Conference of army chiefs of India and African countries
The inaugural joint conference between the Indian and African army chiefs is scheduled to take place in Pune, with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh as the guest of honor and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pandey in attendance. This marks the first-ever conference of its kind between these nations, with 10 army chiefs and 31 representatives from African countries in attendance. Additionally, an exhibition under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative will be held to showcase defense products and target the African market.
About African continent
African continent is the second largest continent (after Asia), covering about one-fifth of the total land surface of Earth. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Mediterranean Sea in the north, the Red Sea and Indian Ocean in the east, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the south. The island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is one of the largest islands in the world. The African continent has a population of over one billion, with a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion, making it a huge potential market. Africa is a resource-rich continent rich in crude oil, gas, pulses and lentils, leather, gold and other metals, all of which are lacking in substantial quantities in India.
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