The Magic of Bollywood and Nollywood

Indian film industry, also famously known as Bollywood, is now going to join hands with Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, to endorse economic growth in both countries. India’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Kaisar Alam shared the news.
Bollywood will support Nigeria’s show business in attainment of monetary benefits that could assist in boosting the GDP of Nigeria. There are plans to exchange programme and shows which can reap mutual benefits.
“Indian films are very popular in several countries like Russia, China, and Indonesia; and even in Nigeria. The film industry contributes significantly to the GDP of India. I understand that Nollywood also contributes significantly to the GDP of Nigeria,” Mr. Alam said.
India is the second largest producer of films after Hollywood. With more than 100 years’ experience, Bollywood can assist Nollywood in producing quality content that will help generate revenue.

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South Africa: Best investments for doubling your money

Better known as the ‘Powerhouse’ of the African continent, South Africa is budding as one of the most subtle and promising markets of the world. A Minister from South Africa stated, “Those who invest in South Africa never go wrong, they double their investments. I give people the example of the Tatas.” Worth to mention, South Africa was the spotlight country at the India International Trade Fair (IIFT) 2013 and was focused enormously for the second time consecutively. H.E. Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa who visited Delhi to attend IIFT 2013 expressed, “Tatas are everywhere in South Africa. They’re doing so well, opening new outlets and growing their footprint.” She added, “The Indian companies doing business in South Africa testify how easy it is to set up and then do business. We provide a variety of incentives to companies.” Realizing that it is not a one-way street, a visiting minister articulated, “India is a good market for our crafts because we have a lot in common, our tribals, huge social variety, and arts and crafts tradition.” To get mutually benefited, the Minister encouraged huge investments from India as well as South African investments into India in order to gain experience and learn from each other’s expertise. She pointed out, “Our Embassies are doing their best to encourage investments in South Africa, also so that there is benefaction and value addition. With our raw material resources it makes more sense to do value addition in South Africa and then export. If you just take the raw materials, it creates jobs in their country, not in South Africa.”

According to her, the extensive support forwarded by India for the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and the visit of Mahatma Gandhi that transformed the shape of the country laid the foundation stone of the bilateral relations between both the countries. She conveyed, “We’re just not countries that happen to be together, there is a foundation. India has persistently supported our struggle against apartheid. The Mahatma’s political career started in South Africa. In all this there is a foundation of a deep and abiding relationship. Beginning with such a base, our relations have developed newer forms and linkages like IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). We’re honored to be the focus country for two successive IIFTs. This emanates from a good relationship.”;

Well supported by the country’s Department of Trade and industry (DTI) in terms of finance and operations, nearly 35 South African craft micro-firms owned a stall in IIFT 2013. She said, “Arts and crafts have proven internationally as something to be promoted, there is worldwide support for it. Besides, it also supports the rural economy; so we encourage that.”

50th Anniversary of Kenya’s Independence

A thrilling party was thrown at The Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi on the occasion of Kenya National Day by H.E. Mrs. Florence Weche, High Commissioner, Kenya on December 12, 2013. The presence of Hon’ble Chief Guest Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development made the celebration more gracious. National Anthem of both the countries was performed to honor and pay a tribute to both the nations. Ambassadors of African countries, leading corporates, and diplomats were the eminent guests of the evening. The evening was followed by cultural dances, dinner and drinks.

A thrilling party was thrown at The Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi on the occasion of Kenya National Day by H.E. Mrs. Florence Weche, High Commissioner, Kenya on December 12, 2013. The presence of Hon’ble Chief Guest Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development made the celebration more gracious. National Anthem of both the countries was performed to honor and pay a tribute to both the nations. Ambassadors of African countries, leading corporates, and diplomats were the eminent guests of the evening. The evening was followed by cultural dances, dinner and drinks.

Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) Annual Seminar

Fertiliser Association of India

Fertiliser Association of India organized a three-day Annual Seminar 2013 from December 11-12, 2013 focussing on various problems, challenges and developments in the fertiliser industry. Hon’ble Chairman, Shri R.G. Rajan, Co-Chairman, Shri S.S. Nandurdikar and Shri Rakesh Kapur, Director General, Shri Satish Chander and Director, Shri E.R. Raj Narayanan were present to enlighten the media with the on-going phases of the industry. Shri Sharad Pawar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Government of India was the Chief Guest accompanied by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Shri Shrikant Kumar Jena Ji. 

Honoring Indian Diaspora Contributions with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

An event reflecting and appreciating the outstanding contributions of the Indian Diaspora, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is in its full swing to create a consciousness of Global Indian family in its 12th Edition from 7th to 9th January 2014 in New Delhi. Various sessions and programmes will be held during the three day event entailing meetings, conferences over major issues like the problems faced by Indian Diaspora and the key investment opportunities accessible in India in diverse areas.

THE TIMES OF AFRICA as Reporting Partner would be actively participating in the prompting event highlighting it as a Special report in the Jan-Feb’14 issue. It is our sincere endeavor to bring into limelight the event’s earnest rationale and spread extensive awareness on the same.

The inauguration ceremony of the flagship event will be done by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 8th January and the valedictory address will be delievered by the Hon’ble President of India on 9th January.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas pays a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi who returned to India from South Africa on 9th January, 1915 and changed the lives of Indian people thereafter. The event takes place on the same date every year to mark its utmost importance. Moving on the path and guidelines of the father of nation, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs organizes this imperative event aspiring to offer a special advantage to the overseas Indian Community by providing an attractive platform where they get a bright opportunity to interact with government officials and other high dignitaries enhancing their networking for mutual benefits. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is the Partner Ministry for the 12th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.

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