In a historic first, Rajya Sabha signs MoU with a foreign counterpart, Rwanda

Jul 11, 2018 16:54 IST
Venkaiah Naidu becomes first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign an MOU

The Rajya Sabha on July 10, 2018, for the first time in 76 years since it came into being, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Senate of Rwanda for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue.

In this process, Venkaiah Naidu became the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign such MoU with the visiting President of the Senate of Rwanda Bernard Makuza.

Highlights of the MoU

The MoU with 6 articles of cooperation seeks to promote Inter-Parliamentary dialogue, capacity building of parliamentary staff, organisation of conferences, forums, seminars, staff attachment programmes, workshops and exchanges.

The MoU also seeks to promote collaboration in mutual interest in regional and international multilateral parliamentary bodies to enhance bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.

Meeting of Rajya Sabha and Senator delegation from Rwanda

The three Senator delegation from Rwanda led by Bernard Makuza is the first such a delegation exclusively from the Upper House of any country to visit India.

The other members of the delegation included Senators Gertrude Kazarwa, Deputy Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Political Affairs and Good Governance and Therese Kagoyire Vishagara, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, Makuza highlighted the special role of the Senate of Rwanda in monitoring and punishing those responsible for the genocide policy in the country that resulted in the killing of about one million people and also overseeing implementation of the social justice programmes.

Naidu complimented Rwanda for being elected as the Chair of the African Union in January 2018 and for successfully hosting in capital Kigali of the Assembly of the African Union in March that resulted in the signing of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement.

Both the sides discussed issues of bilateral interest and the opportunities for cooperation for mutual benefit.


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