Gandhinagar, May 23: India and Africa both belong to 21st century, should shape their future together, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
In the 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank ,Jaitley said India is brighting amongst the major economies, Africa too has done well over the past few years.
“I stand here with conviction that the 21st century would not be Asia’s alone but would belong to both Asia and Africa,” he said.
Jaitley added that the African continent economy was grew by 2.2 per cent in 2016 and was expected to grow by 3.4 per cent in 2017.
“Africa is approaching an exciting time. India and Africa should navigate through this journey together and shape their common future,” Jaitley said.
He added that India helps in Africa’s development and it was reflected in “continued high-level political engagement.”
“It is no coincidence that our Prime Minister, President and Vice President have together visited 16 African countries in the past.
“There isn’t a single African country which has not been visited by one of my cabinet colleagues,” the Finance Minister added.