India has rejected reports that it is competing with China. It has also ruled out any sort of scramble for Africa ahead of the second India-Africa Summit, which begins here on Tuesday. “Africa is a growth pole for the future. It has got its act together.
Africa has tremendous economic potential. It is a continent on the move. For us, it is an opportunity and, for the rest of the world also, it is an opportunity,” said Indian officials travelling with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Ethiopia and Tanzania.
There is a space for India and China, and it must not be seen as a scramble for Africa, official sources added. India blames the West for projecting India versus China in Africa, as western influence has diminished in the continent which it always considered its backyard. China’s trade with Africa was $2billion in 1999, but it has since soared to $110 billion annually, putting it ahead of any western trading partner.