" title="External link to: "(external)India and West Africa: A Burgeoning Relationship, Chatham House, April 2007":http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/pdf/research/africa/bpindiawestafrica0407.pdf
" class="external">Sushant K. Singh on Asian Competition For Energy Reserves in West Africa
As western companies pull out of the African energy sector due to domestic pressure, India and China are stepping in to take their place, reports Sushant K. Singh of Chatham House. Currently Beijing, with deeper pockets and a non-interventionist approach, seems to have the edge. But India has competitive advantages in fields which are of high priority to West African nations such as infrastructure and logistics, HIV/Aids research, agricultural development and information technology. India is also a positive role model in democratization, civil society and micro-financing. Although India will benefit from emulating the Chinese model, it should be wary of attracting negative attention due to developing relationships with unpopular governments.