Rajya Sabha has, for the first time in 76 years since it came into being, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a foreign counterpart for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu, has, in the process, become the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign such an agreement when he inked an MOU with the visiting President of the Senate of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Bernard Makuza.
The MOU with 6 articles of cooperation seeks to promote;
- Inter-Parliamentary dialogue,
- Capacity building of parliamentary staff,
- Organisation of conferences, forums, seminars,
- staff attachment programmes,
- workshops and exchanges,
- Collaboration in mutual interest in regional and international multilateral parliamentary bodies in furtherance of bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.
The three Senator delegation from Rwanda led by Shri Makuza is the first such a delegation exclusively from the Upper House of any country to visit India.
Shri Naidu complimented the people and the Parliament of Rwanda for having 60% of women legislatures. He also congratulated ‘Rwanda’ for being elected as the Chair of the African Union in January this year and for successfully hosting in capital Kigali of the Assembly of the African Union in March that resulted in the signing of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement.