Shri Narendra Modi
Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Foreign Trade (Africa)
Functions of the Division

The Division deals with Sub-Saharan African Region (Eastern, Western, Central and Southern) comprising 48 countries regarding trade promotion, policy, negotiations for FTA/PTA & other related activities.

Officers in the Division

The Officers in Africa Division are:

Dr. Srikar K.ReddyJoint Secretary
  • Room No : 247, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23061664
  • Email : srikar[dot]reddy[at]gov[dot]in
Ms. Padma Ganesh Deputy Secretary
  • Room No : 223 B, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23062262
  • Email : p[dot]ganesh15[at]gov[dot]in
Shri Ganesh KumarUnder Secretary
  • Room No : 347, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23061545
  • Email : gkumar[dot]rgi[at]gov[dot]in
Smt. Asha Kiran VermaSection Officer
  • Room No : 476-A, Udyog Bhawan
  • Tel : 011-23062261/553 (extn.)
  • Email : moc_ftaf[at]nic[dot]in
Bilateral Trade between India and Sub-Saharan Africa
Value in USD Billion
Year 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 CAGR(5 Years)
INDIA’S EXPORT 20.44 18.72 20.02 22.65 23.55 3.60%
INDIA’S IMPORT 28.77 25.91 33.76 35.4 32.15 2.81%
TOTAL TRADE 49.21 44.63 53.78 58.05 55.7 3.14%
TRADE BALANCE -8.33 -7.19 -13.74 -12.75 -8.6

Click here for the Bilateral Trade Figures for the last two years (i.e. 2018-19 & 2019-20) in respect of 48 countries of Sub Saharan Africa region.

Trade Agreements and Negotiations
India-SACU Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) negotiations

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is the oldest Customs Union in the world established in 1910 & consists of a group of 5 countries, namely, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini(Swaziland) and South Africa. Five rounds of negotiations have been held so far between 2007-10. A virtual senior official meeting was held on15th July, 2020. Both sides agreed for early resumption of the negotiations on PTA between India and SACU. Both sides also agreed on the time lines for exchange of trade and tariff data, and submission of revised modalities for PTA negotiations.

India-COMESA (Common Market for East and Southern Africa) Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between India and COMESA

Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is Africa’s largest economic community comprising 19 member states namely Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Eswatini (Swaziland), Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A Joint Study Group (JSG) has been set up to examine the feasibility of a PTA between India and COMESA.

The 1st meeting of the India-COMESA JSG was held in Lusaka on 30-31st July, 2012.It was decided during the 1st meeting of the JSG that the India-COMESA JSG will produce a joint report, containing its recommendations for consideration of the Government of India and the COMESA Secretariat.

COMESA side gave its concurrence to the structure of the JSG Report proposed by the Indian side and Secretary General COMESA requested to initiate a draft of the JSG Report which will be subsequently examined by the COMESA Members.

Research and Information System for Developing countries (RIS) was selected as the agency/knowledge partner for conducting a study and for working on the report of the JSG on the Indian side. The next meeting of the JSG is to be scheduled.

Trade Promotion Activities

On the Occasion of World Cotton Day organized by WTO in Geneva on 7th October, 2019, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India announced the launch of Phase-II of CTAP in 11 African countries.The programme is aimed at enhancing productivity in cotton sector, improving the post-harvest and plant by-products industry in the participating countries, as well as building the capacity of the cotton-based textile sector. First Steering Committee of Phase-II of C-TAP held in February, 2020 has prepared the action plan which is to be implemented accordingly. Virtual meetings were held with stakeholders on 28th and 31st August 2020 to finalize the issues pertaining to the activities to be undertaken in 11 African countries for smooth implementation of Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (C-TAP) Phase-II in these countries. The representatives of various institutions have assured their support for successful implementation of C-TAP (Phase-II), including cotton production and productivity enhancement, skill development and capacity building, entrepreneurship development, undertake awareness creation programmes and other activities.

Mandatory disclosures under RTI Act

Name, Designations and other particulars of the CPIO in respect of FT(Africa) Division may be changed under Section 4 of RTI – Act (Mandatory Disclosures):

Ms. Padma Ganesh Deputy Secretary
  • Room No : 223 B, Udyog Bhawan
  •  Tel : 011-23062262
  • Email : p[dot]ganesh15[at]gov[dot]in