India, Rwanda ink deals to boost aviation and innovation

RSTV Bureau

India and Rwanda signed three MoUs on innovation, aviation and visa requirements on Monday during Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the East African country on Monday.

Both the countries will set up an entrepreneurship development centre in Kigali. To boost aviation, Rwanda’s state Airlines Rawanda Air will start services to India.

Vice President Hamid Ansari (L) with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame before a meeting, in Kigali  Photo-PTi

Vice President Hamid Ansari (L) with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame before a meeting, in Kigali
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Both countries will mutually exempt visa requirements of diplomatic and official passport holders for smooth air travel.

Rwanda Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi who witnessed the signing ceremony with Vice President Hamid Ansari said that the three MoUs will boost economic and business ties.

“We have 54(rpt) years of fruitful bilateral relationship. Rwanda and India share important ties and we are committed to make the relationship grow stronger,” Murekezi said.

Vice President Hamid Ansari who is on a five-day visit to Rwanda launched the India-Rwanda innovation growth programme in Kigali to boost ties in areas of science & technology, innovation and aviation.

“Rwanda offers a wonderful platform to Indian partners to enhance their presence in other parts of Africa,” the Vice President said while addressing a gathering of business leaders and experts from both the countries at a business forum hosted at the Convention Centre.

Vice President Hamid Ansari (L) with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame before a meeting, in Kigali. Members of Indian Delegation can also be seen in the picture  Photo-PTi

Vice President Hamid Ansari (L) with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame before a meeting, in Kigali. Members of Indian Delegation can also be seen in the picture
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Ansari also emphasised that India was now “ready to work” with partners in Rwanda and other partners of Africa in “transferring our experience” in building an innovation-driven economy in Africa.

“India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Program is being launched to expand ties in science, Technology and Innovation. After this pilot project, the programme is proposed to be implemented in the East African community in seven countries and will then be scaled up to seven other economic zones across Africa,” he said.

Under the programme, 20 demonstrated and validated Indian technologies and innovations are expected to be adopted over a period of two years.

“The joint ventures created with Rwandan partners can deliver many sustainable social enterprises that will stimulate economic development in Rwanda,” he said.

“The programme aims at creating an ecosystem wherein Indian innovations and technology enterprises will thrive and encourage business ventures from both sides,” Ansari said.

Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived on February 19th in the Rwandan capital on the first leg of his five-day two-nation tour which will also take him to another East African country Uganda. He was received at the Kigali International Airport by President of the Senate Bernard Makuza.