India in trade tie with African countries

Prime Minister of India Narendra Damodardas Modi (L) received by Uganda Minister of Foreign Affairs (R) Hon Sam Kutesa at Entebbe International Airport. (Photo credit presidential press units)

By Kidega Livingstone (Juba) and Martin Manyiel  (Kampala)

Over 100 Indian diplomats and invited South Sudan government officials including media houses officials yesterday had visual discussion between Prime Minister of India Narendra Damodardas Modi and Mr.Yoweri Museveni Kagutta President of Uganda.

The live event that was shown on a big screen at Indian embassy in Juba brought live discussion on business in the forum and bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Prime Minister Modi also addressed the Parliament of Uganda where he said India would take a lead in correcting “trade imbalance in Africa.”

“India is a policy driven governance. Investing in India is easy to everyone because we have fully exploited favorable condition for business. Therefore I came here to solve trade imbalance,” said Modi.

“Our effort will be driven by your priority and Africa will be at the top of our priority mostly in the area of agriculture,” he added.

Speaking to Juba Monitor after the event Indian Ambassador to South Sudan Mr. S.D. Moorthy said the Promised of Prime Minister to link India and Africa Countries would benefit South Sudan in term of Agriculture development and trading.

“The Prime Minister said India is ready to cooperate with all the African countries and South Sudan is among the selected countries in terms of sharing common interests especially in the area of agriculture improvement  and trading,” said Moorthy.

Amb. Moorthy said the coming of Prime Minister to Africa would encourage Indian community in Africa especially those in South Sudan to be with confident to invest in the Country.

According to Prime Minister Modi skills development was a priority in Uganda and other African because they want to move forward with youth in order to address the challenges of unemployment in Africa.

He said most of Africa Countries have great wealth of resources and rich heritage that attract more investors in the region.

In his part, President of Uganda Mr. Museveni Kagutta said that India and Africa Countries have a reliable relationship, he called on the Prime Minister to improve health care and build Uganda and India  Heritage  Centre in Jinja.

Prime Minister Modi was for a two days visit and he   will end his route to South Africa for the 10th Brazil,Russia,India,China and South Africa Submit (BRICS) that marked his five Days tour in Africa.

While on his arrival in Kampala, Prime Minster Narendra Damodardas Modi was received by the Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa and hundreds of Indian nationals who gathered at Kololo Independence to receive him.

Addressing reporters in Kampala, Mr. Modi appreciated the government of Uganda and its citizens for the warm reception as he leaves the country for a summit in South Africa.

In his two days visit to Uganda, the Indian Prime Minster agreed on a number of projects including a health care to fight Cancer in the country.

Mr. Modi pledged USD 200million and consent to construct Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Jinja at the source of the Nile to boost tourism.

Mahatma Ghandhi Recreational Center and 200 million dollars is expected to boost the economy of Uganda due to the big numbers of refugees it hosts.

President Kaguta Yoweri Museveni hailed the African and Indian nationalists who fought so hard against colonialism for the freedom of their people. He said he was glad to work with Modi to transform Less Developed Countries into first world countries.

The two leaders discussed the need for industrialization such as the construction of electricity transmission lines, the establishment of fruit and animal feed processing factory, shoe-making and local manufacture of solar-powered water pumps to support irrigation.

Mr. Museveni said to balance trade and industry the Prime Minister Modi had proposed three major interventions to boost the economy of Uganda and tourism was the first intervention agreed upon.

“We should encourage more Indians to visit Uganda and in the turn they bring dollars into the country that would promote prosperity and business activities,” Museveni said.

He appealed to the government of India to allow Uganda Airlines to have direct flights to Bombay (Mumbai) to boost trade and investment between the two countries.

According to President Museveni, there had been an imbalance trade between Uganda and India saying currently the country was importing less from India while exports were on rise.

“In 2014, Uganda imported goods and services worth $1.2b, but it has dropped to $736m. Our exports to India are worth $44m compared to $24m in 2015. And the third aspect is the generous offer by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a $200m credit to Uganda,” he said.

To enhance healthcare system in Uganda, Mr. Museveni said the Prime Minister Modi confirmed that Indian group of investors would come to invest in Uganda in health sector to reduce on rate of Ugandans seeking medical care abroad.

President Museveni hailed Indian nationals for choosing to invest in Uganda.

This marked the second visit of the Indian leader to Uganda. In 2007 Prime Minster Modi visited the country at the time he was yet a Chief Minister in one of the states in India.







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