Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic Five day visit to the Four African Countries in order to fortify the bilateral relationship with the developing African Countries. The Following countries were visited by Modi in the last five days, [From 7th July to 11th July]
|South Africa||Pretoria, Cape town||Jacob Zuma|
Prime Stress given in the Agenda:-
- Food security,
- Maritime cooperation and
- Diaspora interactions.
On the First day Modi visited Mozambique as per the schedule. India signed a long-term agreement for the import of pulses from Mozambique during Modi’s visit. The pact will help India tide over shortage of pulses in the country that has led to a spurt in prices.
Mozambique grows the commodity without much consumption. India’s cabinet last month had cleared a proposal to enter into an agreement with Mozambique for importing 100,000 tons of pulses in 2016-17 with an option to scale it up to 200,000 tons by 2020-2021.
Modi held wide-ranging talks with President Filipe Nyusi.
The leaders witnessed signing of 3 agreements in Maputo.
- An MoU for long term agreement for purchase of pulses from Mozambique,
- An MoU on drug demand reduction and prevention of illicit trafficking of drugs
- An MoU in the field of youth affairs and sports
India handed over 30 Mahindra SUVs to the Mozambique government, completing the delivery of $4.5 million grant assistance as part of supporting institutions in the African country.
Narendra Modi visited the Centre for Innovation and Technological Development at the Science and Technology Park at Maluana. This Centre provides essential services including classroom training in IT-related technologies and incubation space for startup technology.
Modi discussed with the students and encouraged them to share their experiences of working at the Centre and he also met alumni of Indian educational institutions.
It is noted that Modi is the first Indian head of government to visit Mozambique after 34 years. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the last to visit that country in 1982.
South Africa Visit:
On the second day, He visited South Africa. On arriving in Pretoria, Modi talks with South Africa President Jacob Zuma and addressed a gathering of business leaders.
In the second day evening, Modi addressed more than 11,000 members of the Indian community in Johannesburg calling the country the ‘karma-bhoomi’ of Mahatma Gandhi.
During this visit, Modi declared three important MoUs including
- An MoU on grassroot innovation in selected areas
- An MoU in including agricultural technology
- An MoU for indigenous knowledge systems
- And also in tourism and information and communications that were finalized as the leaders sat across to take the diplomatic and trade relations to the next level.
During his visit to South Africa, Modi invited defense businesses to set up a manufacturing base in India, which could service the domestic requirements of India and South Africa as well as for export to third countries.
PM Modi visited historical places related to Mahatma Gandhi in SA
Narendra Modi visited Phoenix Settlement, a place well known to be closely related to Mahatma Gandhi who had established it in 1904. This settlement portrays Gandhi’s principles of Satyagraha which has played a crucial role throughout his long history in promoting justice, peace and equality. Prime Minister plants a tree at this settlement.
Pentrich to Pietermaritzburg: PM retraces Mahatma Gandhi’s South African train journey
Earlier in the same day, Modi travelled in a train from Pentrich to Pietermaritzburg railway station, where Mahatma Gandhi was “dejected from a train in 1893 for refusing to obey an order to move from a first-class compartment to a third-class one because of his race”.
As a part of the plan, Modi visited Tanzania on the third leg of the tour plan.
India and Tanzania agreed to deepen overall defense and security partnership, especially in the maritime security.
India and Tanzania signed five MoU’s in order to fortify the bilateral relationships. They are as follows:-
- An MoU to work closely and efficiently to combat the twin threats of terrorism and climate change,
- An MoU as per which India would provide a Line of Credit of $ 92 million for rehabilitation and improvement of Zanzibar’s water supply system.
- Both country leaders expressed satisfaction on the holding of bilateral counter-terrorism consultations in early 2016.
- An MoU on water resource management and development.
- An MoU for establishment of vocational training centre at Zanzibar.
- An MoU on visa waiver for diplomatic/official passport holders and an agreement between the National Small Industries Corporation of India and the Small Industries Development Organization, Tanzania.
- Modi also offered $500 million of concessional credit for water supply connections to 17 cities in addition to an existing $100 million to Tanzania.
On the final leg of the tour, Modi visited Kenya.
Significant agreements includes
- An MoU on revised double taxation avoidance agreement,
- An MoU on Defense Cooperation, an agreement on exemption of visa facilities for official and diplomatic passport holders,
- An MoU between Bureau of Indian standards and Bureau of Kenya standards
- An MoU on national Housing policy development and management. India has extended two Lines of Credit to Kenya.
- An MoU for the line of Credit Agreement for US $15 million to IDB Capital Limited, Kenya, for the development of various small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya.
- An MoU for the line of Credit Agreement for the US $29.95 million to the Government of Kenya for the upgrade of Rift Valley Textiles Factory [RIVATEX East Africa Limited], Kenya.
- An MoU on Defense Cooperation.