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Indian Africa Field Training Exercise

Indian Africa Field Training Exercise (IAFTX) will be held at Aundh Military Station and College of Military Engineering, Pune from 18 March to 27 March 2019.

The modalities for the IAFTEX were discussed in the conference held between 23-24 January 2019. The conference saw attendance from delegates of Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Uganda, Niger and Zambia.

Features of the IAFTX

The important features of the IAFTX are:

  • IAFTX joint exercise is being conducted between India and a dozen African Countries.
  • The joint exercise aims at synergising humanitarian mine action and joint peace operations.
  • The joint exercise is a step forward towards growing political and military ties with the member nations of the African continent and will boost the already strong strategic cooperation between the countries.
  • The joint exercise will see participation from Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Uganda.
  • The exercise is being conducted with an aim to synergise United Nations peacekeeping operations.
  • The exercise will aid in forging better military ties and extending India’s outreach in Africa.

Also, it is expected that Army Chief General Bipin Rawat along with senior officers from participating nations would attend the validation ceremony once the exercise is concluded.

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Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba wins Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership 2014

Hifikepunye Pohamba, outgoing Namibian President has won the world’s most valuable individual award- Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership for year 2014.

About Hifikepunye Pohamba

  • Pohamba was born in 1935 in Namibia and was a former rebel who fought for his country’s independence.
  • He has served as Namibian President two terms. For first time he was elected in 2004 and again in 2009.
  • Now, he is due to be succeeded by elected President Hage Geingob.

About Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership

  • This prize is given each year to an elected leader who has governed well, raised living standards and then left office.
  • It is named after Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist who had made billions of fortune from investing in Africa.
  • Mo Ibrahim had launched this prize in 2007 to encourage African leaders to leave power peacefully.
  • It is the world’s most valuable individual award and carries monetary award of 5 million dollar and also $ 200,000 a year for life.
  • The inaugural prize was awarded to Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique.

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