India has extended USD 15 million assistance to Niger for organizing the African Union (AU) summit scheduled to be held in Niamey from July 7-8. The support of grant assistance was in response to a specific request made by the Niger government.
This year, Niger is hosting an AU summit for the first time. In this AU summit, the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is likely to be launched.
Bilateral ties between India and Niger have expanded significantly since the opening of the Indian Resident Diplomatic Mission in Niamey in 2009. India has provided Lines of Credit worth USD 96.54 million to Niger for projects in transport, electrification, solar energy, and potable drinking water. India is also establishing the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) in Niamey under grant assistance.