The first CII- EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership was held in the year 2005. The initiative was launched by CII in partnership with EXIM Bank of India and with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Over the last fifteen editions, it has emerged as the pioneer event in building partnerships and enhancing the economic engagement between the two regions.
The effectiveness of the CII EXIM Bank Conclave was best assessed by Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India and the then Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, in his keynote address at 5th CII EXIM Bank Conclave in 2009. Mr. Mukherjee said “the Conclave has become a prestigious event for Indian and African governments and industry to meet and explore new avenues of partnerships. The annual gathering enables the Indian and African leadership to take stock of the progress of the partnership and address future needs in this regard”.
The conclave has not only set the ground for many new cross-border partnerships to take roots, but also conducted a critical evaluation of the existing collaborative arrangements on the basis of which a new roadmap for future Africa partnerships would be designed.