India donates 200 cows to Rwanda towards social protection
Written by: Jacqueline Kabagwiza
Monday, July 23rd, 2018, 8:40
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced at today's joint press conference with his counterpart Paul Kagame that his country has brought 200 cows to support a social protection programme where each one poor Rwandan family gets one cow under the Girinka Programme..
Modi arrived in Rwanda this evening and was received by President Paul Kagame and the First Lady at Kigali International Airport before they proceeded for a one-on-one meeting at the Village Urugwiro, Rwanda’s State House. Rwanda has been his first leg on his African tour on his way to the BRICS Summit in South Africa via Uganda.
PM Modi said that he will open soon an Indian embassy in Rwanda to strengthen cooperation
“The President himself came to receive me at the airport. This special gesture is a sign of respect for entire India,” PM Modi said and added, “India & Rwanda relationships have stood the test of time. It is a matter of honour for us that India has stood with Rwanda in their economic development journey.”
“In the days to come we hope we shall upgrade cooperation” said PM Modi.
President Paul Kagame was optimistic that the Indian embassy in Rwanda will bolster cooperation between the two countries.
"We look forward to welcoming the new High Commissioner of India the first with residence in Kigali. This will further strengthen our existing good bilateral relationship" Kagame
"India’s global leadership is also greatly valued in Africa, notably on technology, innovation, and international peacekeeping. Rwanda working with other African countries, we are looking forward to strengthening our collaboration in these and other areas," added Kagame.
Kagame said the contribution of India and Rwanda to peacekeeping had gained global significant.
"On the global stage, Rwanda and India share a commitment to peace and security as major troop contributors to United Nations peacekeeping missions," the President said.
On Tuesday, the two leaders will travel to Eastern district of Bugesera to deliver the cows to the beneficiaries. PM Modi is also expected to visit Kigali Genocide Memorial.
India is Rwanda’s partners in education, health, tourism, trade and technology among others with vast investment in the last decade.