Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates its priority for Africa, Global South

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Johannesburg, July 27: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reiterated the top priority India accords to African countries and the global South while stressing on the importance of sharing development experiences. Stating that every year 8,000 African students get scholarships to study in India, Modi said that his country now has an e-network in 48 African countries for telemedicine. He also congratulated all African nations for the important initiative of forming the African Continental Free Trade Area and welcomed the various efforts for regional economic integration in Africa. When ratified, the Agreement would be the largest free trade area in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organisation. At the same time, he said that after the financial crisis of 2008, the dark clouds of protectionism are hovering over this fundamental aspect of globalisation. (IANS)