India and Uganda on July 24, 2018 signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields including the areas of defence, diplomatic ties, cultural exchange and material testing laboratory.
The agreements were signed following the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala.
Here are the MoUs signed between India and Uganda:
• MoU on Defence Cooperation
• MoU on Visa exemption for Diplomatic and official passport holders
• MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme
• MoU on Material Testing Laboratory
Other initiatives announced by PM Modi for Uganda
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced two Lines of Credit worth nearly USD 200 million to Uganda in energy, infrastructure, agriculture and dairy sectors.
• India will continue to play a stable partner in the country's journey towards development.
• India will also render vehicles, ambulances and cancer therapy machine to Uganda.
• PM Modi also offered to build a commemoration centre in Kampala in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
• Both the countries would work together in trade, investment and tourism sectors, supporting mutual prosperity through reciprocity.
• Training, capacity building and infrastructure creation are core areas of cooperation between India and Uganda.
PM Modi visited Kampala, Ugandan capital on the second leg of his three-African nations’ tour after concluding his Rwanda visit. On the last leg of his five-day visit to Africa, Modi will attend 10th BRICS Summit at Johannesburg in South Africa.
It is the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Uganda and Rwanda in over 20 years. PM Modi also delivered the keynote address at the Ugandan Parliament, thus, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to do so.
However, Modi had visited Uganda in 2007 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
This is not Modi’s first visit to the African continent as the Prime Minister. He earlier visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritius and Seychelles in 2015 and 2016.
PM Modi’s visit to Rwanda
During the first leg of his three-African nations’ tour in Rwanda, PM Modi attended the India-Rwanda Business forum in Kigali. India and Rwanda signed eight agreements in various fields including Defence, Trade and Agriculture following delegation-level talks between PM Modi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Moreover, PM Modi also announced to open a High Commission in Rwanda which will not only establish communication between the governments of the two countries but also enable facilities for consular, passport and visa. India will also donate 200 cows for Rwanda’s pet social protection scheme, Girinka.
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