In a bid to boost the bilateral strategic ties, India has extended 200 million Dollar credit lines to Rwanda,
one of Africa's fastest growing economies. The move will help in strengthening cooperation in trade and agriculture sectors
of two countries.
Two lines of credit has been extended by India to Rwanda, 100 Million Dollar each for industrial parks
development in Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) and for agriculture development.
While the credit lines will help in boosting Rwanda's development, an agreement on defence is also signed
between two countries.
PM Modi, being the first ever PM of Indian to visit Rwanda, assured the host about India's plan to open a High
Commission in Rwanda. The mission will help in establishing communication between two countries while ensuring
consular, passport and visa.
Mutual agreements on leather, allied areas and agricultural research were also signed beside talks on strengthening
partnership in trade and investment, capacity building, development partnership and people to people ties.
Genocide Memorial visit by Indian PM is also scheduled to attend an event "Girinka", Grinika is a national
social protection scheme of Rwanda to provide one cow per family.
Why the visit is important ?
Rwanda, a landlocked country in central Africa has pulled itself up from the ravages of a civil war in the mid 1990s,
and would hope to retain stability with international support. That is why Rwanda would look forward to becoming an
important ally of India in the continent.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has also visited the small country a day before PM Modi, this indicates the importance of a
tiny African state located in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa.
India must not loose opportunity to make a hold in the region as China has already moved into the African continent in a
big way and intends expanding its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to cover Africa.