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India played big role in Africa's capacity building: PM Narendra Modi

IANS 25 Oct 2015, 12:28:46 IST

New Delhi: A day ahead of the India-Africa Forum Summit's commencement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India "has played a big role in capacity building in Africa" and "both share several similarities".

"India and Africa have deep relations. Their population is as much as we have... Together we are one-third of the world's population," Modi said talking about the summit in his monthly radio programme " Mann Ki Baat" on Sunday.

Long time ago, even the landmass was one," he said. "India and Africa have many similarities and so many people of Indian-origin have been staying in Africa."

The prime minister said India has "played a big role in capacity building and human resource development in Africa", and several African leaders have studied in India.

The India-Africa Summit is due to be held in the national capital from October 26 to 29.