MAHATHMA GANDHI INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE IN NIGER:
India and Niger signed an MoU for the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) in Niamey, Niger with the Indian government’s grant assistance.
The agreement was signed by Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) T.S. Tirumurti and Ambassador of Republic of Niger in India Ali Illiassou, in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister and Special Adviser to the President of Republic of Niger, Saidil Moctar Mohamed.
Niger Capital: Niamey,
Currency: West African CFA franc.
Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River.
Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest.
Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2 (490,000 sq mi), making it the largest country in West Africa.
Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara Desert.
The country’s predominantly Islamic population of about 21 million mostly clusters in the far south and west of the country. The capital city is Niamey, located in Niger’s southwest corner.
Niger is a developing country, which consistently ranks near the bottom in the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI); it was ranked 189th out of 189 countries in the 2018 report.
Much of the non-desert portions of the country are threatened by periodic drought and desertification.
The economy is concentrated around subsistence, with some export agriculture in the more fertile south, and export of raw materials, especially uranium ore.
Niger faces serious challenges to development due to its landlocked position, desert terrain, inefficient agriculture, high fertility rates without birth control, and the resulting overpopulation, the poor educational level and the poverty of its people, the lack of infrastructure, the poor health care, and the environmental degradation.