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PIB Summaries 28 June 2024

  1. India Africa Postal Leaders Meet
  2. Exercise HOPEX


Recently, with the aim of strengthening ties among the administrations of African countries and India in the postal sector, the ‘India Africa Postal Leaders Meet’ was organised in India.


GS II: International Relations

India Africa Postal Leaders Meet

  • Objective:
    • Aimed at enhancing cooperation and strengthening ties between the postal administrations of African countries and India.
  • Initiative:
    • Part of the “South-South and Triangular Cooperation” program of the Universal Postal Union.
    • Organized with the support of India Post and the United States Postal Service.
  • Key Theme:
    • Focus on capacity building through study visits.
  • Activities:
    • India Post showcased its services including:
      • E-commerce parcel delivery.
      • Dak Niryat Kendras.
      • Financial services by India Post Payments Bank.
      • Aadhaar enabled services.
      • Passport services.
      • Digital Life Certificate.
  • Significance:
    • The meet aligns with India’s farsighted initiatives such as:
      • Voice of Global South Summit.
      • India-Africa Forum.
      • Inclusion of the African Union in the G20 during India’s Presidency in 2023.
  • Participation:
    • Attended by 42 heads of postal administrations and senior management personnel from the postal organizations of 22 African countries in the Global South.


Exercise HOPEX is the fourth joint exercise of IAF (Indian Air Force) and EAF (Egyptian Air Force) which was held in Egypt from 21 to 26 June.


GS III: Security Challenges

About Exercise HOPEX

  • Nature of Exercise:
    • The fourth joint exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Egyptian Air Force (EAF).
    • Held in Egypt from 21 to 26 June.
  • Objectives:
    • Aimed at enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation.
    • Symbolizes the long-standing relations between India and Egypt.
  • Participants:
    • Indian Air Force’s Rafale fighter jets.
    • C-17 Globemaster and IL-78 tankers.

India and Egypt Relationship

  • Historical Background:
    • Diplomatic relations established on 18 August 1947 at the ambassadorial level.
    • Both nations are founding members of the Non-Aligned Movement and have cooperated closely in multilateral forums.
  • Milestone:
    • Celebrated the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022, highlighting the depth and strength of their bilateral ties.

July 2024