The Vice-President of India is expected to visit Zambia in the first week of January 2010, the Watchdog has been informed.
Hamid Ansariis is expected to start off from India on January 5 and will visit two other countries in southern Africa namely Botswana and Malawi.
According to information received the Indian vice president’s tour is aimed at bringing to the fore India’s multi-faceted ties with Africa that focuses on triple Ts — trade, technology transfer and training.
The visit by India’s number two leader to Zambia and two other countries appears to be India’s wish not to be outdone by China in trading with Africa.
In making plans to Africa, the Indian vice-president referred in passing to China’s over $100 billion trade with Africa but said India is not competing with anyone.
The Vice-President of India is the second-highest ranking government official in the executive branch of the government after the president. The Vice-President is elected and has the legislative function of acting as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (Upper house of Indian parliament)
The current Vice-President of India was elected on 10 August 2007.
The Vice-President acts as President in the event of the death, resignation, or removal of the President, until a new President is chosen by the electoral college. The Vice-President may also act temporarily as President during the absence or illness of the President.
The Vice-President is elected for a term of five years whenever the office becomes vacant, by an electoral college consisting of all the Members of both Houses of Parliament.