External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar commended the Indian community in Rwanda for their contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and spoke about India’s progress while interacting with members of the community here during his visit to the country from East Africa.
Jaishankar is in Rwanda to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from June 22-25. He will represent the Prime Minister of India at the Commonwealth Summit on June 24-25 and attend the pre-CHOGM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on June 23 in Kigali.
Jaishankar leads the Indian delegation to CHOGM, which had previously been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It was good to interact with the Indian community in Kigali last night. I spoke to them about the progress in India. I appreciated their contribution to the India-Rwanda relationship. I also met Indian participants in the events of the Commonwealth in Kigali,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.
Good to interact with the Indian community in Kigali last night.
Told them about progress in India. Appreciated their contribution to the India-Rwanda relationship.
Also met with Indian participants at Commonwealth events in Kigali. pic.twitter.com/UHU2mELCGI
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 23, 2022
Jaishankar also met Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo and discussed the impact of the conflict in Ukraine.
“So nice to meet my friend Raychelle Omamo from Kenya. Our discussions focused on the impact of the Ukrainian conflict on food, energy and fertilizer security for the countries of the South. We reaffirmed our continued cooperation within the UNSC”, he said in another tweet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Rwanda in July 2018 was historic as it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the East African country.
According to the website of the High Commission of India in Rwanda, there are approximately 3,000 Indian nationals and PIO (person of Indian origin) in Rwanda. Rwanda’s only sugar refinery, the country’s only modern textile factory as well as a soap and cosmetics factory belong to PIO.
India’s investments are in the tea sector by Luxmi Tea of Assam, a company based in Kolkata. TVS motorcycles are very popular in Rwanda. Airtel Rwanda is one of the major players in the telecommunications sector in Rwanda. Sahasra Lighting is also a key player in providing LED lighting and solar panels, he noted.
The government of Rwanda has a positive attitude towards the Indian community. During the 1994 genocide, no Indian nationals were killed or injured. The positive role that the Indian community plays in the Rwandan economy is well appreciated by the Rwandan government, he added.
The theme of the 26th CHOGM Summit is: “Delivering a Common Future: Connect, Innovate, Transform”.
Leaders of Commonwealth member states are due to deliberate on topical issues including global challenges such as – climate change, food security, health issues and are likely to adopt the following four outcome documents: the communiqué CHOGM; Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform; Declaration on Sustainable Urbanization and the Commonwealth Living Lands Charter: A Commonwealth Call to Action on Living Lands (CALL), the Department of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.
During the visit, Jaishankar is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Commonwealth member states and other visiting dignitaries, he added.
India is also one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth and has helped the organization with technical assistance and capacity building.
In 2018, India announced the establishment of a Commonwealth window, committing $50 million to development projects and assistance to developing Commonwealth countries.