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About The Conclave

The CII- EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership was launched in the year 2005 with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

Over the last sixteen editions, the Conclave has played a pivotal role in encouraging Indian companies to establish and grow their footprints in Africa. The level of economic engagement between India and Africa have grown multi-dimensional and to reflect the changing contours of this dynamic relationship, the Conclave is being rechristened as “CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Growth Partnership” expanding the earlier focus on “Project Partnership”. The upcoming edition will focus on project exports, trade, investments, exchange of knowledge and expertise creating shared value for business and industry at large between India and Africa

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 Africa partnerships would be designed.


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.

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
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, Republic of Guinea
The progress of the world hinges on the progress of the Global South. In this light, India would be redoubling the initiatives to deepen the partnership with Africa.

Dr. S Jaishankar
Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
Time has come for India and Africa to push the envelope and take the partnership to the “next level” based on mutual benefits. CEPCA could be the precursor to FTAs that India would look to sign with several other African countries.

Shri Piyush Goyal
Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways Government of India
India - Africa partnership should be buoyed by greater investments and infrastructure development in Africa, and cross-fertilisation of knowledge, skills and competencies.

Dr C G D N Chiwenga
Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Republic of Zimbabwe


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 of Republic of Malawi

HE Mr Edward Ssekandi

Vice President of Republic of Uganda

Hon. Constantino Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga

Vice President of Republic of Zimbabwe

14th Conclave (March 2019)

H E Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President of Ghana

H E Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana

Prime Minister of Republic of Guinea

Honourable Monyane Moleleki

Deputy Prime Minister of Kingdom of Lesotho

15th Conclave (September 2020)

Hon. Mr. Sylvestre Ilunga

Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of Congo

Hon. Dr Mohammad Anwar Husnoo

Vice-Prime Minister of Mauritius

Hon Gen (Rtd) Dr C G D N Chiwenga

Vice President of Zimbabwe

16th Conclave (July 2021)

H.E. Mr. Slumber Tsogwane

Vice President of Republic of Botswana

H.E. Gen (Retd) Dr. C.G.D.N. Chiwenga

Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care of Republic of Zimbabwe

The Conclave has emerged as one of the largest congregation of senior ministers, policy makers and business leaders from Africa and India, cutting across sectors.

Since 2005, Conclave has:

  • Given shape to policy dialogues of the Government of India, Exim Bank and the Industry.
  • Encouraged Indian exporters to access the African Countries.
  • Provided platform for discussing more than 4430 projects.
  • Encouraged companies looking for business opportunities beyond Government of India's Lines of Credit.
  • Facilitated dialogue with other financial institutions in the African region, with competitive credit facilities to support business efforts by Indian companies.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Discussing possibilities for Indian participation on long term projects

The sixteen annual conclaves held in New Delhi from 2005 - 2019 and virtually in 2020 and 2021 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.

CII has organized 15 Regional Conclaves, in Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Cote d’ Ivoire, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Namibia, Nigeria and Egypt over last 17 years.