Source: News Bharati English07 Jul 2016 09:46:44

New Delhi, July 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to tour four African countries starting from Maputo, the capital of Mozambique as he reached here on Thursday morning. This visit is considered as the first visit of Modi to Mainland Africa. He will be touring Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya in the coming days. This trip of Prime minister is considered to open a new chapter in India-Africa engagement. Modi took social media to convey that the visit will lead to closer engagement between India and these African nations for the benefit of the entire world.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Mozambique to double import of pluses to 2 lakh tonnes by 2020-21 has been approved by the cabinet. According to the reports, India will provide high-quality seeds and technical assistance to the African nation for the “import of pulses either through private channels or government-to-government sales through state agencies nominated by the two countries”.

In Maputo, Modi will hold restricted meeting with President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi. This will be followed by delegation level talks and signing of agreements. The signing of MoUs on Government to Government Purchase of Pulses, Civil Aviation sector, Cooperation for Youth in area of Sports and Prevention of trafficking of narcotics will take place during the official meeting. After the signing of the agreements, Mr Modi and Mr Nyusi are likely to give a joint press statement to media.

Modi will be meeting the president of National Assembly, Veronica Macamo. Following a visit to Center for innovation and technological development, in Maluana where he is also expected to interact with local students. In the evening, Mr. Modi will attend a reception organized by the Indian High commissioner in Maputo. The event is being organized to provide the Indian Diaspora an opportunity to interact with the Prime Minister. Around 600 participants are expected to attend the event.

Ahead of his tour, the PM today tweeted, “My programmes in South Africa will span across Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban & Pietermaritzburg.” “In Tanzania, I will hold talks with President Dr. John Magufuli, meet ‘Solar Mamas’ & interact with Indian community,” Modi tweeted.

Many crucial agreements and MoUs in the fields of Energy including gas, coal and solar energy, defence technology, maritime co-operation, mining, food security, sports and tourism among many others is expected to be signed during this visit. Modi is also likely to discuss this issue of broad agreement on the need of expansion of the UN Security Council.