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New Delhi: The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday that India and Africa should collaborate in the energy field for development and a brighter future for the people of India and Africa.

In his inaugural address during 2-day India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference in Delhi, he said, “The global situation makes our collaboration more critical. The fourth India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference looks to align and initiate future collaborations between India and Africa in hydrocarbons.”

25 African Nations have been invited for the Conference where 9 of them are represented by their ministers.

Pradhan expressed the hope that India would be a better partner for Africa as Africa plays an important part in India’s energy security, informing that India is importing around 18-20 percent of its oil needs from Africa, including 32 Million Metric Tons of crude oil last year.

The minister said “India is keen to diversify its energy sources,’’ adding that India is importing nearly 78 percent of its crude oil and 35 percent of natural gas requirements.

As a matter of policy, India imports two-thirds of crude oil from Africa while exports third of India’s exports to Africa.

“The compound annual growth rate of India’s hydrocarbons’ consumption has been at 7 per cent while the world average is on this count is only at 3 per cent,” Pradhan said.

He said that Indian state-run have invested in acquiring hydrocarbons in countries like Sudan, South Sudan, Mozambique, Goban and Egypt of Africa.

Petroleum Secretory KD Tripathi said earlier that it is an opportune time for global oil prices between importers and exporters from India and Africa. (IANS) (picture courtesy: orissadiary.com)

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Microsoft takes ‘Project Sangam’ to Middle East and Africa

"Project Sangam" was commenced from Andhra Pradesh

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In a bid to bridge the widening skill gap, Microsoft on Monday announced expansion of the capabilities of its Cloud-powered “Project Sangam” to the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in India by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year, “Project Sangam” is a Cloud-hosted platform that leverages Azure services and professional networking platform LinkedIn to support new entrants to the job market, enabling key stakeholders across the skilling ecosystem find the right talent.

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Microsoft’s Sangam is a cloud-based platform. Wikimedia Commons

“Lack of skilled resources is one of the key issues that governments across the world are facing. There is an enormous scope for technology to come in to address the skill gap that exists in the workforce today,” Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said in a statement.

Nadella launched “Project Sangam” to help the Indian government not only train but also assist people get jobs via LinkedIn that was acquired by the company for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal in 2016. “Project Sangam” was commenced from Andhra Pradesh.

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“‘Sangam’ is the first project that wields the combined strength of LinkedIn and Microsoft to tackle the challenge of how to provide every person the opportunity to skill themselves,” added Bhansali who is also Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited. As part of the expansion, Microsoft South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) have launched “Thint’iMillion”, an online mass learning system.

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The project was first launched in Andhra Pradesh. VOA

Part of the “Tshepo 1Million Digital Mass” learning programme, the “Thint’iMillion” programme will be deployed on “Project Sangam”, allowing young people to access content via an on-phone app (Android only), tablet mode (Windows and Android) as well as an interactive web portal. IANS

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