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About The Conclave

The first CII- EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership was held in the year 2005. The initiative was launched by CII in partnership with EXIM Bank of India and with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Over the last twelve editions, it has emerged as the pioneer event in building partnerships and enhancing the economic engagement between the two regions.

The effectiveness of the CII EXIM Bank Conclave was best assessed by Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India and the then Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, in his keynote address at 5th CII EXIM Bank Conclave in 2009. Mr. Mukherjee said “the Conclave has become a prestigious event for Indian and African governments and industry to meet and explore new avenues of partnerships. The annual gathering enables the Indian and African leadership to take stock of the progress of the partnership and address future needs in this regard”.


Our connection with Africa is not new. The bonds between our countries have strengthened over the years. We are committed to building genuine partnerships that create jobs and opportunities for our peoples.

Hon’ble Mr. Pranab Mukherjee
Former President of India
Indian industry could play a key role in helping Africa’s manufacturing industries move up the value chain. Manufacturing, drugs and pharmaceuticals, and renewal energy are three vital sectors where Indian investors could make key contributions to Africa’s sustained progress.

The King Mswati-III
The Kingdom of Swaziland
Africa seeks India’s active participation in areas like agriculture, agro-processing, ICT, infrastructure, tourism, healthcare and education. African governments extend due protection to foreign investments and urged Indian investors to take advantage of the myriad business opportunities in the region.

Hon’ble Dr Ruhakana Rugunda
Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Republic of Uganda
Government of India reaffirms India’s commitment to partner Africa in the areas prioritised by the African countries in the true ‘Partners in Progress’ spirit. Stating that as India gears up to become a $5 trillion economy within the next few years, and a $10 trillion economy thereafter, the country endeavours to help Africa sustain its own economic growth momentum, as well.

Mr Suresh Prabhu
Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry;and Civil Aviation, Government of India
I acknowledge Government of India’s strident step toward opening 18 new missions in African countries, including Guinea. India’s initiatives like the Pan Africa eNetwork have truly benefitted the people of Africa. Africa offers huge opportunities for investment in areas like agriculture, infrastructure development, power and energy and road sectors, among others.

Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana
Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea

The conclave has not only set the ground for many new cross-border partnerships to take roots, but also conducted a critical evaluation of the existing collaborative arrangements on the basis of which a new roadmap for future India-Africa partnerships would be designed.


1st Conclave (March 2005)

H.E. Mr. Jean Pierre Bemba

Vice President of D R Congo

3rd Conclave (October 2006)

H.E. (Madame) Marina Barampama

Second Vice President of Burundi

4th Conclave (March 2008)

H.E. Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein

Vice President of Tanzania

5th Conclave (March 2009)

H.E. Dr. Ramakrishna Sithanen

Vice-Prime Minister & Minister of Finance
and Economic Empowerment of Mauritius

6th Conclave (March 2010)

H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama

President of Ghana

Hon. S.E.M Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prime Minister of Togo

7th Conclave (March 2011)

H.E. Mr. Aires Bonifacio Ali

Prime Minister of Mozambique

H.E. Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prime Minister of Togo

Hon. Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali

Deputy Prime Minister & Minsiter of Planing &
International Cooperation of Somalia

8th Conclave (March 2012)

H.E. Prof. Faustin Archange Touadera

Prime Minister & Head of the Government
of Central African Republic

Hon. S.E.M Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prime Minister of Togo

H.E. Mrs. Joice Mujuru

Vice President of Zimbabwe

9th Conclave (March 2013)

H.E. Dr. Guy Scott

Vice President of Zambia

H.E. Mr. Kiwanuka Ssekandi

Vice President of Uganda

H.E. Mr. Joseph N Boakai

Vice President of Liberia

H. E. Mr. Gervais Rufyikiri

Second Vice President of Burundi

H.E. Mr. Philémon Yang

Prime Minister of Cameroon

H.E. Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan

Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire

H.E. Mr. Rui Duarie Barros

Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau

10th Conclave (March 2014)

Hon. Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane

Prime Minister of Lesotho

11th Conclave (March 2016)

H.E. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur

Vice President of Ghana

H.E. James Wani Igga

Vice President of South Sudan

12th Conclave (March 2017)

His Majesty The King Mswati-III

Kingdom of Swaziland

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and
Leader of Government Business, Republic of Uganda

13th Conclave (March 2018)

H E Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima

Vice President , Republic of Malawi Malawi

H E Mr Edward Ssekandi

Vice President ,
Republic of Uganda

Hon. Constantino Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga

Vice President ,
Republic of Zimbabwe

14th Conclave (March 2019)

H E Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice PresidentGhana

H E Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana

Prime Minister
Republic of Guinea

Honourable Monyane Moleleki

Deputy Prime Minister
Kingdom of Lesotho

The increasing participation of the African nations in the CII led Conclaves and the growing relevance of the platform has given shape to policy dialogues of the Government of India, EXIM Bank and the industry. CII membership has greatly benefited from the platform and as an institution CII has shown its continuing commitment to the relationship.

The Annual CII Conclave in New Delhi is scheduled at the end of the financial year to ensure a strategic push to the agenda evolved during the year through different outbound and inbound activities of CII. Since 2005, CII has organized 14 Regional Conclaves, in Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Cote d’ Ivoire, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Namibia, and Nigeria.

The objectives that have guided the participation, deliberations and the growth process of the Conclave have evolved and grown with inputs and recommendations received at each Conclave.


  • Increasing outreach of information on Indian enterprise in the identified sectors to Africa.
  • Increasing interaction between the Indian Industry and Africa to address specific opportunities.
  • Discussing possibilities for Indian participation on long term projects.
  • Building upon the momentum gathered with the launch of the "India Africa Forum Summit" and taking ahead the actionable agenda put forward during the deliberations.
  • Initiation of programs related to capacity building, including resource mobilization for the same.

The fourteen annual conclaves held in New Delhi in the period 2005-19 have facilitated the enhancement of Indian project exports to African markets apart from strengthening ‘Brand India’ amongst the African decision makers and business leaders. A statistical review of the annual conclaves tell the story.

African Countries Participation (2005 - 2019)

Indian Delegate Participation (2005 - 2019)

Project Oppurtunities (2005 - 2019)

African Delegates Participation (2005 - 2019)

The essence of the CII Conclave has been to encourage Indian exporters to access the African countries and increase their presence in the region. A measure of success is the large participation at the event. The other measure is the number of B2B meetings that take place and the number of projects that are discussed. 4430 projects have been discussed in the past 14 editions.

This multi-pronged target of increasing trade, investment and developmental activities requires a sustained and concentrated effort. CII continuously works towards keeping up the momentum and keeping the Africa agenda on the forefront of Indian investors and exporters. The growing India-Africa economic exchanges bear testimony to the tangible benefits that has accrued from the high profile engagements at the conclaves. The India growth story has found a significantly larger following in Africa in this period, evidenced by the growing participation of key African delegates at the annual conclaves.

The Conclave has successfully been able to build a bridge between Indian and African businessmen and senior government officials, under the public - private - partnership model. The Conclave has emerged as one of the largest congregation of senior ministers, policy makers and business leaders from Africaand India,cutting across sectors.

The CII Conclave has also seen Indian companies looking for business opportunities that go beyond the Government of India lines of credit. CII has initiated dialogue with other financial institutions in the African region, with competitive credit facilities to support business effort by Indian companies .