SA and India agree to revitalise bilateral ties

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has wrapped up day one of his state visit to India.

President Ramaphosa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation level talks Friday, where they’ve agreed to revitalise bilateral ties. Both leaders admitted that there’s considerable untapped potential that needs to be explored.

The big takeaway from Day One of President Ramaphosa’s India visit was a commitment made by him and Prime Minister Modi to expand strategic ties significantly by 2021.

Both nations have signed a three year strategic program of cooperation, that’s aimed at deepening the bilateral engagement and ensuring a result oriented partnership.

The two nations have pledged to expand cooperation in the fields of agriculture, mining, information technology, financial services and renewable energy.

President Ramaphosa also promised to simplify South Africa’s business visa to allow more investment from India.

India in return has agreed to help with skills development, capacity building and easing norms for doing business.

All eyes are now on Day Two of President Ramaphosa’s visit, where he will become only the second South African leader to preside over India’s Republic Day parade after Nelson Mandela.