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 DefExpo” published in PIB on 13th September 2021.