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 eleven 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, 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”.

The conclave 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.

Participation of Political Leadership from Africa

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
Vice Presidents of Ghana
Hon. 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
Honorable 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
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

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 13 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.

Promoting Partnerships At 3 Levels

  • 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.
  • Initiation of programs related to capacity building, including resource mobilization for the same.
  • 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.

The essence of the CII Conclave has been to encourage Indian exporters to access theAfrican countries and increase their presence in the region. Ameasure of success is the increasing participation level at the event. The other measure is the number of MOUs that are signed and the value of projects that are discussed. 2534 projects worth USD 256.63 billion have been discussed in the 10 past editions.

This multi-pronged target of increasing trade, investment and developmental activities requires a sustained and concentrated effort. The effort from CII has been to keep up the momentum and keep 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 inAfrica in this period, evidenced by the growing participation of keyAfrican delegates at the annual conclaves.

A Statistical Snapshot

The eleven annual conclaves held in New Delhi in the period 2005-16 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.





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 Africa and 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.

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