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India and Africa Must Strive Together for Decentralised Globalisation: Jaishankar

International Desk
|  16 Jun 2021, 17:51
India and Africa Must Strive Together for Decentralised Globalisation: Jaishankar
Noting that the vulnerable gets “short changed" when supply chains are disrupted, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said that India and Africa must strive together for “decentralised globalisation" to enhance capacities and overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the inauguration of the renovated Mahatma Gandi Memorial Library in the prestigious university of Nirobi, he stated this in his speech. He went to Kenya on a threed days visit with a notion to strengthen India’s relations with the major East African country.

He said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought home the dangers of relying on “limited geographies".

“When supply chains are disrupted and demand outstrips supply, the more vulnerable will inevitably get short changed. Africa cannot afford that to continue. And this goes against the very spirit of South-South cooperation. The direct lesson from the pandemic is the need today, pressing need I would say, for decentralized globalization," he said. “India and Africa must strive together for decentralized globalization," Jaishankar said in a tweet.

“First and foremost in that context is our thinking on globalization. There is no doubt that the world is much more interlinked and inter-dependent. But it should not be that globalization should apply only to resourse and markets, while production centres remain concentrated in the hands of a few,” he further said.

Jaishankar said that health and food security have become far more central which makes a compelling case for enhancing capacities in Africa. “And that would only happen when partnerships genuinely aimed at Africa’s welfare deliver more extensively on development projects. Indeed, development itself will only unfold when it is based on deeper capacities," Jaishankar said, adding, “we have seen the powerful impact of collaborations that can make this happen." .

 Source: News18

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