NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on a three-nation tour of Africa on July 22, visiting Rwanda and Uganda before visiting South Africa for the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa or BRICS summit. This will be the first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Rwanda, and the first such visit to Uganda in over 20 years.
Modi’s official engagement in Rwanda and Uganda include bilateral meetings with the Presidents, delegation level talks and meetings with the business and the Indian communities. In Rwanda, he will visit the Genocide Memorial and participate in an event on "Girinka” (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme initiated by President Paul Kagame. In Uganda, he will be the first ever Indian Prime Minister to deliver a keynote address at the Ugandan Parliament.
In South Africa, the Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with the South African President and will attend the BRICS Summit and other BRICS related meetings. Some Bilateral meetings with participating countries on the sidelines of BRICS meetings are also planned. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of Defence, trade, culture, Agriculture and Dairy cooperation are scheduled to be signed during the visit.
"Our engagement with Africa has clearly intensified over the last four years," Secretary (Economic Relations) T.S. Tirumurti told journalists Friday. "You would recall that we had received more than forty Heads of State and Government at the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit in October 2015 and several more Heads of State and Government during the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference in March this year in New Delhi. We have also had an unprecedented 23 outgoing visits to Africa in the last four years at Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Vice-President and Prime Minister level. Prime Minister himself has visited six countries and will visit 3 more now. Under our Africa Outreach initiative, we have had visits to all African countries at Ministerial level."