Kigali, July 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on two-day visit to Rwanda, said both countries have several opportunities to grow together. PM Modi was addressing a Business Forum in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
"India is growing exponentially but our mantra is 'Sabka saath sabka vikas'. We will grow but we will also help those grow, who are with us. We will walk together," said PM Modi.
"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 added.
The two countries have signed agreements in the fields of Defence, Trade, Agriculture, Leather and allied products and Dairy. India also extended two Lines of Credit of 100 million US dollars each - one for development of industrial parks and Kigali Special Economic Zone, and the other for three agricultural projects in Rwanda.
PM Modi and President of Rwanda Paul Kagame held wide-ranging talks and discussed measures to boost the bilateral strategic ties. Addressing a joint press conference, Mr Modi said, India will soon open a High Commission in Rwanda which will not only establish communication between the governments of the two countries but also enable facilities for consular, passport and visa.
The Prime Minister's visit to Rwanda is historic as Rwanda is viewed as an important gateway to Eastern Africa. India had elevated its bilateral relations with Rwanda to the level of a strategic partnership in January last year. The Rwandan President is the current Chair of the African Union.
PM Modi with President of Rwanda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame at a meeting, in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday, July 23, 2018.
PM's visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, in Rwanda on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
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.Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, in Rwanda on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (PIB Photo via PTI)
Memorial Centre has documents of 1994 genocide
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre: 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. (PIB Photo via PTI)