India and Seychelles enjoy warm and friendly relations between them

In the last leg of his three-nation tour, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will land in Seychelles on Friday on a two-day bilateral visit.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, during his visit, EAM Jaishankar will call on the island nation’s newly elected President Wavel Ramkalawan and present him greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

EAM Jaishankar, as per the MEA, will also discuss with him the priorities of his government and avenues for further strengthening India-Seychelles bilateral relations.

India and Seychelles enjoy warm and friendly relations between them; since the introduction of the multiparty democracy in 1993, all governments in Seychelles have followed an ‘India First’ policy.

Seychelles was the first destination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Indian Ocean tour in 2015 after which he also visited Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

This was the first Prime Ministerial level visit to Seychelles after a gap of 33 years.

India has tried to broad base its relationship through our development cooperation and assistance in the form of grants and concessional loans.

Out of the 5 national priority projects, India’s support for the 3 projects has been publicly announced during the visit of the President of Seychelles to India in June 2018.

The 3 national priority projects (NPPs) – construction of a new government house (USD 63.66 Million), police headquarters (USD 13.92 million) and Attorney General’s office (USD 13.38 million) are being implemented.

A Magistrate Court building project is under construction in Seychelles. India has extended a cash grant of US$ 3.5 million in June 2017 for the project.

The project began in September 2018 and the construction was completed in October 2020.

Phase 1 of the High Impact Community Development (HICDP) is currently under implementation in Seychelles under the Government of India’s grant assistance.

19 projects out of the 33 projects have been completed. The projects have been widely welcomed and appreciated in Seychelles and have enabled us to reach out to the public at large with people-oriented works.

A project for installation of 1 MW ground mounted Solar PV system at Romainville Island is currently underway and nearly complete.

Seychelles was among the first few countries to receive support from India in the fight against COVID-19 which included over 4 tonnes of life saving medicines including 50,000 tablets of HCQ.