India-Rwanda sign three MoUs in innovation, aviation, visa requirements

| Updated: Feb 21, 2017 18:47 IST

Kigali (Rwanda) [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): India and Rwanda on Tuesday signed three MoUs for promoting innovation, easing visa requirements and boosting air connectivity between the two countries. The countries will soon set up an entrepreneurship development centre in Kigali while in aviation, Rwanda Air will start services to India in coming months and both countries will mutually exempt visa requirements. Addressing the India-Rwanda Business Forum organized jointly by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Rwanda Development Board in Kigali, Vice-president Hamid Ansari said India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Program is being launched to expand ties in Science, Technology and Innovation. "After this Pilot project, the programme is proposed to be implemented in the East African Community in seven countries and will then be scaled to seven other economic zones across Africa. Under the Programme, 20 demonstrated and validated Indian technologies and innovations are expected to be adopted over a period of two years. The joint ventures created with Rwandan partners can deliver many sustainable social enterprises that will stimulate economic development in Rwanda," he said. Vice-president Ansari said that this program aims at creating an ecosystem wherein Indian innovations and technology enterprises will thrive and encourage business ventures from both sides. "The Government of India also offers scholarships and fellowships to Rwandan students to enable them to pursue undergraduate, masters, post-graduate, and research courses in India under ITEC, ICCR, CV Raman Fellowship and Special Agricultural Scholarships. In addition to these, several short-term, fully-funded, training courses will be offerred to Rwandese nationals as part of the initiatives under the India -Africa Forum Summit," he added. He also said that India is ready to work with partners in Rwanda and other partners of Africa in transferring our experience in building an innovation driven economy in Africa. "The translation of ideas and innovations into practical applications will require the 3 Ds of Discovery, Development and Delivery. India has, over the years, developed certain expertise and skills in domains of low-capital intensive innovations," he added. Expressing confidence, he said the bilateral relations between the two countries will grow further with more frequent exchanges between businesspersons for mutual benefits. Vice President Ansari is on a five-day visit to Rwanda and Uganda. Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla and four Members of Parliament including Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi, Ranvijay Singh Judev, Ranee Narah and P.K. Biju are also a part of the delegation. During his visit, Vice President Ansari will hold discussions with leaders in the two east African nations on issues of bilateral interest. (ANI)