Modi will also visit Uganda and South Africa
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda’s capital Kigali which honours over 250,000 victims of the mass killings in 1994 in that country. He is on a five- day three-nation tour in African continent.
Prime Minister arrived in Rwanda on Monday in the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour as part of India’s outreach to the resource-rich continent. Modi has become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country. Country’s President Paul Kagame accorded a red carpet welcome to PM at the airport.
PM Modi’s visit comes days after Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s trip to Rwanda. President Kagame is the current Chair of the African Union.
Later, Prime Minister Modi held one-on-one talks with President Kagame.
Beginning the day on a poignant note! PM @narendramodi visits the Genocide Memorial Centre in #Kigali. The Memorial honours the victims of the worst excesses of violence. It is also symbolic of the admirable and exemplary process of reconciliation Rwanda has embarked upon. pic.twitter.com/Hsd9uax259— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 24, 2018
Late on Monday, Indian community in the Rwandan capital organised an event where PM Modi announced his government’s decision of opening High Commission to remain connected with their homeland.
On Monday evening PM held a joint press conference with Rwandan President Kagame and reiterated India’s commitment to continue cooperation in training, technology, infrastructure development and project assistance. He also proposed to expand cooperation in manufacturing sector, hospitality and tourism and said that the two countries can strengthen comprehensive developmental cooperation.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister will meet the business leaders in Kagali and also visit Rweru Model Village and gift 200 cows as a contribution from India to the ‘Girinka’ scheme, a social protection scheme of the Rwandan government personally overseen by President Kagame.
Under the Girinka scheme the poorest families are gifted dairy cows by the government and the first female calf born to the cow is gifted to the neighbour, thus promoting brotherhood and solidarity.
On Monday, the two countries have also signed seven MoUs and documents for expanding ties in agriculture, defence, culture, diary, leather and allied sectors, two Line of Credit of $100 million each for developing industrial park and agriculture irrigation scheme in that country.
The trade cooperation framework has also been signed by the two sides to facilitate, diversify and promote trade and economic cooperation.
Earlier a senior official in the Ministry of External Affairs was earlier quoted saying, “Rwanda is an important gateway to Eastern Africa and we have elevated our bilateral relations with Rwanda to the level of a strategic partnership in January 2017.”
On Tuesday evening Prime Minister will leave for Ugandan capital Kampala on where he will address the country’s parliament. On Wednesday he move to South Africa, where he will have bilateral meeting with President and attend the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg. The leaders of the grouping are expected to deliberate on global hot-spot issues, international peace and security, global governance and trade issues among others. Bilateral meetings with the participating countries on the sidelines of the summit are also planned.
According to the press release issued by ministry of external affairs, there has been a significant intensification of India’s engagement in various fields with African countries and there have been as many as 23 outgoing visits to Africa at the level of President, Vice President and Prime Minister in last four years.