PM Modi has embarked his five-day visit to three African countries – Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa and is currently at his second destination Uganda, after Rwanda – where he gifted 100 cows and extended USD 200 million lines of credit to the African nation while talks with Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda.
Ahead of the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had declared how Africa is the “top priority for India’s foreign policy” and a strategic schedule of the visit was designed by the MEA. The Prime Minister completed his first leg of the trip to Rwanda and became the first ever visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister. During the Rwanda trip, he gifted the nation 200 cows and also offered USD 200 million lines of credit during one-to-one meeting with President Paul Kagame.
Besides meeting on one-to-one and delegation levels, PM Modi visited the Genocide Memorial and took part in the “Girinka” event, a national social protection scheme of Rwanda stressing on keeping one cow per family initiated by Paul Kagame. Currently, Modi is in Uganda for two days – from July 24 to 25 and again became the first Indian Prime Minister to have visited Uganda after a period of more than 20 years. Modi is scheduled to deliver a speech in the Parliament of Uganda and later hold bilateral meeting with Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President followed by the BRICS summit and other BRICS-related meetings.
Following Uganda, Modi will finally visit South Africa to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit from July 25 to 27. Matters like inclusive growth, health and vaccines, peacekeeping, and sustainable development will be the core agenda during the BRICS summit. But beyond BRICS, Modi’s visit will strengthen India’s relations with the Africa, which forms a major part of India’s foreign policies.