India to Open Embassy in Rwanda

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The Vice president of India has announced that his country will be opening embassy in Rwanda to boost bilateral ties.

The vice president of India, Hamid Ansari on his three day visit to Rwanda said that the Indian government has already taken up the matter and in coming weeks or months his country will have a resident mission in Rwanda.

While addressing the Indian community shortly after landing in Rwanda on February 19th, Hamid stressed that both countries have been on friendly footing for many years.

“We are great friends (India and Rwanda), and Rwanda has a good population of Indian community here…And, we have had a valid complaint of not having a resident mission in Kigali. So, I must tell you that the government has already taken up the matter and in coming weeks or months, we will have a physical presence of a resident mission here,” Hamid Ansari said.

Rwanda is home to nearly 3000 Indians most importantly engaging in roaring trade and running a wide range of factories.

According to Rwanda Development Board (RDB), bilateral trade grew to $526 million between 2011 and 2015.

Between 2011 and 2016, investments from India to Rwanda saw an increase to 66 projects valued at $317.5 million, which created over 3,800 jobs in telecommunication, hospitality and education areas.

The Indian Vice President leads a delegation of nearly 30 high-level business and ICT community. He is attending the business forum and exhibition connecting ICT experts from Rwanda and India today set to take place at Kigali Convention Centre (KCC).

The national carrier is set to begin direct flights four times a week to India starting April 3, which is expected to spur trade, investments, tourism and cultural exchanges between two countries.

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