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Prime Minister Modi visits Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda

Prime Minister Modi also visited Revaru Model village in Rawanda and gifted 200 cows to villagers, under the Rwandan Government’s Girinka Programme. 

Under this scheme, poor families are gifted dairy cows and the first female calf born of the cow is gifted to the neighbor, thus promoting brotherhood and solidarity in the community. It is a social protection scheme run by the Rwandan Government.

The word Girinka can be translated as ‘may you have a cow’. It describes a centuries-old cultural practice in the country under which a cow was given by one person to another, as a sign of respect and gratitude. Prime Minister appreciated the Girinka Programme. 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. 

Prime Minister also interacted with villagers there. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister appreciated the Girinka Programme, and President Paul Kagame’s initiative in this regard. Prime Minister also suggested that India can help the Rwandan government in honey bee-keeping process under the Grinka scheme.

Earlier on Monday, India decided to extend USD 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with President Paul Kagame after his arrival in Rwanda. 

PM Modi was personally received by Rwandan President Paul Kagame when he landed in Rwanda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced that India will soon open its High Commission in Rwanda. 

A special gesture by a close friend and a strategic partner, Prime Minister Narendera Modi was personally received by Rwandan President Paul Kagame when he landed at the Kigali International Airport in Rwanda on the first leg of his three-nation tour on Monday. 

Following ceremonial welcome at the Kigali Airport in Rwanda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame followed a one-on-one meeting with delegation level talks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with President Paul Kagame and discussed measures to boost the bilateral strategic ties by strengthening cooperation in trade and agriculture sectors. India and Rwanda signed eight agreements, including two agreements to extend USD 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda.

The eight agreements included Amendment on the MoU on Cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Animal Resource, Agreement on Cooperation Defence on Capacity Building, Defence, Industry, Science and Technology, MoU on Cultural Exchange Program for the year 2018-22, MoU on Agricultural Research and Education, MoU on Collaboration in the Areas of Leather and Allied Sectors, two agreements for the credit line of 200 million dollars for the thee agricultural project and for Kigali Special Economic Zone. Besides, India also decided to open its High Commission in Rwanda.

Thanking PM Modi for his interest in Rwanda’s national social protection scheme, “Girinka”, Rwandan President said that African Continental Free Trade Area will provide better opportunity for trade and investment between the two countries. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also interacted with the Indian community in Rwanda. Prime Minister praised the Indian community for their contribution in development of Rwanda and for their community service. He said that the Indian diaspora is making a mark all over the world. PM said that govt has taken various reform measures, which is leading to a transparent system in India. 

Prime Minister also said that India is among the fastest growing economy in the world. PM also invited members of Indian community to visit Kashi on the occasion of Pravasi Bharati Divas in India.