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image President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and His Majesty the King at the presidential palace before a luncheon hosted in honour of the King’s visit to India yesterday. (Pics: Len Mohale - State Photographer)

NEW DELHI, INDIA –The president of India yesterday hosted His Majesty the King to a luncheon at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in honour of his visit to the country for an investment conference.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the president of India located on the western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India.
It is described by Wikipedia as one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world, boasting 340 rooms on a 130 hectare estate.

Swaziland and India enjoy a bilateral relationship that has seen the latter, through extending line of credit; fund the construction of the Science and Technology Park as well as various agricultural activities and mechanisation of agriculture.

The country is also benefitting from skills development through scholarships offered by India in various sectors.
The president extended his country’s appreciation to the king for honouring the invitation and indicated that India is committed to supporting Swaziland achieve her development objectives.

The president urged the country to work closely with Exim Bank, which has already made a mark in the ICT and agriculture sectors in Swaziland.
India has pledged a US$10 billion line of credit to African countries over the next five years plus 50 000 scholarships for human resource development in Africa.

The engagement between the two leaders took place on the sidelines of the 12th CII – Exim Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership held at the Taj Palace Hotel which officially ended yesterday.

His Majesty was accompanied to the luncheon by Chief Lembelele Dlamini, Prince Mguciso, Minister of Economic Planning and Development Prince Hlangusempi, Chief Officer in the King’s Office Dr Vincent Mhlanga, King’s Private Secretary Mbongeni Simelane and Indonesian Consular Kareem Ashraaff, among others.

The conclave, aimed at reinvigorating partnerships and strengthening ties, identified numerous areas of possible partnerships, particularly in infrastructure development, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, energy, mining, skills development, information communication technology (ICT) and health. 

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