India has discussed ways to diversify and consolidate the strategic and economic partnership with South Africa to strengthen its trade ties with the African nation.
India's Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma, who is here for a six-day visit, held discussions with South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on bilateral relation.
According to the Indian High Commission in Pretoria, the discussions between Sharma and Motlanthe covered key aspects of bilateral relations and steps being taken "to consolidate and diversify the strategic and economic partnership between the two countries".
Sharma also addressed the India Business Forum, an umbrella organisation of Indian business representatives in South Africa, and highlighted the need for Indian businesses to continue their proactive engagement in South Africa with its emphasis on ethical factors as well as job creation and skills development.
He also underlined India's commitment to further expand and diversify its trade with Africa.
The leaders also discussed cooperation at the multilateral level. In this context, Sharma briefed Motlanthe about a ministerial meeting being hosted by India in New Delhi on WTO from September to make progress on the Doha Round, said the High Commission.