India takes convention centre route to Africa

NEW DELHI: India has for the first time embarked on a unique initiative to build convention centres across 21 African countries, an exercise that was hitherto considered a success story for China.

Beginning with Niger in western Africa, India is on a mission mode to set up a convention centre enabling Niamey (capital city) to host the African Union Summit in 2019.

Unlike the model followed by Africa’s other partners (read China), India’s initiative is demand driven, upon request from its partners in continent, said persons familiar with the process.

Convention centres will also be set up on a priority basis in eight other African nations — Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Togo, Gabon and Liberia upon their request, ET has learnt. This will be followed by such grand centres…

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