In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said India's engagement with Africa has been scaled up and trade has been growing remarkably in recent years.

"India is proud to host @indiafrica2015. The Summit reflects India & Africa's desire to engage more intensively for a better future," he tweeted.

"India's relations with Africa are historic. India is a major investor in Africa & trade has been growing remarkably in recent years," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said in another tweet that "The level of engagement for @indiafrica2015 has been tremendously scaled up. Several African leaders will join us." "In run up to @indiafrica2015 many events are being organised to promote friendship & trade," he said.

Representatives of 54 African nations including heads of state and government of around 40 countries and powerful African Union are expected to participate in the four-day India-Africa Summit beginning here on October 26. Stepping up trade ties, particularly in oil and gas sector, strengthening maritime cooperation and lifting the overall engagement to a new high will be the main agenda of the summit.

India's current trade with Africa is around USD 75 billion dollar and it has granted a whopping USD 7.4 billion for various developmental and capacity building projects in the last four years. India has implemented a total of 137 projects in 41 African countries during the period.

Expanding trade ties will be a major focus area at the summit which will see participation of over 400 business delegates from Africa besides all major Indian chambers of commerce.

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