India to Extend Over $400 Million Line of Credit to Uganda, Rwanda

President Paul Kagame meets with visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi in Kigali Monday evening

President Paul Kagame meets with visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi in Kigali Monday evening

PM Modi is on a five-day, three-nation tour of Africa.

Modi will also address the Ugandan Parliament, the first time an Indian prime minister will do so, and also announce lines of credit of Dollars 205 million (759 billion Shillings) for electricity transmission and agriculture projects, according to a statement released by TS Tirumurti, the Indian secretary for Economic Relations.

President Kagame in his remarks said that Prime Minister Modi's visit represents a milestone between the long standing friendship and cooperation between Rwanda and India.

The announcements came during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Rwanda, the first by an Indian prime minister to the country.

The word Girinka can be translated as "may you have a cow" and describes a centuries-old cultural practice in Rwanda whereby a cow was given by one person to another, as a sign of respect and gratitude, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Modi, who plane arrived hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping left Kigali after a two state day visit, was greeted on the tarmac by President Kagame and senior officials, and accorded a ceremonial welcome at the airport.

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, agreed here Monday to further promote bilateral cooperation in a bid to bring more benefits to the Chinese, Rwandan and African people.

President Kagame and Indian PM Modi hold bilateral meeting with their delegations in Kigali Monday evening
President Kagame and Indian PM Modi hold bilateral meeting with their delegations in Kigali Monday evening

He says Rwanda, is now viewed on par with traditional "friends" like Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

He spoke highly of China's valuable assistance for Rwanda in such areas as infrastructure construction, agriculture and education, adding that China's helping hand has made positive contributions to his country's reconstruction and livelihood improvement.

In Uganda, the red carpet was rolled out for Modi who in 2007 visited when he was a minister. One which is of $100 million for industrial parks and nearly a similar amount for agriculture and irrigation.

In 2006, Rwanda government launched the Girinka programme, under which the State gifted one milch cow to every poor family. His first, in Rwanda on Monday, witnessed the signing of a clutch of agreements, spanning agriculture to defence, between the two countries. Uganda has over 30,000 Ugandans of Indian origin, many of them from Gujarat.

Moving on to South Africa on July 25, Modi will be travelling to the country for the first time since President Cyril Ramaphose took over this February.

In their talks, the two leaders also spoke highly of the growth of bilateral ties over the past 47 years since their countries established diplomatic relations.

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