Modi pointed out that Africa has 60% of the world's arable land, but produces just 10% of the global output, and promised that India will work with Uganda to improve Africa's agriculture
In a historic first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a packed Ugandan parliament. This makes him the first Indian prime minister to address the Ugandan parliament. Modi talked about topics from Mahatma Gandhi's 21-year stay in South Africa to bilateral business oppurtunities as the members sat enthralled. Here are the highlights of his speech
1. The PM of the largest democracy is speaking to the elected parliament of another sovereign nation.
2. Uganda is the 'Pearl of Africa'. It is a land of great wealth of resources and rich heritage.
3. Our ancient maritime links, the dark age of colonialism, shared struggle for freedom, uncertain paths as independent countries in a divided world, dawn of new opportunities and unity of aspirations of our young population connect us all.
4. Just as India and Africa fought colonialism together, we will work together for a just, representative and democratic global order that has a voice and role for one-third of the humanity that lives in Africa and India.
5. In opening the State House to the celebration of Deepawali, you have lit up the many strands of ties that bind us.
6. As we approach the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, there can be no better homage than the Centre to remind us of Africa's role in shaping his mission.
7. Some of the most profound changes to Africa came through Gandhian philosophy.
8. We will build a Gandhi Heritage Centre at the sacred site in Jinja, where a statue of Gandhiji now stands,
9. Africa has 60% of the world's arable land, but produces just 10% of the global output. We will work with you to improve Africa's agriculture.
10. Our development partnership will be guided by your priorities. It will be on terms that will be comfortable to you, which will liberate your potential and not constrain your future.
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Last Updated Jul 25, 2018, 8:45 PM IST