India, S Africa sign MoUs on ICT, tourism

Pretoria: India and South Africa on Friday signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs), including two on information and communication technology and tourism. The MoUs were signed following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendara Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma here. The first MoU is on cooperation in the area of information and communication technology. Another MoU calls for cooperation in the tourism sector and is being seen as an important bid to improve people-to-people ties. A third MoU calls for cooperation in grassroot innovation in the science and technology sector. The two sides also signed a programme of cooperation in arts and culture. Modi arrived in South Africa from Mozambique on Thursday on the second leg of his four-nation tour of Africa. This is Modi's first official visit to mainland Africa and is also the first prime ministerial visit from India to South Africa since the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in 2013 for the G20 summit in Durban. Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, Modi will also visit Tanzania and Kenya.