President of Rwanda Mr. Paul Kagame paid official visit to India from 9-11 January 2017.
PM Modi and President Kagame discussed a wide range of issues covering bilateral relations, and India’s increasing engagements as a development partner for Africa.
Both leaders expressed satisfaction with the steady consolidation of bilateral relations, agreed to raise the level of cooperation to a Strategic Partnership and issued a Declaration to this effect.
India welcomed Rwanda as the 25th co-signatory country to Prime Minister Modi’s initiative of the International Solar Alliance.
Rwanda thanked India for the Vocational Training Centre for youth employment, commissioned in January 2015, in Kigali, under assistance from Government of India as part of decisions announced during the First India Africa Forum Summit process.
Prime Minister Modi and President Kagame expressed confidence that the development of Export Targeted Irrigated Agriculture Project and its expansion under India’s Lines of Credit of US $ 120 million would bring irrigation facilities to more than 41,190 hectares of cultivable land, and agreed to fast track its implementation.
President Kagame acknowledged India’s assistance in augmenting Rwanda’s electricity production with the commissioning of the 28 MW Hydroelectric Project on the Nyabarongo River under a Line of Credit of US $ 80 million.
Through lines of credit, India conveyed its readiness to support phase II of the Nyabarongo power project, Technical and Vocational Training Centres (TVET) and Huye-Kibeho road project. Prime Minister Modi further announced gifting of US$ 2 million of medicines and a cash grant of US$ 1 million for sourcing medical equipment from India.
The two sides noted with satisfaction signing of an Memorandum of Understanding on Forensic Sciences by the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University to support Rwanda’s National Police in modernizing Forensic investigations.
India welcomed the initiative of a direct Rwandair flight from Kigali to Mumbai. Both sides continue to work on concluding a Bilateral Air Services Agreement and an agreement for the exemption of visa for diplomatic and official passport holders.