Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Uganda today as part of his five-day, three-nation tour to African countries.
The Prime Minister's aircraft landed at Entebbe International Airport, marking the start of his two-day Uganda visit - the first bilateral tour by an Indian prime minister since 1997.
He was accorded a red carpet welcome at the airport. His programme in Uganda include, a call on President Yoweri Museveni, restricted and delegation-level talks, and participation at a India-Uganda joint business event.
PM Modi will also address the Ugandan Parliament, the first Indian prime minister to do so. He will also address an Indian community event here.
From Uganda, PM Modi will head to South Africa to participate in the BRICS Summit, whose theme this year is 'BRICS in Africa'.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi's Africa visit:
As we approach the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, there can be no better homage than a Centre to remind us of Africa's role in shaping his mission, says PM Modi.
In opening the State House to celebration of Deepawali, you have lit up the many strands of ties that bind us, said PM Modi
PM @narendramodi address at the Ugandan Parliament: I am deeply honoured by the invitation to address this august House. This honour has come to a Prime Minister of India for the first time. It is a great honour for the one point two five billion people of India. pic.twitter.com/loz58cNnvt- Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 25, 2018
The stage is all set for the first-ever address by an Indian Prime Minister at the Parliament of Uganda. PM @narendramodi, Ugandan President Museveni, Speaker of the Parliament and Members of Parliament seated in the House. pic.twitter.com/lSB5LOv2CY- Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 25, 2018
The focus of the talks with President @KagutaMuseveni included sectors such as defence, innovation, investment and tourism. Together, India and Uganda can make a meaningful contribution to humanity. pic.twitter.com/SB2odh9AKY- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2018
Four agreements signed between India and Uganda today- MoU on defence cooperation, MoU on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders,MoU on a cultural exchange programme and MoU on material testing laboratory pic.twitter.com/mEqRUBkWyL- ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
- He said that the two sides emphasised on trade, investment and tourism during today's talks.
- Inviting Indians to visit Uganda, he said that promoting tourism would go a long way in boosting bilateral trade.
- In this connection, he sought permission for Ugandan Airlines to fly to Mumbai.
- According to Mr Museveni, one of PM Modi's suggestions during the talks was for Indian companies to invest in Uganda's healthcare sector.
- "India will always support Uganda's economic development and nation-building efforts," PM Modi said in a joint address to the media.
- PM Modi said that both he and Mr Museveni will meet CEOs of both countries tomorrow.
- PM Modi also announced two lines of credit worth nearly $200 million for energy infrastructure, agriculture and dairy sectors.
- PM Modi said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that defence cooperation between the two countries is progressing well.
He said that Uganda always has been close to our hearts and will continue to stay so. He added that that cooperation between the two countries is growing and even in security matters our cooperation is progressing
A stately reception at the State House! President Yoweri Museveni. @KagutaMuseveni extends a ceremonial reception in honour of PM @narendramodi at the State House in #Kampala. pic.twitter.com/npijk7rIM7-Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 24, 2018
We want to boost economic ties between India and Rwanda. Our nations can do a lot together. There are several opportunities in rural development and small scale industries: PM Modi in Kigali #Rwandapic.twitter.com/CsHJ3JODsV-ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Uganda. He will meet President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni, hold delegation level talks and address a community event today. pic.twitter.com/KIK6yqsTlk-ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
The memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi -- the principal ethnic community in Rwanda, the PTI report says.
It includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the 1994 genocide.
There is also a children's memorial and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world. The education centre, gardens, and Genocide Archive of Rwanda contribute to a meaningful tribute to those who perished, and provide a powerful educational experience for visitors, according to the memorial's website.
Beginning the day on a poignant note! PM @narendramodi visits the Genocide Memorial Centre in #Kigali. The Memorial honours the victims of the worst excesses of violence. It is also symbolic of the admirable and exemplary process of reconciliation Rwanda has embarked upon. pic.twitter.com/Hsd9uax259- Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 24, 2018
The announcements came during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Rwanda, the first by an Indian prime minister to the country.
After his one-on-one talks with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, Modi announced that India will soon open its mission in Rwanda, the report said.
"I am delighted to interact with the Indian community in Rwanda. President @PaulKagame told me that the Indian community is contributing to Rwanda's progress and they are also doing lot of community service. I was happy to hear this," he said.
"All over the world, the Indian diaspora is making a mark. They are our 'Rashtradoots'," the prime minister said.
India extended $200 million lines of credit to Rwanda as 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 defence, trade and agriculture sectors."
The Indian community is making a mark all over the world and they are the country's "rashtradoots" (ambassadors), Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a gathering of Indians in Rwanda."
6pm: PM Modi to reach Kigali International Airport in Rwanda and get a ceremonial reception
6:45pm: PM Modi will hold one-on-one meeting with Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
07:15pm: PM Modi to hold delegation level talks with his Rwandan counterpart and others
8pm: Exchange of agreements and press statements
08:30pm: PM Modi to attend a banquet dinner hosted by the Rwandan President
09:45pm: PM Modi will attend a reception hosted by the High Commissioner of the Indian community in Rwanda
Embarking on a momentous journey to strengthen our historical bond with Africa! PM @narendramodi departs on a 3-nation tour to Rwanda, Uganda & South Africa from 23-27 July. This is PM's maiden visit to Rwanda & Uganda. In South Africa, PM will attend the 10th BRICS Summit. pic.twitter.com/K0uUkefrNn- Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 23, 2018