India’s ambitious Pan-Africa e-network project, linking leading universities and hospitals in India with their counterparts in 11 countries of the continent by satellite, was launched by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Thursday night.
Mukherjee inaugurated the first phase of the project that covers Burkina Faso, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles and Benin.
Mukherjee interacted with foreign ministers of the eleven African nations covered in the first phase.
The second and third phases of the network will be commissioned in the next four months.
The Pan-Africa e-network demonstrates India’s commitment to share its progress in the knowledge-sector and help bridge the digital divide in Africa.
Mukherjee said India was committed to extend all cooperation to Africa in diverse fields for its all-round development.
Africa has always enjoyed an important position in India’s foreign policy and the country will continue its assistance to the region, he said.