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

Aaron Brown
July 25, 2018

Modi will then leave for Kampala, Uganda, where he will become the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Ugandan parliament, and then on to South Africa to attend the Brazil-Russia-India -China -South Africa or BRICS summit before returning to New Delhi on July 27.

Officials said the cattle are sourced locally since they are adapted to the natural surroundings of the region, The Indian Express reported on July 17. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with President Paul Kagame and discussed measures to strengthen cooperation in trade and agriculture sector. Cow diplomacy with Rwanda, a major beef exporter Meanwhile, the BJP government's Gau Raksha programme today found diplomatic bonding with Girinka in Rwanda in Central and East Africa. The government claims the scheme has benefited almost 3.5 lakh families so far. The national social protection scheme was personally initiated by the Rwandan President. "Girinka is an ambitious projects that provides both nutritional and financial security to the poor", tweeted Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs.

Political analysts say the Africa visits by Modi and Xi are evidence of competition between the Asian giants for strategic space. The word Girinka can be translated as "have a cow" and describes a centuries-old cultural practice in Rwanda, whereby a cow was gifted by one person to another, either as a sign of respect or as dowry in marriage.

During the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will have a brief interaction with the Indian community in Rwanda where he will be accorded ceremonial reception, T S Tirumurti, secretary (Economic Relations) in the MEA, told reporters at a briefing. The memorial honors the memory of over one million Tutsis killed by the then Hutu majority government in 1994.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Indian community people during a community reception at Kigali, in Rwanda.

Modi will also present three cancer units, including a mobile one, to the Uganda Cancer Institute during his visit. This is his second visit to mainland Africa after he visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya in 2016. "Many of our products, including cars, smart phones, are sold today to countries from whom we used to import", the Prime Minister said amid applause.

India has extended Dollars 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda for its economic development, signed a defence cooperation agreement and will soon open a High Commission here as part of New Delhi's efforts to bolster the strategic partnership with the fast-developing East African country.

India will as well offer financial support worth United States dollars 929,705 for capacity building and creating a supportive infrastructure for East African Community (EAC) which is now chaired by Uganda.

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