Relations between India and Rwanda are cordial. In 1999, India appointed a Honorary Consul in Kigali (Mr. Vinod Tharamal, Tel:00250-08300740 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 00250-08300740 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) In December 2002, President Paul Kagame paid a working visit to India. In January 1997, the Rwandan Foreign Minister visited New Delhi to attend the NAM Foreign Ministers Conference. In May 1998, the Rwandan Education Minister visited India. In April 2002, the wandan Foreign Minister visited India and signed a General Agreement on Cooperation. In April 2002, the Rwandan Minister of Commerce & ndustry visited India. In October 2002, the Rwandan Agriculture Minister led a delegation to India. The Rwandan Minister of Education isited India in July 2006.
Bilateral Trade Main items of Indian exports are drugs/pharmaceutical, transport equipment, plastics & linoleum products, machinery etc. Export figures during the period 2001 to 2003 are: Year Exports (US $ million) 2001 6.09 2002 6.42 2003 8.48
Technical and Economic Cooperation 5 slots are allotted to Rwanda under ITEC each year. CII and the Rwanda Chamber of Commerce signed an MOU on Business Cooperation in August, 1999.
Education and Cultural Cooperation Following the Rwandan Education Minister’s visit to India in May 1998, EdCIL (India) and the Government of Rwanda signed an MOU. As a follow up of this nearly 500 Rwandan students joined Indian universities. About 40 Indian teachers also joined various institutions in Rwanda. The Kigali Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) and the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), a private institute in Tamil Nadu signed an MOU in 2001 to facilitate training of KIST faculty members in VIT and deputation of teachers from VIT to KIST. VIT also signed an MOU with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research, Government of Rwanda on 4th December 2002 to provide education to Rwandan students in VIT in undergraduate, postgraduate and IT courses. An agreement was also signed between VIT and the Rwanda Ministry of Education, for establishing a Information and Communication Technology Institute in Kigali. ICCR offer one scholarship to Rwanda annually under the bilateral Cultural Exchange Program. A new Cultural Cooperation Agreement for the period 2005-2007 has been finalized.