“Congratulations Prime Minister Narendra Modi on your re-election and the faith the people of India have rightfully placed in you. My very best wishes of success to you and the nation of India. We remain committed to the productive relationship between our two nations and people,” reads his message in a tweet.
This follows outcomes of elections held yesterday where Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a crushing victory. Results so far show the party is set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, exceeding expectations and building on the commanding majority it achieved in 2014.
Rwanda, India relations date back in 1999 when Rwanda set up consular office, in New Delhi and commissioned the first ambassador to India in 2001.
In July 2018, Narendra Modi held the maiden visit to Rwanda that took him to Kigali Genocide Memorial and Rweru model village in Bugesera district where he donated 200 cows to support Girinka Munyarwanda program.
Rwanda hosts about 3,000, Indians in different businesses. Last year, Rwanda approved Oscar Kerketta to represent India to Rwanda as an ambassador with residence in Kigali. He was the first with residence in Kigali as consular functions were previously assumed by India’s embassy to Uganda.
Rwanda and India enjoy vibrant relations in different areas. In 2011, India provided USD $ 80 million credit to Rwanda to build Nyabarongo I hydro-power plant generating 27 megawatt 27. Later in 2013, India donated to Rwanda USD $ 120.05 million grant to support irrigation project in Kirehe district, provided USD $ 81 million credit in 2016 to build vocational training schools.
In May 2018, both countries signed agreements worth USD $ 66.6 million credit to fund the construction of Base-Butaro-Kidaho road in Northern Province.
A total of 66 investment projects worth USD $$317 million from India between were recorded in Rwanda between 2011 and 2016. These include Airtel, Zinc Hotel and Mahatma Gandhi University.
Indians also invested in Gisovu Tea Factory, Imana Steel, Sahasra Electronic Pvt Ltd among others. The national carrier, RwandAir, operates four flights weekly to Mumbai since 4th April 2017.
Rwanda and India are among the top troop contributors to the United Nations peacekeeping missions.