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India pledges US$600m to help Africa

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced US$600 million in assistance for development projects in Africa at a major summit in Delhi.

Although India's trade with Africa has more than doubled to US$72 billion, since 2007, it is still comparatively small.

More than 50 African leaders are attending the India-Africa Forum Summit, unprecedented in scale, in the Indian capital.

The meeting is being seen as an attempt by India to improve ties with Africa.

Reports say the summit represents the highest number of foreign dignitaries to descend on India since 1983 and is thought to be the biggest ever overseas gathering of African leaders.