Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be gifting 200 cows to villagers in Rwanda, during his maiden visit to the East African nation.
Ahead of his five-day visit to Rwanda, Uganda, and South Africa the host for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that PM Modi will be participating in an event titled “Girinka” (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme of Rwanda personally initiated by President Paul Kagame, which mandates one cow per household.
Reports suggested that the cows will be locally sourced and gifted to the families as a part of the Girinka programme. Under the programme, the first female calf born from the cow is gifted to the family’s neighbour.
In Uganda, PM Modi will be delivering a keynote address at the Parliament, thus becoming the first Indian PM to do so. The visit to Uganda will be followed by his visit to South Africa for the BRICS summit.
He will be holding meetings with his South African counterpart and participating in bilateral meetings with heads of member countries of the BRICS.Earlier on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrived in Rwanda on a two-day visit.
India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Africa which are cemented by robust development partnership and a large presence of the Indian diaspora.
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- the MEA said.