Why Modi is inviting East African leaders to India

Next week, Presidents of Kenya and Rwanda, two of the best African economies of 2016 will be in India on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose appetite for African partnership saw him commit $10.6 billion to the continent in 2015.

Uhuru Kenyatta will pay a State Visit to India from 10-12 January 2017 during which he will hold official talks with his host. The Kenyan president is also expected to attend a business forum in Delhi during the visit.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame will be in India a day before Kenyatta. During his working visit slated for January 9-12, 2017, Kagame and Modi will hold official talks. The Rwandan president will also be addressing a National Business Seminar on Rwanda.

Both East African leaders will attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit where Rwanda will participate in the Global Trade Show 2017.

The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit has over the past 14 years become a unique forum for exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge, networking, exploring business opportunities and signing cooperation agreements and partnerships.


At the India-Africa summit in October, 2015, the Indian Prime Minister Modi called for a partnership of prosperity between India and Africa, saying “India and Africa must rise together”. He has seized the opportunity of having the Summit which he started in 2003 when he was chief minister of Gujarat, to invite his partners in Africa as he seeks to strengthen India’s foothold on the continent.