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Centre for Global Business Studies and CMAI Association of India organized 2nd Conclave on AFRO - ASIAN Countries on 19th July 2014 at Gujarat Technological University, Chandkheda.

India's Policy towards SAARC and Asia: Brief Report by Dr. Rajesh Khajuria, Chairman, GCSR Committee, Gujarat Technological University, and Director, SMJV's CKSV Institute of Management, Vadodara

Speaker: Dr K H Patel, Former Indian High Commissioner to African Nations and Advisor and Member, GCSR Committee, Gujarat Technological University, India.

Snapshot:

Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, in his installation ceremony as India's 14th Prime Minister, invited Heads of Governments of Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan,

Indian Diaspora has a large presence in Asian countries. These are rich Indians. Therefore these countries are interested in maintaining good relations with India.

In the Middle-East, Indian workers are working in a large number. India depends on these countries for Oil and Gas, and imports this energy sources in India. Therefore these countries are also interested in maintaining good relations with India.

China is a large and strong country, and in past India had some conflicts with reference to Boarder issues. China's trade (export-import) with India has reached 80 billion dollars, and soon it will reach 100 billion dollar mark.

Pakistan did have some problems with India, but it is a strategic neighbour for India. Government of India is interested in maintaining good relations with these two countries, China and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narndra Modi recently went to Brazil and addressed BRICS Nations' Heads (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). A BRICS BANK with initial capital of USD 50 billion is proposed to be established in China, in which the first Chairman shall be from INDIA.

Africa has close ties with India as many Indians settled there for over 100 years. Many of African Presidents, Ministers and People are educated and trained in India.

43 countries out of 53 countries in Africa have benefited from Telemedicines network offered  by India.  Indian films are playing well in Africa, similarly African culture is popular in India.

Thank you!

Dr. Rajesh Khajuria