Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with visiting President of the Senate of the Republic of Rwanda Bernard Makuza on inter-parliamentary dialogue, capacity building and cooperation. By theUnited News of India




With this, Mr Naidu became the first chairman of Rajya Sabha to enter into a MoU with his foreign counterpart for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue.
The MoU with six 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 to promote bilateral relations and friendship between the two nations.
The two leaders discussed issues of bilateral interest and the opportunities for cooperation for mutual benefit. Rajya Sabha Secretary-General Desk Deepak Verma and other senior officials were present during the discussions and signing of the MoU.
Mr Naidu complimented the people and the Parliament of Rwanda for having 60 per cent women legislatures. He also lauded Rwanda for being elected as the Chair of the African Union in January this year and for successfully hosting the Assembly of the African Union in Capital Kigali in March that lead to the signing of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement.
Mr Makuza explained the special role of the Senate of Rwanda in monitoring and punishing those responsible for the genocide policy in the country that resulted in the killing of about one million people and also overseeing implementation of the social justice programmes.

Mr Makuza is leading senator delegation from the Upper House on a three-day visit to India. The delegation members are Gertrude Kazarwa, Deputy Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Political Affairs and Good Governance , and Therese Kagoyire Vishagara, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security.