Windhoek (Namibia): External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, following his visit to Namibia, emphasised the significance of Project Cheetah as a powerful symbol of friendship between India and Namibia. Jaishankar highlighted the shared political struggles, the challenges of adapting to a rapidly changing world, the potential of technology, and the mutual benefits of training and shared experiences that unite both countries.
Ending his Namibia visit, the minister said that, “There is so much today that binds India and Namibia together and in many ways, perhaps an agile, fast-moving animal that is equally comfortable in both societies is an appropriate symbol of what awaits us in the future.” He further acknowledged the immense interest generated by the relocation of Namibian cheetahs to India’s Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, not only in India but also within Namibia itself.
Jaishankar’s visit to African nations, including South Africa and Namibia, took place from June 1 to June 6. India and China have been actively enhancing their engagement with African countries. While China has long been involved in Africa’s infrastructure, mining, oil, and natural gas sectors, India has focused on training, education, and capacity-building programmes, which have been warmly received by African nations.
In a significant move, the Union Cabinet recently approved the opening of 18 new Indian missions in Africa between 2018 and 2021, demonstrating India’s commitment to strengthening its relations with Africa. This decision is expected to greatly bolster India-Africa ties and pave the way for expanded cooperation and mutual benefits between the two regions.