India, Rwanda boost bilateral ties, sign eight agreements

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame at a meeting, in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday, July 23, 2018. (PIB Photo via PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame at a meeting, in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday, July 23, 2018. (PIB Photo via PTI)

India and Rwanda, on Tuesday, signed eight agreements following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali.

After the one-on-one talks with President Kagame, PM Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the east African country, announced that India will soon open its High Commission in Rwanda.

Besides the one-to-one meeting, the two leaders also participated in delegation level talks to strengthen partnership in trade and investment, capacity building, development partnership and people to people ties.

The two sides signed MoUs on collaboration in the fields of defence, trade, agriculture, leather and allied products and dairy. India also extended two Lines of Credit of 100 million US dollars each – one for development of industrial parks and Kigali Special Economic Zone, and the other for three agricultural projects in Rwanda.

Prime Minister Modi assured Rwanda that India will continue to back the African country’s development. Rwandan President said PM Modi’s visit represents a milestone between the two nations.

The talks were held on wide ranging issues and measures to boost bilateral strategic ties were discussed.

PM Modi appreciated President Kagame’s contribution towards strengthening International Solar Alliance.

He also said that a task force will be set up between the two countries to enable digital learning mediums for children.

PM Modi also addressed the leading CEOs from India and Rwanda at a business event and said that though India is developing at a fast pace, “our motto is ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas'”.

PM reaffirmed India’s commitment to Rwanda’s quest for national development as he called for enhancing business ties with the fast developing East African country which he said holds the key of all the doors in Africa.

(With inputs from agencies)