The gesture was announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of India at the just-ended Third India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi attended by heads of state and government from 51 African countries.
This year’s summit has been described as the biggest diplomatic engagement of Africa by the Modi government and is even seen as the biggest international event on Indian soil since the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Commonwealth summits in 1983.
The Indian government has already committed $7.4 billion at concessional rate to the African countries.
The $600million grant will facilitate an India-Africa Development Fund of $100million; India-Africa Health Fund of $10million and 500,000 scholarships in India for African students over the next five years.
In a 34-point declaration dubbed the ‘Delhi Declaration 2015’, India and Africa reiterated their concerns that although the two areas comprise nearly one-third of humanity today, “they continue to be excluded from appropriate representation in the institutions of global governance that were designed for an era since long past
The leaders of India and Africa, therefore, demand the institution of urgent collective action for more democratic global governance structures that will assist in more equitable and just international security and development frameworks.
The forum noted that 2015 had been a landmark year because along with other partners, the international community had “defined a set of Sustainable Development Goals as part of the broader 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly with a special emphasis on financing for development, on which the Third International Conference was hosted in Addis Ababa.”
The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance Africa-India relations in the political, economic and socio-cultural domains based on the principles of mutuality, complementarity and true sense of solidarity as well as the promotion of people interactions.