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Global issue 12

In FocusIndia in Africa India–Africa trade: a unique relationship Sherelle Jacobs Trade between India and Africa has a long India–Africa bilateral trade in Mauritius, Madagascar and Southern and distinguished history. It goes back Africa. Many descendents form the bulk of thousands of years to the days when Indian the Indian diaspora in Africa today. As the of mangrove poles, elephant tusks, and $1bn new-found habitat. Indians became criticalbetween their original homeland and their1995population of the diaspora grew, so did trade traders, using the seasonal monsoon winds, sailed to the East coast of Africa in search gold and gemstones that made their way up 2008 links in the export of African commodities This intensifi ed with the establishment of $36bn of manufactured goods and grains such as from what is now Zimbabwe. such as tea, coffee and cotton and the import Omani suzerainty in the 17th century over rice, pulses and textiles. Zanzibar and its hinterland. The island of In more modern times, Africa’s trade Pemba produced a copious variety of sought- with Europe and the United States domi- merchants, some of whose descendents live bn gained increasing momentum. Indian com-swing to the East, principally led by China,$752014nated the trading patterns until the gradual after spices such as cardamom, cloves, cin- namon and black pepper. A number of Indian in East Africa to this period. ? and expanding the volume of trade expo-panies were fairly quick off the mark too,re-establishing contacts with the continentThere was also the large immigration of in East Africa to this day, trace their presence Indian labour during the colonial period, nentially. For example, bilateral trade was brought over to work on the railways in East worth $1 billion in 1995. By 2008, that Africa, and on sugar and other plantations source: African Development Bank fi gure had hit $36 billion, according to the globalfourth quarter 2012 www.global-briefing.org l53


Global issue 12
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