By Staff Writers

Maseru, Oct 2 (The Night’s Watch) – The Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to visit Lesotho, Comoros and Sierra Leone from October 10 to 16, India’s WION (World Is One News) reported on Tuesday.

The visit was first announced by the High Commissioner of India to Lesotho and South Africa, Ruchira Kamboj, in an interview with the Sunday Express in February.

Kamboj told the Sunday Express then that Naidu would lead a high-powered delegation which would also tour South Africa but did not specify the dates for the said tour.

The Night’s Watch can report now that Naidu is headed to Lesotho this month.

Since 2015, there have been 29 outgoing visits by the troika of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President and Prime Minister Modi to Africa.

Also, New Delhi has hosted over 35 leaders from Africa.

Every single African country has been visited at least by an Indian minister in the past four years.

His Majesty King Letsie III along with his family visited India on a private visit from December 27, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

In 2017, 500 metric tonnes of rice were formally donated by India to Lesotho as a gesture of goodwill to mitigate the devastating effect of food shortages caused by famine.

After South Asia, Africa has been the largest recipient of Indian overseas assistance.

181 lines of credit have been extended to 41 countries for a total amount of over 11 billion dollars. 

India has undertaken power projects and dams in Sudan and Rwanda, water treatment in Tanzania, sugar factories in Ethiopia and IT Parks in Mozambique and Swaziland.

New Delhi has also set up seven Vocational Training Centres and six Information Technology Centers in Africa. NW

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