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Vol 3 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2009

New men for a new push

A new team of Africa policymakers in Delhi is helping companies and banks to expand their investments on the continent

The second iteration of India's Congress Party-led federal coalition has augmented its diplomatic, strategic and commercial thrust into Africa in pursuit of hydrocarbons, minerals, agricultural land and markets. By selecting Shashi Tharoor as junior foreign minister in charge of Africa in May, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hopes to exploit his contacts and experience as a former UN official who has interacted closely with African states for many years on refugee issues and peacekeeping operations.

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