Minister Dr. Agnes Matilda Kalibata of Rwanda and Minister Harish Rawat of India on January 22, 2013 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), that will see the promotion of agriculture and sharing of experiences between the two countries.
The signing took place in New Delhi where the Minister had been invited to sign the MoU of Cooperation in Water Resource Management with a focus on irrigation and capacity building.
The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the Rwanda High Commissioner to India, Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza and Indian Government Officials.
In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Rawat commended the progress made by the Government of Rwanda and reaffirmed India’s commitment to continue working with Rwanda as a genuine partner in development.
While Dr. Kalibata thanked the Minister for his hospitality and commitment to strengthening sectoral cooperation and benefit the government’s agenda of modernizing agriculture as envisioned in the Vision2020 development programs
The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has had a long history of successful collaboration and partnership with the Indian Government where several staff of the Ministry as well as those in local government has undertaken long and short term training in India.
In the meantime, the Indian High Commissioner to Rwanda – with residence in Kampala, Soumen Ray visited Minagri offices in Kigali, shortly after presenting his credentials to His Excellency the President of Rwanda.
He held discussions geared towards strengthening the already existing high level cooperation between the Government of India and the Ministry.