The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Maputo, Mozambique saw the two sides ink a total of three agreements on – Drug demand reduction and prevention of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals and related matters ; Youth Affairs and Sports and for purchase of pulses from Mozambique.
Prime Minister visited the Centre for Innovation and Technological Development (CITD) at the Science and Technology Park at Maluana. The Centre provides key services, including classroom training in IT-related fields, and incubation space for tech start ups.
He interacted with students and encouraged them to share their experiences of working at the Centre. He also met alumni of Indian educational institutions.
"Our shared values, suffering and struggles provide a strong foundation to our strategic partnership"
Prime Minister Modi and President Zuma expressed satisfaction with the current status of bilateral relations but emphasised that there is still scope for the further strengthening and deepening of relations in the political, economic, scientific and socio-cultural spheres and it was agreed that frequent and sustained contact between South Africa and India in mutually identified areas will serve to maintain the momentum of the bilateral relationship.
In this regard, the comprehensive Strategic Partnership between South Africa and India, which was established through the Red Fort Declaration (March 1997), and reaffirmed in the Tshwane Declaration (October 2006), was hailed as an important mechanism that has contributed in the past to both South Africa and India achieving identified national objectives.
Both sides further committed to elevate efforts in achieving the goals set out in the Declaration noting that in 2017 the twentieth commemoration of the signing of the Red Fort Declaration will be celebrated.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding and one programme of cooperation being: • Memorandum of Understanding on ICT • Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Grassroots Innovation in the area of Science and Technology • Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism; • Programme of Cultural Cooperation
Prime Minister Modi, along with South African President Zuma, attended the India-South Africa Business meet to explore possibilities between the two countries for greater economic gains.
Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister said, "We were directed together by destiny; We are driven together by dreams"
"Nelson Mandela & Mahatma Gandhi brought political freedom.It is the time to work for economic freedom now"
"Our countries have marched on the path of development.We are important BRICS economies. People at home & world at large have great expectations"
"In staying true to वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्,you've cared for others. And,in so doing you've echoed SAfrican ethos of Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu"
During the brief but crucial visit to Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, Prime Minister Modi held extensive talks with President Dr. John Magufuli to chalk out the road ahead for bettering India-Tanzania relations in a wide range of areas and witnessed exchange of five agreements ranging from MoUs on Water Resource Management and Development; establishment of Vocational Training Centre; Visa Waiver for Diplomatic and Official Passport holder; an agreement between the National Small Industries Corporation of India and the Small Industries Development Organisation as well as providing a Line of Credit of $92 million for rehabilitation and improvement of water supply system in Zanzibar.
A group of about 30 "solar mamas" from Tanzania and a few other African countries demonstrated their skills in fabrication, repair and maintenance of solar lanterns and household lighting systems to the Prime Minister today. They also presented their honey-extraction and stitching practices and sung a song “we shall overcome”.
Barefoot College, Tilonia (Rajasthan) has been promoting and training rural women solar engineers (solar mamas) from Africa in fabrication, installation, use, repair and maintenance of solar lanterns and household solar lighting under Government of India supported programmes. They have set up a Barefoot women vocational training college in Zanzibar Islands of Tanzania and other countries in Africa for imparting solar electrification skills (training) and distributing solar kits to trainees. These colleges also support various entrepreneurial skills such as bee-keeping, tailoring, etc. The solar mamas have fabricated and installed solar kits, and now maintain these solar electrification systems in their communities.
Accompanied by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted his engagements in Nairobi, Kenya on 10th July 2016, addressing a gathering of about 20,000 Indian Community members at Kasarani Stadium.
“You are the true Ambassadors of India, the living embodiments of India's eternal values”
The two leaders reiterated their commitment to the continued expansion of excellent ties and to impart a fresh momentum for cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. Guided by the necessity to establish a solid framework to facilitate engagement between the two Governments, the seven bilateral instruments were concluded during the visit which included - MoUs on Defence Cooperation; Cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy Development and Management; Cooperation in the field of standardisation, expertise sharing and mutual trade between Bureau of Indian Standards and Bureau of Kenya Standards; exemption of Visa for holders of Diplomatic passports; Revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and a Line of Credit Agreement for US $15 million to IDB Capital Limited, Kenya, for development of various small and medium enterprises in Kenya and a Line of Credit Agreement for US $29.95 million to the Government of Kenya for upgrade of Rift Valley Textiles Factory (RIVATEX East Africa Limited), Kenya