This paper concentrates on India’s relations with West Africa. It places these relations in a wide historical context and traces their evolution to the present day, focusing on the trade and economic framework that forms the core of this burgeoning relationship. It examines the importance of the region for India’s energy needs and analyses other factors of India’s current policy. Lastly, it compares the role of India in West Africa with that of the other Asian giant, China, and defines the contours of a broad roadmap with which India can engage the region in globally relevant terms.
- Publication year: 2007
- Publication type: Brief
- Form of cooperation: Comprehensive (Lines of credit, grants and loans, and technical assistance).
- Cooperation context: Multilateral (West Africa)
- Region (country): Africa
- Sector: Multisectoral; rrade; energy
- Institution (publication): Chatham House
- Author (and co-authors): Sushant K. Singh
- Keywords: South-South cooperation; West Africa; economic diplomacy; energy sector; China in West Africa; relationship evolution
- Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/public/Research/Africa/bpindiawestafrica0407.pdf