India-Africa Current Affairs

3rd edition of UNPCAP held in New Delhi

The third edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP) was held in New Delhi from May 7 to 25, 2018. The course was conducted by Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping in India (CUNPK) in partnership with United States

Key Facts

UNPCAP-03 was aimed at building and enhancing capacity of the African Troop Contributing Countries to UN and to further train trainers from these countries. The students who participated in this two week course included officers who are currently employed in their respective peacekeeping training centres. These African military officers will in turn train troops in their respective countries. The first and second editions of the course were held in New Delhi in 2016 and 2017. These courses are being seen as milestone in many ways at international forum, which also reflect India.

India and UN Peacekeeping

India is the largest cumulative troop contributor to UN Peacekeeping Missions mandated to maintain stability and negotiate peace settlement in turbulent regions across the world. So far India has provided almost 200,000 troops in nearly 50 of 71 UN peacekeeping missions over past six decades, including 13 of current 16 missions.

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India donates $1 million for Swaziland’s National Disaster Management Agency

India donated US $1 million to support Swaziland’s National Disaster Management Agency as well as food grains. India also expressed commitment to developmental partnership to create local capacities Swaziland and across Africa. The commitment came after India’s President Ram Nath Kovind addressed Swaziland’s parliament, becoming first visiting Head of the State to do so. Indian President Kovind visited Swaziland on the second leg of his three-African nation tour which also included Equatorial Guinea and Zambia.

Key Takeaway from President’s visit

India will support Swaziland National Disaster Management Agency by donating US $1 million as well as food grains. India invited Swaziland to join International Solar Alliance (ISA) as partner country. India is ready to help Swaziland on issues of public health.

India will establish Centre of Agricultural Excellence in Swaziland for sharing its experience in the sector. President Kovind inaugurated IT Centre built with Indian assistance. India has offered to help in the construction of a Disaster Recovery Site for providing data backup at Swaziland’s National Data Centre.

India also announced concessional finance for constructing new parliament building in Swaziland. However, no details of the concessional finance were provided.

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