In this third article of the series on the indispensable role of education in national recovery and development particular attention is paid to the role of the educated in society. What then is the role of the truly educated in society? The second article on the question of “Who is an educated person?” or “What is education?” highlighted the following key points:The question “who is an educated person” implies the purpose of education. The word education has all sorts of meanings and connotations. Its origin, educare, means to lead out. Education occurs when, knowledge, skills and habits are formed, through teaching, training and research, usually transferred from one person or generation to another. Another definition of education is any experience that has a formative influence on a person is a form of education.Education can be formal. Formal education is usually well structured and involves learning lots of theories and formulae. It can be informal like the poro or sandi societies or apprenticeship by observing and doing (practical).Whatever form it takes the overall purpose or objective of education is to cultivate competence, efficiency, and to build character.Martin Luther King, Jr. sees the purpose of education as two-fold: (1) utility—to make people useful and to be able to contribute to the wellbeing of society; and (2) character—to instill lasting values in people. Lasting values include putting God first, integrity (honesty, fairness to self and others), hard work, sharing the good things of life (God’s blessings) with others, and respecting the feelings, opinions and rights of others. Competence and efficiency without character or morals could be dangerous. A trained mind without morals could be the worst criminal! That person could use his/her well developed mind for dishonorable purposes! For example, some of the IT gurus are Cyber criminals (rogues)! A well educated person is one who is equipped to live a better life and to help others live better lives.What then is such a person’s responsibility to society? Some people see education as a means to acquiring lots of wealth, having access to power, and for having social prestige and respectability, and thereby to abuse power and people, and to look down upon others who are less privileged than they. But the essence of true education is to make the educated person useful to God and serviceable to society. How?Let us begin with God. To be serviceable to oneself, family, Church, community and society at large one must first be useful to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all of life. The religious factor or element of life is key to understanding mankind and its needs and solutions. Martin Luther King, Jr. puts it right when wrote that if we get our theology (our understanding of who God is and requires of us; God-talk) wrong then our anthropology (our understanding of man) will be wrong. Man was created in the image of God to worship and enjoy fellowship with him. We were all made for worship and if we refuse to worship God we will worship money, power, another person and other created things. But worship must we. So the supreme purpose of man’s existence is to know God, worship him, do his will and enjoy him forever. Jesus puts it beautifully and accurately: “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you as well” (Matthew 6:33).The first duty of every person is to know that you are a servant of God; I am a servant of God. The word servant sometime has a negative connotation today but from a biblical perspective it is a noble word. All the great men and women of the Bible are called servants of God: Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Peter, and Paul.The second primary duty is to know your calling or vocation, the specific task or mission you were made for. Rick Warren in his famous book, The Purpose Driven Life: Why Am I on Earth, argues forcefully that you and I need to know the specific purpose (career or calling) of our lives. It is that which you were made for and have a passion for; enjoy doing and you do not need urging to do.The role of an educated person in society in summary is to serve self, family, Church, community and society at large. A person who has acquired a sound education, accompanied by a strong moral character, is obliged to contribute more to the wellbeing of society than those less educated or with no formal education all. The Bible says, “to whom much is given must is expected” (Luke 12:48). The role of an educated person in society is to promote the goodness of that society: peace, economic empowerment for the less fortunate and vulnerable groups, advocating and working hard for the protection and advancement of the rights of all, and the education of all in all manners and forms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minister of State Joseph Harmon has announced that the matter involving the payment of house rent for serving Ministers of Government is not addressed at the level of Cabinet, but Parliament.In fact, he said such funds come from that budget of the National Assembly.Harmon was responding to questions on the reason for the payment of such an exorbitant cost for rent for out of town Ministers, especially when there are Government houses available in the Campbellville community.Harmon said he could not give specific details about the rent, as it is a matter for Parliament and the Clerk of the National Assembly. Regarding the availability of houses in Campbellville – Echillibar Villas, a Government community – Harmon said when the Government took office, the properties there had been in a “rundown state”. Since then, he said Government has been spending large sums of money to rehabilitate, adding that “as residences are rehabilitated, then persons are put into them”. He said there are a huge amount of persons in Government service who require Government housing; however, Government is unable to provide it.Meanwhile, Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs earlier this week denied that there was an increase in all housing allowances for Ministers.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Isaacs asserted that housing allowances are enshrined in the law and remain set at $25,000. However, he has admitted that a monthly sum of $500,000 was paid for Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, to rent a house on the basis that she lives “out of town.”“The housing allowance was not increased. The law says that Ministers within the Government are entitled to occupy, free of rent, a furnished residence provided by the Government,” Isaacs explained. “So some Ministers have moved into Government residences, they are paid $25,000 a month.”He noted that if State-sponsored housing cannot accommodate any other persons, then they would have to rent. Isaacs noted that the housing allowance is separate from the rental. He added that there were two Ministers who have their rent paid in full.“As far as I know, only two (houses) are being rented for out of town Ministers. That is Minister (Valarie) Patterson and Minister (Simona) Broomes, who was brought by the Government from out of Georgetown. Minister Patterson is from Linden, Minister Broomes is from Bartica.”Meanwhile, Isaacs noted that the decision to have the Parliament office pay the rent for the Ministers, instead of the Office of the President, was taken in a bid to centralise the process. “Payments were done by several Ministries. You had Office of the President paying the electricity and maids, the Ministry of Agriculture paying the gardener… This Administration (decided) to have everything paid from the Parliament office.”The issue of Parliament paying the rent for Minister Broomes came to the fore when she became the subject of a court action initiated by her former landlord, who had taken her to court for rent owed.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Law enforcement officials believe the robbery ring operated about the same time as the Los Angeles Police Department’s infamous Rampart unit, which was exposed when a gang officer was arrested for stealing cocaine from an evidence locker and then testified about a pattern of misconduct throughout his division. This group under indictment is not related to Rampart, Bratton said. “Quite obviously, something went very wrong at the Los Angeles Police Department in the mid-1990s,” said the chief. “We had two separate groups, which is even more problematic. We had two sets of rogue officers operating within the department.” Officials believe Palomares’ group – which included then-LAPD Officers William Ferguson and Jesse Moya, then-Long Beach Police Department Officer Joseph Ferguson and Department of Corrections Officer Rodrigo Duran – staged fake robberies at houses after Palomares received information that the locations were drug havens. Palomares, who was assigned to the LAPD’s Northeast Division but was on loan to the Training Division, provided the group with LAPD cruisers, badges and radios, according to the 68-page, 54-count indictment unsealed last week. The raids were lucrative. Flashing badges at the alleged victims, the group would serve a search warrant or perform a vehicle stop, claiming to be on official police business. Once inside a residence, they’d often handcuff the alleged victims while they searched the house, taking anything of value, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien said. In a case reminiscent of the LAPD’s Rampart scandal, five rogue cops used squad cars, badges, uniforms, radios and guns to lead a criminal gang that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, weapons and jewelry by staging phony police raids, officials announced Thursday. The group, made up of at least 19 people, pulled off at least 20 robberies over 30 months from 1999 to 2001 by posing as on-duty police officers serving search warrants and executing vehicle stops, law enforcement officials said during a news conference at U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. Six suspects were indicted by a federal grand jury this week; 13 others had previously been indicted, but those indictments were unsealed only this week. Three Los Angeles police officers were involved in the scandal, including its alleged ringleader, Ruben Palomares, according to the indictment. One Long Beach officer and one state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer were also implicated. “These are traitors to the badge, traitors to their fellow officers, and, most important, traitors to the public trust,” said LAPD Chief William Bratton. In September 1999, they stole a rifle, a Rolex watch and about $20,000 from a house in Moreno Valley, according to the indictment. In October 2000, they recovered 600 pounds of marijuana from a home in east Rancho Dominguez. The indictment also alleges they stole a Ford F-250 pickup truck, a Ford Mustang, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, $45,000 worth of pseudoephedrine pills and television sets off the back of a truck. They often beat people, and in one case used a stun gun, officials said. They then divided up the profits, according to the indictment. “Our agencies have been tarnished by the actions of these officers,” Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts said. “This will not be tolerated, simply said, whether you wear a badge or not.” The 4-year investigation into the ring began in June 2001, when Palomares was arrested in San Diego on suspicion of attempting to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from undercover U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, officials said. Palomares, a former Golden Gloves boxer, joined the LAPD in 1993. He served in Rampart’s Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums, or CRASH, unit, which was at the center of the Rampart scandal, early in his career. He was convicted of drug-related charges in March 2002 stemming from the 2001 arrest, and was fired from the LAPD a year later. Ferguson, 33, joined the LAPD in 1996, was fired in December 2003 and was arrested Wednesday. Moya, 29, joined the department in 1999, resigned in August 2004 and was arrested Thursday. “What’s heartening is that we were able to get them,” Bratton said. “They are all former officers. They’ve been separated from the department for quite a period of time.” LAPD officials said safeguards such as the federal consent decree – established to oversee the LAPD in the wake of the Rampart scandal – random internal stings, more training, audits and oversight of specialized units, and tighter control of LAPD equipment should help the department identify rogue cops much sooner. The safeguards were put in place after Rampart – and after this robbery gang was active. “There have been many changes since these events occurred,” Bratton said. “This will help us find problem officers.” Three people named in the grand jury’s indictment – Michelle Barajas, 38, of Paramount, Armando Contreras-Lopez, 35, of Paramount, and Oscar Loaiza, 35, of Montebello – remain fugitives, officials said. 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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“This is one of the really important questions Congress is going to have to deal with,” Bush said. The president said he thought the Senate “had an interesting approach by saying that if you’d been here for five years or less, you’re treated one way, and five years or more, you’re treated another.” Standing in the center of a theater in the round-type setting with an audience full of business people, Bush spoke sympathetically about the plight of foreigners who risk their lives to sneak into the United States to earn a decent wage. He said the U.S. needs a temporary guest worker program to stop people from paying to be smuggled in the back of a truck. “I know this is an emotional debate,” Bush told the Orange County Business Council. “But one thing we can’t lose sight of is that we are talking about human beings, decent human beings.” IRVINE – President George W. Bush, rebutting lawmakers advocating a law-and-order approach to immigration, said Monday that those who are calling for massive deportation of the estimated 11 million foreigners living illegally in the United States are not being realistic. “Massive deportation of the people here is not going to work,” Bush said as a Congress divided over immigration returned from a two-week recess. “It’s just not going to work.” In addition to speaking here, Bush was meeting today with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to press his case. In Irvine, Bush spoke in support of a stalled Senate bill that includes provisions that would allow for eventual citizenship to some of the illegal immigrants already here. Some conservatives say that would amount to amnesty. Several hundred demonstrators from both sides of the immigration issue protested outside Bush’s speech Monday at an Orange County hotel. With Congress returning from a two-week recess, the speech let Bush relaunch his proposal for a temporary guest-worker program. It also gave a venue for protesters in a region where the immigration debate has become increasingly heated. More than an hour before Bush arrived, protesters from the Minuteman Project – the volunteer border patrol group whose co-founder ran for Congress in Orange County – were chanting “Go back to Mexico” and “God Bless America.” Across a driveway, a cluster of demonstrators also chanted and waved peace signs to protest the Minuteman group, Bush’s immigration policy and the war in Iraq. In all, there were about 250 protesters, split evenly between both sides. The protest outside the Hyatt Regency Irvine illustrated a political divide in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers remain far apart on whether to crack down on illegal immigrants or embrace them as vital parts of the U.S. economy. Lawmakers, with an eye on Election Day in just over six months, remain far apart on whether to crack down on illegal immigrants or embrace them as vital contributors to the U.S. economy. Bush said it’s important to enforce border laws that are on the books and boasted that 6 million immigrants have been captured and turned back since he took office. “You can be a nation of law and be a compassionate nation at the same time,” he said to applause. The White House’s immediate goal is to get legislation approved by the Senate and into a conference committee. The president’s aides hope a compromise can be reached with House members who passed a tougher bill that would impose criminal penalties on those who try to sneak into this country and would build fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., intends to seek passage of immigration legislation by Memorial Day by reviving the Senate bill that stalled earlier this month due to internal disputes in both parties as well as political maneuvering. In a gesture to conservative critics of the measure, Republican leadership aides said last week that Frist also will seek roughly $2 billion in immediate additional spending for border protection. After his immigration speech, Bush was ending a four-day stay in California that also featured speeches on U.S. competitiveness and his energy plan, meetings with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former President Ford and plenty of time on his bike. He planned to stop in Las Vegas on his way home Monday to raise money for Republican Rep. Jon Porter at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D. has called on the present Minister for Housing and Local Government Simon Coveney T.D. to suspend the introduction of a new charging regime for bin charges until such time as there is transparency surrounding the scheme.The Donegal TD added there must be certainty that the new charging mechanism will not increase costs on households throughout the country.He said that in principle the concept of paying by weight is fine, providing that this does not lead to sizeable increases in charges and the price it costs households to dispose of their rubbish. “The present proposals by the current Government totally lack price security and consistency of pricing throughout all the private operators within the state,” he said.Deputy Gallagher proposed that the Government introduce a Customer charter ensuring that households will not be forced to pay higher bin charges as a direct result of changing the method of waste collection from a flat rate collection to pay by weight system.“This must be especially be made to benefit people living in rural areas where collection rates could be increased due to wider collection areas for pick up. It is now requires a Ministerial order to firstly suspend the chargers and secondly to put in place safe guards for the customers to prevent massive increases in the cost of waste disposal,” he said.Pat the Cope called on the Government to take immediate action on the charges surrounding Pay By Weight in order to protect the customer and the household’s right throughout Donegal. BIN CHARGES BY WEIGHT MUST BE SUSPENDED – PAT THE COPE was last modified: June 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
JOHNSONThe death has taken place of Mary Johnson, Glenmaquinn at Letterkenny General Hospital. Removal from McClintock and Doherty Funeral Home, Towparks, Convoy at 4pm today going to her son William Johnson’s home, Glenmacquinn. Funeral service at 1pm at the family home on Monday followed by burial in the family plot in Convoy Presbyterian Church. House private from 10pm to 10amDOHERTY The death has taken place in the nursing unit, Falcarragh of Daniel Doherty, Upper Derryreel, Falcarragh. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass on Monday at noon in St Finnian’s Church, Falcarragh with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am.ROBINSONThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of William John Robinson. Remains reposing at his late residence, Miltown, Newtowncunningham. House private, but neighbours and friends welcome. Funeral at 2pm on Monday in his home. Family flowers only, donations to Letterkenny Hospital Surgical 2 Ward c/o Adair and Neely Funeral Directors.BOYLE The death has occurred in the Donegal Hospice of John Boyle (Annie Ann), Burtonport. Removal today at 4pm from the Hospice to his home. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to the Donegal Hospice c/o Sean McGlynn Funeral Directors or any family member. House private from 11pm to 10am please. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11am in St Columba’s Church, Acres with burial afterwards in Belcruit Cemetery.DOHERTY TINNEYThe death has taken place at her home in her 94th year of Ethna Doherty Tinney, West End, Buncrana. Remains reposing at her late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow, Sunday at 1.30pm going to St Mary’s Oratory for 2pm Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in Cockhill Cemetery.TOLANDThe tragic death has taken place in Scotland of Anthony Toland, Westown, Malin Head. His remains are reposing at his residence at Westown. Funeral from there tomorrow, Sunday, going to the Star of the Sea Church, Malin Head, for Funeral Mass at 12noon. Interment afterwards in Lagg Cemetery, Malin. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to The RNLI – c/o Kelly Funeral Directors, Carndonagh. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2011 was last modified: December 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2011DECEMBER 31DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY
Mewelde Moore rushed for 57 yards, and Jermaine Wiggins caught 10 passes for 68 yards. Urlacher credited defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for the aggressive game plan. “Rivera turned us loose today,” Urlacher said. “He called a bunch of blitzes – they worked. We got a bunch of pressure, and when he did get rid of the ball we tackled the guys. We flew around and had a good time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was their lowest point total since the final game of the 2001 season, when Baltimore beat them 19-3. While players declined comment about the party, Vikings coach Mike Tice said the allegations had a negative effect. “If I was to say it didn’t at all, I kind of would be lying to you,” he said. “And I don’t think any of the local (media) would tell you that I’ve lied.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week How big was the impact? “I don’t know,” Tice said. “I’m not a psychologist. I can’t tell you how much.” Across the field, the Bears let out a collective sigh. Brian Urlacher had two sacks. Charles Tillman and Chris Harris each had an interception, and Thomas Jones rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Chicago (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. Jones, questionable after stretching a ligament in his right knee last week at Cleveland, saw his streak of 100-yard games end at three. Kyle Orton completed 16 of 25 passes for 117 yards with an interception and two touchdowns, both to tight end Desmond Clark. Daunte Culpepper was 26 of 48 for 237 yards and two interceptions, and the Vikings fell to 1-4. Former Bear Paul Edinger kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first half after missing a 52-yarder, but had a 32-yarder blocked early in the third quarter. CHICAGO – The Minnesota Vikings tried all week to steer the discussion to their game against the Chicago Bears. After a 28-3 loss Sunday, they might want to find another topic. Reeling from allegations of sexual misbehavior and drunkenness during a charter cruise last week, the Vikings were manhandled and their season continued to spiral out of control.
Randox Laboratories, the leading medical diagnostics company, today set out a new vision for the company’s future in Dungloe which is set to benefit the wider North West region with a massive jobs boost.Randox Teoranta’s facility in Dungloe is a cutting-edge life-science and engineering research and manufacturing centre, and today the company announced its plans to invest a further €25m in plant, equipment, building works and R&D over the next 5 to 6 years in Dungloe. This significant investment would increase its employment figures from 66 to 540 by 2020.Part of Randox Laboratories, the global diagnostics group, Randox Teoranta was founded in 2008 as a next generation life-sciences and engineering research and manufacturing centre, with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta. In addition to engineering, Randox Teoranta is the site of world-class scientific research into conditions impacting human health such as Alzheimer’s and diseases of the kidneys and liver. At the event Randox Teoranta showcased their newly expanded and refurbished facilities, and guests were briefed on Randox, their contribution to human health worldwide, and the company’s investment plans.Speaking at the event, Founder and Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, Dr. Peter FitzGerald said, “Today we write the next chapter of the Randox story, a company that is committed to improving and saving lives through innovative diagnostics. Our strategy for Randox Dungloe 2020 is a strong demonstration of our commitment to the region, and indicates our commitment to Randox Teoranta as an integral part of our future plans.“This is a visionary project with the power to transform the high-value knowledge economy of the region and we are excited by its potential. Our key message today is one of partnership, harnessing the power of the community and the diaspora is the key to help this company grow.“We are planning to create cutting-edge scientific and engineering opportunities on a major scale. That would mean drawing talent from far and wide in order to drive innovation in human health. Randox recognises that we cannot achieve this alone, we need to harness the power of the North West community and its diaspora to highlight the potential for high-value careers in life sciences R&D, engineering, software development and manufacture in Donegal, coupled with the unique quality of life it offers.” Welcoming the announcement Joe McHugh T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said “This is a significant announcement by Randox today, a company that is a world leader in clinical diagnostics, stating that its vision is to establish Randox Teo in Dungloe as a centre of excellence and develop the facility as one of the most futuristic and diagnostic manufacturing centres in the world. This announcement illustrates the company’s huge commitment to the area and its workforce.“I commend Údarás na Gaeltachta for all its work in attracting Randox to Dungloe and the support it has provided to the company thus far. I will be working with Údarás and Randox in the coming months to make every effort to ensure that the company’s plans can be brought to fruition.”Údarás na Gaeltachta, Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair said they are committed to working with Randox on their strategy and vision to establish the facility in Dungloe as a world class knowledge centre.“The spectrum of highly-skilled job-types that this investment could create would provide significant opportunities to the Gaeltacht labour-force now and in the future. This also gives Gaeltacht graduates living in other parts of the country and abroad the opportunity to apply their qualifications and experience and return to their local area, as was done by the R&D manager at Randox Teo, Dr Ciarán Richardson.”The company said it would be keen to engage locally and with key diaspora networks to access people who may have moved away for education or employment, as well as those with a broader connection to the region. Guests were invited from every secondary school in Donegal, as well as a wider higher educational, community and economic stakeholders. Chief Research Scientist at Randox Teoranta Dr Ciaran Richardson said, “As well as planning to attract key skills back into the region, we want to lay foundations for sustainable growth. That means working with partners in education and economic development who shape the skills-base, making sure there is a strong pipeline of STEM graduates and other qualified personnel. Today is only start of that engagement.”RANDOX CONFIRMS 540 JOBS IN DUNGLOE BY 2020 was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldungloeDungloe2020new jobsrandox
In the wake of an NBA Finals loss, Kevin Durant’s departure and moving into a new arena, the Warriors faced several questions as they opened training camp three weeks ago. Yet, the preseason may have given rise to more questions than answers.Here are the biggest concerns facing the Warriors ahead of the regular-season opener against the Clippers on Thursday.How many points will Steph Curry score per game?The season before Durant’s arrival in the Bay Area, Steph Curry scored 30.1 points per …
India has age old ties to Africa. Under Narendra Modi, who visited Africa for the first time as prime minister recently, the fastest growing global economy is looking to strengthen those diplomatic and economic bonds. Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, arriving in Africa ahead of a 4 nation diplomatic visit. (Image: India Today) When he took office in May 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inherited a growing economy built on long established trading agreements. Modi is not a traditionalist, he understood that India had an opportunity to flex its trade and diplomatic muscle. Under his leadership, India has become more assertive on the international stage. He has strengthened ties with the USA and the country’s East Asian neighbours.India’s lobbying for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council offers the African countries that Modi is visiting this week (Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya) an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the continent and India.South Africa is India’s biggest African market, accounting for more than 22% of all goods exported to Africa. We are also the third largest African investor in India, those ventures are concentrated in the service and retail industries.After meeting President Jacob Zuma, 8 July 2016, Modi expressed the hope that India and South Africa would develop stronger ties in the mining and manufacturing sectors. Most important to Modi was strengthening co-operation in the security sector.“Beyond economic ties, and links of business, trade and investment, we can also partner in the field of defence and security. Both, at the level of industry and for our strategic and security needs,” he said.As the sector transformed in India, opportunities would become available to South African defence companies. “Our companies can also pool their capacities to jointly develop or manufacture defence equipment and platforms. And, not just to meet our defence needs, but also to respond to regional and global demand.”It has been Indian policy to work through the UN to promote global peace and security. The country’s peacekeeping operation in Africa, it has provided the largest number of troops to African peacekeeping operations, is part and parcel of its commitment to peace and development on the continent. The four countries Modi visited are all along Africa’s the eastern seaboard and Modi would like to induce them to join in India’s fight against high seas pirates. President Jacob Zuma and prime minister Narendra Modi at the India Africa Summit in 2015. (Image: India Today)As Modi highlighted after his meeting with the president, “Terrorism is another shared threat that puts at risk the safety and security of our people. It attacks the very foundations of our society. The President and I agreed that our two nations need to stay vigilant and cooperate actively to combat terrorism, both in our region and in the world.”Is it India’s time to shine in the African sun?The slow global recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has highlighted the seismic shift in the economic order. Diplomatic and trade relationships between developing countries have superseded traditional north/south trading.Bi-lateral India/Africa trade has grown by 32% annually between 2005 and 2011. By 2015 the partnership generated $90 billion, a major source of growth and employment creation in Africa during the economic crisis.In the year that Modi took office India became the fastest growing global economy, it is the seventh largest economy and the third largest by purchasing power. Modi inherited credit agreements between India and African governments worth almost $18 billion. He extended grant assistance to the continent that covered the India-Africa development fund, a $10 billion India-Africa health fund and 50 000 scholarships for African students to study in India.Trade and co-operation between India and Africa governments have occurred in agriculture, the blue economy, and infrastructure and security sectors. The Indian government has also taken the view that Africa’s growth is good for India and has committed to share expertise and set up training programmes.The Indian private sector has followed the government example and invested heavily in Africa. China is most often recognized as the dominant new trading partner for African states. The Indian private sector has avoided competing directly with Chinese investment in Africa, instead they have chosen overlooked niches, like Africa’s diamond sector. They have overtaken Chinese investment in areas like agriculture, ICT and medicine.Watch: Can India match China’s economic influence in Africa?The new India powerhouse is enmeshed in the Africa Rising narrative. According to the African Development Bank, the continent enjoys a positive trade balance with India. For Africa and India, the relationship has benefits.India has been aggressive in the agribusiness sector especially. Her deep knowledge in areas like small farm mechanization is helping African governments address challenges like food security. In West Africa, Indian know how is helping to save the regions cotton industry, including building factories to process raw material into finished products. Companies like Olam International have also begun to buy up uncultivated land in East Africa to grow maize, palm oil and rice for export to India.Indian companies strengthening ties with Africa gives the continent a new source of growth just as the Chinese economy slows down. These companies are also seen as better corporate citizens. Research done by analytics firm HIS has suggested that India’s soft touch approach has earned it plaudits among African governments who have applauded their environmental records and their policy of employing Africans to staff their business ventures.Historical tiesDuring his visit to South Africa prime minister Modi travelled by train to Pietermaritzburg Station. Infamous as the station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train in 1893. An event that birthed his lifelong fight for equal rights, a campaign that changed South Africa and India.Modi’s train journey is a reminder of the long and close ties between South Africa and India. Ties forged in the fight for equal rights for all. “For me personally, this visit is an opportunity to pay homage to two of the greatest human souls to have ever walked this Earth – Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.“It was in South Africa that Gandhi found his true calling. He belongs as much to India as to South Africa,” Modi said on his arrival in South Africa.While Africa is a region that India cannot ignore, the long history of India’s involvement in Africa has helped grow economic ties. African’s of Indian descent in East Africa are the progeny of the traders that began trading with Africa a thousand years ago. South Africa is home to one of the largest Indian diaspora populations.The diaspora has helped build ties between the continent and the sub-continent. They were the link between African commodities – tea, coffee, cotton – reaching India and the import of manufactured goods. Watch: A bond forged by history.