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India donates $1 million for Swaziland’s National Disaster Management Agency

India donated US $1 million to support Swaziland’s National Disaster Management Agency as well as food grains. India also expressed commitment to developmental partnership to create local capacities Swaziland and across Africa. The commitment came after India’s President Ram Nath Kovind addressed Swaziland’s parliament, becoming first visiting Head of the State to do so. Indian President Kovind visited Swaziland on the second leg of his three-African nation tour which also included Equatorial Guinea and Zambia.

Key Takeaway from President’s visit

India will support Swaziland National Disaster Management Agency by donating US $1 million as well as food grains. India invited Swaziland to join International Solar Alliance (ISA) as partner country. India is ready to help Swaziland on issues of public health.

India will establish Centre of Agricultural Excellence in Swaziland for sharing its experience in the sector. President Kovind inaugurated IT Centre built with Indian assistance. India has offered to help in the construction of a Disaster Recovery Site for providing data backup at Swaziland’s National Data Centre.

India also announced concessional finance for constructing new parliament building in Swaziland. However, no details of the concessional finance were provided.

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President Ram Nath Kovind embarks on 3-nation Africa tour

President Ram Nath Kovind embarked on three-nation official state visit to African countries of Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Zambia from April 7 to 12, 2018. It will be first-ever visit by any head of state of India to Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland. Indian President’s visit to Zambia will be taking place after 29 years.

The visit will help to further deepen relations between three African countries. It will be overall President Kovind’s visit third visit to African continent since he took office. Earlier in March 2018, President had undertaken two-nation visit to Madagascar and Mauritius.

Key Highlights of President’s visit

Equatorial Guinea: The visit comes at invitation of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. President Obiang will also host fficial banquet lunch for President Kovind. Indian President will address the Indian community at a reception organised by Embassy of India.

Swaziland: President Kovind will be received by King of Swaziland, Mswati-III. He will hold delegation-level talks with the Swazi officials. President Kovind and King Mswati-III will jointly inaugurate Information Technology Centre located in Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP).

Zambia: President Kovind will be received by his Zambian counterpart Edgar Chagwa Lunguand. Later he will have delegation-level talks with Zambian side. He will also have interaction event with Indian community and addressing business event.

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