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PM Modi gifts cows to 200 families in Rwanda

PM Modi gifts cows to 200 families in Rwanda

Prior to the meeting, the Rwandan president held a grand welcome ceremony for Xi, who arrived in Kigali on Sunday for the first state visit to the African country by a Chinese head of state. He earlier visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritius and Seychelles in 2015 and 2016.

Modi's arrival in the Rwandan capital took place a little more than 24 hours after Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit.

India has increasingly been looking at Rwanda as an important partner in Africa, on par with traditional "friends" like Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

The two leaders noted that although the trade volume between Uganda and India stands above US$700 million, Uganda's exports to India were US$44 million a year ago adding that they had agreed to do all it takes to bring about favourable terms of trade so that both countries can mutually benefit from each other. Rwanda is listed in the first phase of a new slew of embassies that will be opened in Africa.

After witnessing the signing with his guest, President Kagame said that Rwanda and India have a special bond. "I thank President Paul Kagame for accompanying me", he said.

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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.

The two countries signed agreements on leather and allied areas and agricultural research.

He said people in India too would be pleasantly surprised to see the cow being given such importance as a means of economic empowerment in villages in faraway Rwanda.

Furthermore, India will donate a Bhabhatron Cancer Therapy machine to assist Uganda's efforts towards eradicating the malaise of cancer, and also boost agriculture with 100 solar power irrigation pumps.

"I got a glimpse of rural life in Rwanda during the memorable visit to Rweru model village".

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says plans are underway to build a Gandhi Heritage Centre at the sacred site in Jinja District in eastern Uganda. Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari had visited Uganda in February previous year.

"We are pleased that an Indian business delegation has accompanied the Prime Minister".

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.

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.

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