India extends two lines of credit worth nearly USD 200 mn to Uganda

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A stately reception at the State House! President Yoweri Museveni extends a ceremonial reception in honour of PM Narendra Modi at the State House in Kampala. (Image: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

A stately reception at the State House! President Yoweri Museveni extends a ceremonial reception in honour of PM Narendra Modi at the State House in Kampala. (Image: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

India, on Tueday, extended two lines of credit  worth nearly USD 200 million to Uganda in energy infrastructure,  agriculture and dairy sectors as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held  wide-ranging talks with President Yoweri Museveni and discussed ways  to strengthen the bilateral ties.

Modi, who arrived here this evening on a two-day visit to Uganda  the first bilateral tour by an Indian prime minister since 1997, held one-on-one meeting with President Museveni which was followed  by a delegation-level talks to comprehensively review all aspects  of bilateral relations.

Following the delegation-level talks, the two sides signed four  MoUs in the areas of defence cooperation, visa exemption for official  and diplomatic passport holders, cultural exchange programme and  material testing laboratory.

In a joint press statement, Prime Minister Modi announced two Lines  of Credit worth nearly USD 200 million in energy infrastructure,  agriculture and dairy sectors.  He lauded the time-tested relationship between the two countries  and said India was ready to enhance the cooperation in the defence  sector with Uganda.

Modi said India and Uganda should strengthen cooperation in the  field of military training. He also announced to provide vehicles  and ambulances for the Ugandan force as well as civilian use.

“India will assist Uganda in training, capacity building, infrastructure  development, IT and development initiatives,” he said.  Modi said India will provide a cancer therapy machine to the cancer  institute in Kampala. “This will help Uganda as well as other African  countries,” he added.

“Uganda was always close to our heart and will remain so in future.  India was always there to assist Uganda in its development initiatives,”

Modi said.  “We will continue to support Uganda,” the Prime Minister added.  Describing the Ugandan president as an “old friend of India”, he  said the memory of his first trip to Uganda as Gujarat chief minister  in 2007 was still afresh.

On his part, President Museveni praised Modi saying his business  management approach in the public affairs has brought lot of changes in India.

“Instead of worshipping bureaucracy he promotes efficiency and that  has helped India emerge as one of the fastest growing economies,” he said.  President Museveni also called for mutual prosperity approach wherein  the two countries support each other’s product.

Projecting Uganda as a major tourist destination, he said there  is a huge scope for tourism cooperation between the two countries.

India can assist Uganda to promote tourism by launching direct flight  from Mumbai and other cities, he added.  He also sought assistance from Indian experts for the manufacturing  and assembling of solar-powered water pump the country needs for irrigation.

The Uganada president sought assistance from India to improve healthcare  facilities in his country.