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India and Rwanda sign several MoUs

India and Rwanda on Monday signed eight agreements in the field of Defense, Cultural exchange programme, MoU in Cooperation in Leathers among others. 

The documents were exchanged following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendar Modi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Rwanda on the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour, becoming the first Indian premier to visit the East African country. Prime Minister’s aircraft landed at the Kigali International Airport where he was given a red carpet welcome by Rwandan President Paul Kagame who personally received him at the airport. He was given a ceremonial welcome at the Kigali Airport, Rwanda.

He will also visit the Genocide Memorial and participate in an event on “Girinka” or one cow per family, a national social protection scheme of Rwanda initiated by Rwandan president Kagame.

 An important element of the programme would be the prime minister’s visit to Rweru Model Village for gifting 200 cows as a contribution from India to the ‘Girinka’ scheme of Rwanda. Under ‘Girinka’, a social protection scheme of the Rwandan government personally overseen by President Kagame, poorest families are gifted dairy cows by the government and the first female calf born to the cow is gifted to the neighbour, thus promoting brotherhood and solidarity.


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