• Connect Africa(May 9 , 2015) New Delhi:

• Connect Africa was organized to create new avenues and opportunities for young entrepreneurs from India and African nations. Both are similar economies in terms of investment and growth potential.

• The function started with a video message delivered by Honorable Gen. (Dr.) V. K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India. He was scheduled to personally attend and address the gathering. He had shown keen interest in participating and encouraged the Chamber on this initiative.

• All Ambassadors of African nations, along with their colleagues, in New Delhi were invited for this event. They were present in large number and showed keen interest to hold a discussion on strengthening economic and business relations, by enabling young entrepreneurs.

• The program started with a welcome address by Mr. B.R. Saini, President of BRICS CCI.

• Reiterating on the importance of helping developing nations from Africa to accelerate its growth and development Dr, B.B.L. Madhukar, Secretary General of BRICS CCI said in his address, “Africa is a sunrise continent for investment. Recently India has been attracting lot of global investment interest as well. In this scenario, BRICS CCI will dedicatedly extend all the support to developing nations from Africa to facilitate their growth and development. We are delighted to announce that the Centre for Arbitration that was set up in March 2015 will provide cost free legal advice to developing countries that strive to set-up their businesses in India.”

• Mr. Naveen Coomar, Honorary Advisor, BRICS CCI further added, “Africa is a growing economy like India and any model of growth that has been helpful to India would be relevant for Africa as well. We should collaborate and explore the possibility of creating sustainable growth models for developing economies. BRICS CCI promises to create an enabling environment for such countries that would promote ease of doing business in the country.”
• The event witnessed discussions on Africa’s priority of expanding business in India and their expectations from BRICS CCI.

• His Excellency the Ambassador of Burkina Faso was the Guest of Honor. At the end of the event a formal farewell was also announced for him.

• The Dean of Africa and her Excellency the Ambassador of Ethiopia, Dr. Gennet Zeeide also shared their thoughts on opportunities in working with the chamber and encouraged members of African nations to share their priorities and concerns at such forums and find collaborative solutions. They were very positive on growing economic relations amongst participating nations from Africa.

• It was decided that separate deliberations with individual nations will be carried out to fully utilize the potential of such associations.

• Mr. Suresh Goel, IFS and Former Ambassador to Africa also shared his experience of working with African nations and highlighted the potential that exists.

• Mrs. Saloni Wahi, from CMA Investment Holdings that has business interests in several African nations
including Forbes Africa, also spoke and shared her perspective on opportunities.