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Virtual meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the newly elected President of Seychelles of Indian origin

Virtual meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the newly elected President of Seychelles of Indian origin

Recently Indian Prime Minister and President of Seychelles, Wavell Ramkhelavan, attended a high-level event organized virtually.In this event, the two leaders jointly inaugurated a new Magistrate Court building in Seychelles.

It is to be noted that Seychelles has a central place in the Prime Minister’s concept of “SAGAR” (Security and Growth for All in the Region)

Seychelles has been given, a 50-m fast patrol vessel (Fast Patrol Vessel) and a solar power plant with a capacity of one MW by India.Along with this, several Indian projects have also been inaugurated jointly in Seychelles.

Implications of fast patrol vessel given by India:

  • India gifted Seychelles a indigenously built Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) for anti-smuggling and search and rescue operations of Rs. 100 crore.
  • It has been built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineering, which is 4.9 meters in length and can cover 1500 nautical miles with a speed of 35 knots.
  • Because India is committed to the security and development of the Indian Ocean, India is looking at a strategy to encircle China in the Indian Ocean through this ship.
  • The objective of India delivering this ship is to strengthen maritime security through aircraft and patrol vessels.
  • It can also be used in operations of anti-smuggling, patrolling and anti-poaching apart from search and rescue.
  • This is the fourth ship of its kind to be given to Seychelles, which is completely built in India.The first patrol vessel was given in the year
  • India is building a military base in Seychelles at a cost of $ 550 Through this army base, India can keep an eye on the Mozambique Channel.

Programs launched by India in Seychelles

  • The new building of the magistrate in Mahe, Seychelles has also been inaugurated with a grant of $ 5 million from India. The new court building is India’s first major project on civil infrastructure in Seychelles.
  • India has supplied 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by India along with essential medicines to Seychelles. Seychelles is the first African country to receive COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by India.
  • The Government of India, under grant-in-aid, is running a program called ‘Solar PV Demonstration Project’ in Seychelles, under which the Government of India will set up a solar power plant in Seychelles.
  • Under this program, India has built a 1 MW solar power plant (ground-mounted solar power plant) located on Romainville Island, Seychelles.

Source – PIB

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