A major Defence treaty, 200 cows and $200million all signed and extended to Rwanda in just few minutes of Monday evening by India and in a space of less than six hours after signing 15 deals with China. This can only be described as soft power war by these global powers.
But these are the benefits of a super negotiator holding the African Union Chairperson position.
President Paul Kagame, who is also Chairperson of the African Union, has been a busy person since the arrival of Mozambique President that was followed by Chinese President.
Rwanda has another first again tonight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi set foot on Rwandan territory, becoming the first Indian premier to visit this country.
However, Rwanda and India have always enjoyed diplomatic ties dating back decades ago.
According to the Times of India, Modi’s two-day state visit to Rwanda — one of Africa’s fastest growing economies assumes significance as this is the first by an Indian premier.
Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral meetings with President Kagame, delegation level talks and meetings with the business and indian communites in Rwanda.
According to Modi’s itinerary, he will also visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
This evening India and Rwanda signed a Defence Cooperation agreement.
Two lines of credit – one of $100million for development of Industrial Parks and Kigali Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and another $100million for agriculture and irrigation have been signed.
Prime Minister Modi will drive all the way to Rweru model village and give away 200 dairy cows as contribution from India to the One-cow-per family (Girinka) initiative championed by President Paul Kagame.
The agreements signed this evening include areas of Defence, Diary cooperation, leather, Agriculture and culture.
Prime Minister Modi said that his country will continue contributing to Rwanda’s economic development in financial management, rural development, ICT and agriculture.
He said India is looking to deepen trade relations with Rwanda.