The next such meet will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in 2022

In a move that will institutionalise the process, the India-Africa Defence Dialogue will be organised alongside every DefExpo and will thus be held once every two years.

The first-ever India-Africa Defence Ministers Conclave was held in Lucknow last year.

Institutionalisation of the India-Africa Defence Dialogue will help building on the existing partnerships between African countries & India.

It will also help explore new areas of convergence for mutual engagement including areas like capacity building, training, cyber security, maritime security and counter terrorism, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will host the Defence Ministers of African Nations in the next India–Africa Defence Dialogue on the sidelines of the DefExpo that is scheduled to be held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat in March 2022.

The broad theme of this India Africa Defence Dialgue will be ‘India – Africa: Adopting Strategy for Synergizing and Strengthening Defence and Security Cooperation’.

According to the defence ministry, the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses shall be the knowledge partner of India Africa Defence Dialogue. The organisation will assist in providing necessary support for enhanced defence cooperation between India and Africa.

The first-ever India-Africa Defence Ministers Conclave (IADMC) was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in conjunction with DefExpo on February 6, 2020.

Co-organised by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of External Affairs, this was the first in the series of Pan Africa events at the Ministerial level in the run-up to India Africa Forum Summit IV.

A Joint Declaration, the ‘Lucknow Declaration’, was adopted after the conclusion of IADMC 2020 as an outcome document of the Conclave.

India and Africa share a close and historical relationship.

The defence ministry pointed out that the foundation of India–Africa defence relations are based on the two guiding principles namely ‘SAGAR’.- Security and Growth for All in the Region’ - and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ - The World is One Family.