For Modi, this is his second visit to this East African nation after his visit in 2007 as Gujarat Chief Minister. The trip has already taken him to the United Arab Emirates and Senegal, and will also take him to South Africa for a state visit and the 10th BRICS summit, and to Mauritius during a stopover.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi appreciated the Rwandan government's 'Girinka Programme.' He said people in India too would be pleasantly surprised to see the cow being given such importance as a means of economic empowerment in villages, in faraway Rwanda. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Monday on the way to a summit in South Africa and agreed $200 million in loans.
Strengthening unity and cooperation with African countries is an important foundation for China's foreign policy and a long-term steadfast strategic choice of Beijing, Xi said. PM Modi on the occasion drew similarities between the rural lives and economies of India and Rwanda. Rwanda is listed in the first phase of a new slew of embassies that will be opened in Africa.
Modi said; "It is a matter of pride that India has been an economic partner of Rwanda".
In recent years, India has reinforced its relations with Africa to reclaim lost ground, focussing on lines of credit and capacity building, including skilling the local people.
He noted that Rwanda hosted the Assembly of the African Union earlier tis year, where the African Continental Free Trade Area was signed.
Six other agreements were also signed between both countries. "When ratified, the Agreement would be the largest Free Trade Area in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization".
India has extended Dollars 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda for its economic development, signed a defence cooperation agreement and will soon open a High Commission here as part of New Delhi's efforts to bolster the strategic partnership with the fast-developing East African country.
India also extended two lines of credit - one of United States dollars 100 million for development of industrial parks and Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) in Rwanda and another one for USD 100 million for agriculture.
In another first, Modi will gift 200 locally-sourced cows to buttress Rwandan President Paul Kagame's Girinka scheme, under which poor families are gifted dairy cows by the government, and the first female calf born of the cow is in turn gifted to a neighbor, thereby not just boosting agricultural production and better nutrition, but also promoting brotherhood and solidarity in the community.
Different Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed and exchanged by the officials on both sides, to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. He is to visit Uganda and South Africa.
In the education sector, Modi announced a donation of 100,000 NCERT books for school going children of Uganda.
"Being part of a transformative project towards economic development of Rwanda!"