The Union Cabinet approved the signing of a bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Rwanda.
The approval was given at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 February 2017.
Benefits of India-Rwanda Air Services Agreement
• The agreement has the potential to spur trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between India and Rwanda.
• It will also provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity between both the countries.
• The ASA seeks to provide commercial opportunities for the carriers belonging to both the countries.
India-Rwanda Bilateral Relations
• Rwanda is a sovereign State in the East African Region. It is also one of the smallest countries on the African mainland.
• Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
• India-Rwanda relations are marked by cordiality, convergence of views and cooperation on major international issues.
• In recent years, the relations are marked by an increasing trend in bilateral trade and investments, greater people to people contact and a deep sense of mutual respect.
• India is among the few countries in the world which voiced their concerns to alert the world about the possibility of genocide, as early as 1992.
• During the genocide of 1994, India contributed immensely to the United Nations Peace Keeping Force.
• India’s engagement with Rwanda is at three levels viz. at the African Union (AU) level, at the level of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and at the bilateral level.
• Indian assistance to Rwanda has mainly guided by the announcements made by India at the India-Africa Forum Summits in 2008, 2011 and 2015.
• So far, India has extended million of dollars to Rwanda for building infrastructure projects.
• Under the Pan-African e-Network project, India has been providing tele-medicine and tele-education services to the citizens of Rwanda since 2009.
When: 15 February 2017