Manmohan Singh reminds the world not to forget Africa in the race for development

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Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt), July 15 (ANI): India today reminded the world that in decision-making bodies, in global economic processes and political emancipation of nations, nobody should forget that Africa is lagging behind.

Speaking on the first day of the XVth Non-Aligned Movement Summit here, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said: "Nowhere are the challenges that humankind faces more pressing than in the continent of Africa. NAM should work to give Africa's problems and equally its prospects, preeminence in the global development agenda."

Many African nations have looked upon India to voice their concerns in the global polity, and the Non-Aligned Nations platform has been one such forum.

"Making Africa an active participant in global economic processes is a moral imperative", he said. And like a marketing guru, throwing a bait, he added: "It also makes good economic sense." r. Singh also spoke about India's role in furthering the African continent's concerns about being neglected by International bodies.

He said: "India is committed to develop a comprehensive partnership with Africa. As a first step, we held the first India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi in 2008. We are ready to work with other NAM countries to enhance our partnership in areas that are of priority to Africa." By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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