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Expanding African outreach: India names new envoy to Rwanda

IANS  |  New Delhi 

started its process of expanding its diplomatic and economic presence in by naming a new to on Wednesday.

In a statement, the said that Oscar Kerketta, in the here, has been appointed as India's new to

"He is expected to take up the assignment shortly," the statement said.

The announcement comes in the wake of Narendra Modi's announcement last month that will open 18 new diplomatic missions in this year with the first being a High Commission in

Till now, the Indian based in Kampala, Uganda, had concurrent responsibility for Rwanda.

Addressing the media along with Rwandan in on July 24, Modi highlighted the fact that Rwanda would house the first of the 18 new resident Indian missions to be opened in in 2018 and that this underlined the importance attached by to its relations with that East African nation.

Rwanda is emerging as a key nation for India's engagement with Africa.

Addressing an India-Rwanda Business Forum in Kigali, Modi called for boosting economic ties between India and Rwanda while describing that country as the gateway to the whole of Africa.

"When you have come to Rwanda, don't think that you are confined within its boundaries," Modi told the gathering.

"You will find the gateway to the whole of Africa here," he said.

The country is home to around 3,000 people of Indian origin.

Rwanda hosted the Assembly of the in March this year where the African Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA) establishing the African Free Trade Area was signed. Forty-four members of the signed the Agreement.

When ratified, the Agreement would be the largest free trade area in terms of participating countries since the formation of the Trade Organisation.



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First Published: Wed, August 01 2018. 21:28 IST