Narendra Modi First Indian Prime Minister To Visit Rwanda & Uganda
Date: 23-28 July 2018
Nations Visited: Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa
PM Narendra Modi completed his five day, three nation tour of Africa, arriving in Delhi on July 28. Modi visited Kigali, Rwanda and then went to Kampala, Uganda. Finally, he attended the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa where he also had bilateral meetings.
PM Narendra Modi’s Rwanda visit:
PM Modi met with President Paul Kagame and also with the Indian business community in the country. There were also delegation level talks. The Prime Minister also gifted 200 cows to a Rwandan village under the Girinka scheme. The scheme guarantees one cow for each Rwandan family and was instituted by Kagame. The PM also visited the Rwandan Genocide Museum.
PM Narendra Modi’s Uganda visit:
In Uganda, PM Modi met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. After the meeting, it was announced that India was opening $200 million credit lines for energy infrastructure in Uganda. The amount was similar to the credit India is offering Rwanda for economic development. The visit to the two countries comes days after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the region.
BRICS Summit 2018:
PM Modi attended the BRICS summit on the last leg of the tour. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were the member countries attending. The economic growth rate of this emerging block of nations is greater than the G7. The Fourth Industrial Revolution was a major theme of the conference, as was portable social development. PM Modi also met with Chinese President Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines. Besides them, also in attendance was the Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan.
Some Amazing Facts of visit:
- This was the 10th version of the BRICS summit and the second time it was being held in South Africa. The next summit is set to take place in Brazil, and the 2020 summit will be hosted by Russia.
- The term BRIC was invented by Goldman Sachs chairman of Asset Management Jim O’Neill. The first meeting of the grouping was held in 2009. South Africa joined a year later to make the final BRICS organisation.