India, Rwanda sign 8 agreements
India and Rwanda signed eight agreements on July 23 following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. The agreements were signed in the fields of defence, trade, agriculture, leather and allied products and dairy.
India and Rwanda signed eight agreements on July 23, 2018 following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.
Modi and Kagame held wide-ranging talks and discussed a host of measures to boost bilateral strategic ties. Addressing a joint press conference, Prime Minister Modi assured Rwanda that India will continue to back the African country’s development. Rwanda President said PM Modi’s visit represents a milestone between the two nations
• The agreements were signed in the fields of defence, trade, agriculture, leather and allied products and dairy.
• India also extended two lines of credit (LoCs) worth $200 million to Rwanda:
- For the development of industrial parks and Kigali Special Economic Zone
- For the development of three agricultural projects in Rwanda
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced the opening of the first Indian diplomatic mission in the East African nation.
• The move will not only establish communication between the governments of the two countries but also enable facilities for consular, passport and visa.
• Besides this, a task force will be set up between the two countries to enable digital learning mediums for children.
• Modi has become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Rwanda when he landed in Kigali on the first leg of his three-nation tour to Africa. The Rwandan President personally received Modi at the airport.
• During his visit, the Prime Minister will visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial which is the final resting place of more than 2 lakh 50,000 victims of Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda.
• Modi will also visit the Rweru Model Village where he would be donating 200 cows under the Girinka programme, a scheme initiated by President Kagame in response to the high rate of child malnutrition and as a means of accelerating poverty reduction and integrate livestock and crop farming.
• Modi would also be taking part in the India-Rwanda Business Forum.
• The Prime Minister's visit to Rwanda is historic as Rwanda is an important gateway to Eastern Africa.
• India had elevated its bilateral relations with Rwanda to the level of a strategic partnership in January 2017.
• The Rwandan President is the current Chair of the African Union.
• From Rwanda, the Prime Minister will visit Uganda, before heading to Johannesburg in South Africa to attend the 10th BRICS Summit.