The ninth release function saw the release of a coin commemorating the 3rd India Africa Summit. This is the first time a coin of Rs 500 denomination was released.
The coin and the details of the set are;
The third summit in a rotation basis is scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India from 26-30 October 2015. The 5 day summit is to start with consultations on official level followed by the head of states/governments level summit on 29 October 2015 with scheduled bilateral meetings on 30 October 2015. This is going to be Modi govt's biggest diplomatic outreach involving delegates from a large no of African nations.
Earlier it was scheduled to be held in December 2014, with a three-year gap after the 2011 Adid Ababa summit. But Syed Akbaruddin, the official spokesperson of Indian Foreign Ministry told the media that the scheduled summit postponed to 2015 and will include more no. of African leaders unlike previous two occasion where the event was restricted to only 10-15 African countries. Although media reports claimed that Ebola outbreak in Western African nations played key role behind the postponemnet of the summit.
Invitations were sent out to all 54 African nations through the respective Indian missions but it was not delivered only in Libya as there is no central government functioning and the Indian embassy also had to move to Tunisia. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj herself handed over the invitation to South African President Jacob Zuma during her visit to the African country in May 2015.
Coins of Rs 500 and Rs 10
First Images of the coins and the Art Work