week 8

Yazan Al-Thibeh

In the article “India’s rise in Africa” by IAN TAYLOR, expresses India’s connections with the African and how both are growing rapidly due to trade.  In 2010 INDO-African trade reached $45 billion and by the year 2015 it would go beyond $75 billion. The article also states that china’s relationship to Africa is based on state-to-state deals, extractive industries and infrastructure development. However, India’s relationship extends longer than a branch. It is commercially driven, private and facilitated by the export-import bank of India and the confederation of Indian industries.  Indian interests lies in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors, and alternative energy.  Africa’s and India’s economy is expanding rapidly. India in the past, were aid recipient, now due to the economic growth they are aid donors, this is due to India’s rapid economic growth. The article also talks about the history between Africa and India, in particular of Indian commerce. Political ties, how many Indian UN peacekeepers have been mostly involved in African nations. The Indian-African institute of Information Technology in Ghana will offer courses in computer software and in consulting. The India-Africa institute of FOREIGN TRADE IN Uganda will offer BBA degrees. The India-Africa Diamond institute will be in Botswana and will be collaborated with the Indian Diamond institute will offer credited dipomas in diamond processing, assortment and grading. Indias aid shifted form poltical aid to developmental aid.This is related to last week’s article by Zeleza on how China and Africa have a perpetuated history, and how they share economic interests.  However china at a conference wanted to cancel aid and the development of roads and hospitals.

The article, “Offshore healthcare management: medical tourism between Kenya, Tanzania and India” by Renu Modi, discusses medical tourism of foreign patients from Africa, specifically, Kenya and Tanzania, to Indian hospitals. These patients go abroad to seek medical treatment that is better equipped and cheaper than their home country. This article also explores a growth in private healthcare providers in India and East Africa. India has top of the line medical infrastructure, access to visa’s, and cheaper air flight. The paper is divided into three sections, first deals with health contexts of Kenya and Tanzania, second, Indian context and why they allow

 This article relates back to the “ Bodomo and MA” article on how Africans are being accepted within their society and culture in Gungzhou to Yiwu.

 

I thought this article was very confusing. The article, “Fragile Fortunes: India’s Oil Venture into War-torn Sudan”, by Luke Patey, discusses how India’s national oil company, OVL, investment was not easy to execute and was put at risk. Patey explores how some of India’s oil investments in Sudan has been neglected due to New-Delhi’s African energy interests. Oil was associated with armed conflict in Sudan when OVL won a contract to invest in the production of oil. However, during the north-south civil war and under the leader Dr. John Garang, SPLA stated that oil companies in Sudan are military targets. Furthermore the article, stresses on the political challenges with India. With the support of the Sudanese government, India had agreed to put UN peacekeepers and troops. Many of the rebels threatened the Oil Company and workers due to loosing benefits of the oil company. OVL had many obstacles in India and Sudan. Political interest in New-Delhi wanted OVL to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase Talisman in Sudan. In March of 2003 India, OVL, purchased Talisman in the GNPOC concision. However if armed conflicted arose the investment would of gone south.

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