Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has left for an important tour to three Africa countries – Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa will reportedly gift 200 cows to the villagers in Africa’s Rwanda. The cows will be handed over as a part of the African Govt’s initiative known as Girinka, in which a cow will be given to each family.
Modi’s gift to the east African country is meant as a contribution to Rwandan President Kagame’s flagship Girinka program, wherein the poorest get cows from the government and gift the first female calf to a neighbour in a bid to promote the virtual importance of brotherhood.
“The visit to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa will further strengthen our relations with the African continent,” the External Affairs Ministry said.
It is learnt that there have been 23 visits to Africa by the President, Vice President and Prime Minister in the last 4 years. From Rwanda, PM Modi will reach Uganda tomorrow which will be PM’s first bilateral visit to that country in 21 years. President Paul Kagame had initiated the scheme and also PM Modi is scheduled to give a speech in Uganda’s Parliament.
From Uganda, he will jet off to South Africa. PM Modi is expected to focus on cooperation in defence and agriculture during his visits to Rwanda and Uganda before he flies to South Africa for annual Brazil, Russia, India China, South Africa (BRICS) Summit.
This is not the first time that PM Modi is visiting mainland Africa. In 2016, he visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
(Inputs from IANS)