- At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame, Prime Minister of India, H. E. Shri Narendra Modi undertook a State visit to the Republic of Rwanda from 23-24th July 2018. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation including senior officials of the Government of India. A large business delegation from India was also present for the visit. This was the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Rwanda.
- President Paul Kagame visited India in 2017 on Official visit and to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat and in 2018 for the Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance respectively. The Vice President of India visited Rwanda in 2017.
- Prime Minister Modi was accorded ceremonial welcome on arrival. During the visit, he held bilateral discussions with H.E. President Paul Kagame at the State House, Kigali on Monday, 23rd July, 2018. A state Banquet was hosted in Honour of PM by the President.
- Prime Minister’s programme included bilateral delegation level talks, interaction with the Indian community and addressing a business event jointly organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) and Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Prime Minister also visited the Gisozi Genocide Memorial and laid a wreath on the memorial of victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi . On 24th July, the Prime Minister participated in an event in Rweru Model village outside Kigali under ‘Girinka programme’, a social protection scheme of one cow - one family and gifted cows as a contribution from India to the Scheme. This gesture was greatly appreciated
- During the talks, both leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation and expressed satisfaction at the excellent relations between Rwanda and India in the overall context of Strategic Partnership. Prime Minister Modi highlighted the fact that Rwanda was the first of the new resident Indian Missions to be opened in Africa in 2018, underlining the importance attached by India to its relations with Rwanda. President Paul Kagame welcomed this development. Recalling the recent visit of President Kagame to India to participate in the Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance in March 2018, Prime Minister Modi appreciated speedy signing and ratification of ISA Treaty by Rwanda. He also expressed admiration for the remarkable growth and transformation of Rwanda under the leadership of President Kagame. Prime Minister Modi complemented President Kagame for the important role played by him as African Union Chair in finalizing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement that has been signed by 44 countries. He expressed hope that his leadership will guide the African Union in furthering economic integration of the Continent. He indicated India’s willingness to continue to strengthen relations with African Union.
- President Kagame thanked India for the robust Development Cooperation with Rwanda and, indeed, with other African countries. Rwanda has benefitted from projects implemented under the Indian Lines of Credit through EXIM Bank, of nearly $ 400 million (Hydropower, Agriculture, Skill Development, Infrastructure), several grant projects (VTC, Solar Electrification) and from training and scholarship programs (ITEC, ICCR, IAFS). He also expressed desire to replicate some of India’s initiatives for Digital Inclusion in Rwanda. He commended India’s leadership in spearheading the establishment of the International Solar Alliance.
- Prime Minister announced the setting up of a Task Force in the field of digital education including the provision of an e-library. This was appreciated by President Kagame, in view of the benefits it would bring to the education sector of Rwanda.
- Prime Minister suggested long-term business visa and work permit for Indians and President Kagame assured that he would look into the matter to facilitate easier travel for Indian investors to Rwanda.
- Following the talks, both leaders:
- Reiterated their commitment to increase bilateral trade and investment;
- Agreed to encourage greater people to people exchanges;
- Agreed to strengthen cooperation in the area of UN Peacekeeping as two large contributors of UNPKF in Africa,
- Agreed to consider exploring cooperation in the energy sector,
- Agreed to enhance cooperation in the health and education sectors; and
- Decided to share experience and expertise in promotion of tourism
- Both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed that there can be no justification for any act of terrorism, irrespective of motivations, wherever and by whosoever committed. In this context, both leaders underlined their shared concerns on the menace of cross-border terrorism and stressed the importance of international efforts to prevent and fight terrorism.
- The leaders reiterated their commitment to intensify their cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral Institutions in order to address current global challenges such as climate change and to foster international and regional peace and security, sustainable development.
- The following MoUs/Agreements were signed during the visit:
- MoU on Defence Co-operation.
- Bilateral Trade Agreement.
- MoU on Dairy Co-operation between ICAR (National Dairy Research Institute), India and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board, Kigali.
- MoUbetween Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), India and National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), Rwanda.
- MoU on Cultural Exchange
- Amendment to the MoU on Cooperation in Agriculture and Animal Resources
- LoC agreements of US$ 100 million for development of Industrial Parks and expansion of Kigali SEZ.
- LoC agreements of US $ 100 million for financing components of its Agriculture Project Schemes.
- During the Visit, Prime Minister Modi made the following announcements:
- Gifting of US $200, 000 to Rwanda to support the Girinka Programme of Government of Rwanda.
- Gifting of 100,000 books of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and to provide support for digitalization and online access of education books and related learning material.
- Setting up of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre in Kigali which would provide training to youth of Rwanda for enhancing their skills in a variety of sectors.
- Fully funded 25 slots for short term- training in the field of Dairy production and processing.
- Contribution of US $10,000 each to the Gisozi Genocide Memorial in Kigali and the Imbuto Foundation run by the First Lady of Rwanda towards the Foundation for the education of the girl child.
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi thanked President Mr. Paul Kagame for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation during the stay in Rwanda and invited President Kagame to visit India.
Nation voices its support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 as both houses of the Parliament pass the Bill
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is the first explicit acknowledgement of the civilizational commitment of the Indian republic. Well done and thank you, @BJP4India.— Ashish Dhar (@Infinitchy) December 11, 2019
You supported #demonetisation because you, like the govt genuinely did, believed there was a lot of black money around and somebody needed to sort it.— Kamlesh K Singh (@kamleshksingh) December 11, 2019
You support #CAB now because you genuinely believe, so does the govt, there a lot of illegal immigrants & this needs sorting.
Modi 2.0:— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) December 11, 2019
POCSO death penalty.
Increased vehicle fines.
UAPA to defeat terrorism.
Article 370 gone. Ladakh a new UT.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir
December: #CAB2019 for persecuted refugees!
This man uses the best planner software in the world. Otherwise how meticulously and miraculously manifesto items are getting ticked one by one. Delivering what is promised 🙏 https://t.co/tYDHNP886J— Prince Zuko (@sriharshakb) December 11, 2019
वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम. Passing of CAB in Indian Parliament shows India has not forgotten its values. Jai Hind🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳#CitizenshipAmmendmentBill2019 #CAB2019 @narendramodi @AmitShah Congrats ,👏👏👏 https://t.co/PbhJG8FSBR— Pawan Kumar Pattnayak (@rckrocks) December 11, 2019
Heart-warming visuals after the passing of CAB!— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) December 12, 2019
If there is one video which shows how important CAB is to thousands of oppressed people, this is it!#CitizenshipAmmendmentBill2019 pic.twitter.com/aecOLX7kyf
#CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 passed in Rajya Sabha: 125 - 105.— Advaita Kala / अद्वैता काला (@AdvaitaKala) December 11, 2019
A challenging but moral argument to make HM @AmitShah for the protection of persecuted minorities post partition
India keeps its tradition of opening its doors to those persecuted for their religious beliefs
Another promise, fulfilled. Our gratitude to #Modi, #Amit_Shah & the entire BJP leadership. We gave U a massive mandate, & are extremely happy to see the way you have been respecting it. Thank you for being a govt, of the ppl, by the ppl, & for the ppl.#CAB2019— Kavi🇮🇳 (@kavita_tewari) December 12, 2019
The @narendramodi government made first moves to amend Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 & Foreigners Act, 1946 way back in Sept 2015. #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 was introduced in LS TWICE - 2016&Jan 2019. Failed due to RS numbers. We now have it!— Kartikeya Tanna (@KartikeyaTanna) December 12, 2019
Amazing persistence! 🙏
Under Clause 6 of the accord, the government under your strong leadership has been working to enact constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.Kudos— Dr.Swapneil B.Mantri (@drsbmantribjp) December 12, 2019
India is transforming under the Modi Govt.
Did you know the per capita consumption of steel has increased from 57.6 kg. to 74.1 kg during the last five years.— Ashu (@muglikar_) December 11, 2019
This is because of increased housing and infra push by the govt.
This number will reach 160kgs by 2030.
THIA IS HUGE— Good Governance 🇮🇳 (@sri9011) December 12, 2019
e-NAM starts bearing fruit..‘One Nation, One Market’
The e-NAM platform enables farmers to sell their produce directly or through commission agents.
1.66 cr farmers registered on e-NAM. Rs 86,572 crore transactions on e-NAM till Dec9.https://t.co/5b4n5t4hmT
Thanks for your kind support. Unimaginable and prompt service can change the mind set. Kudos to team Railways and thanks to @PiyushGoyal ji for bringing in these kind of facilities.— Akshat Bhatnagar (@imakshat_b) December 12, 2019
New AC local train🚉— Shalini Bajpai 👧 (@sbajpai2811) December 11, 2019
Indian Railways #NewYear gift to Mumbaikars!
This new local train includes--
↔Passenger Information System
↔GPS-based information system
↔Automatic Door Closure @narendramodi @PiyushGoyal @transformIndia #BetterTomorrow #MakeInIndia pic.twitter.com/SK2Gr7j1Yq
Centre releases #PMKISAN funds to 43.20 lakh Andhra Pradesh farmers till November.— DINESH CHAWLA (@dinesh_chawla) December 12, 2019
This is what you can call "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas with Sabka Vishwas" that too, without any discrimination.
Kudos Team @narendramodi