India–Africa Defence Dialogue to be held alongside every DefExpo

What is the News?

India has announced that it will hold the India-Africa Defence Dialogue alongside DefExpos once every two years.

First India-Africa Defence Dialogue

The first-ever India Africa Defence Ministers Conclave (IADMC) was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in conjunction with DefExpo in 2020.

It was co-organised by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs

A Joint Declaration, ‘Lucknow Declaration’ was adopted after the conclusion of IADMC 2020 as an outcome document.

What has India proposed now?

India has proposed to make the India-Africa Defence Dialogue a regular event by holding it along with the DefExpo military exhibition, which is held every two years.

The dialogue will help build on existing partnerships between African countries & India and will explore new areas of convergence for mutual engagements.

Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses shall be the knowledge partner of the India-Africa Defence Dialogue.

Who will host the upcoming India-Africa Defence Dialogue?

India’s Defence Minister will host the next India – Africa Defence Dialogue on the sidelines of the DefExpo that is scheduled to be held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat in March 2022. 

The broad theme of the Dialogue will be ‘India – Africa: Adopting Strategy for Synergizing and Strengthening Defence and Security Cooperation’.

Source: This post is based on the article “India–Africa Defence Dialogue to be held alongside every DefExpopublished in PIB on 13th September 2021.

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