L – R: H.E. Mr Chris Sunday Eze, High Commissioner of Nigeria to India; Mr Amar Sinha, Member, National Security Advisory Board
Ananta Centre's newest initiative, The Africa Series, has been designed as a series of discussions aimed at generating insights into the future course of India's relations with African countries. The first dialogue – New Nigeria Meets New India: Creating an Indo-African Growth Story”– was a conversation between H.E. Mr Chris Sunday Eze, High Commissioner of Nigeria to India and Mr Amar Sinha, Member, National Security Advisory Board and former Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
India and Nigeria share a common historical background, from colonial links to being pioneer members of the non-aligned movement. As Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria has historically been among India's primary economic partners and diplomatic friends in the continent. Indian investment in Nigeria passed USD 10 billion last year.
During the discussions, H.E. Mr Chris Sunday Eze and Mr Amar Sinha (Chair), explored the shared threats, growing areas of cooperation and future prospects between the two nations.
Mr. Eze described Africa as the continent of growth, linking the stability of Nigeria to the stability of the African continent. Mr Amar Sinha suggested that both countries can have increased cooperation in defence and security, particularly towards anti-piracy and anti-terrorism efforts. The session was supported by Exim Bank.