Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took part in a high level virtual event with the President of the Republic of Seychelles H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan on April 8, 2021. Several Indian projects in Seychelles were inaugurated in the meet.
The ceremony included joint e-inauguration of the new Magistrates’ Court Building in Seychelles, handing over of a Fast Patrol Vessel to Seychelles Coast Guard, handing over of a 1 MW Solar Power Plant. 10 High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDPs) implemented by the High Commission of India, Seychelles, in collaboration with local bodies, educational, and vocational institutions in Seychelles, were handed over in this virtual ceremony.
“India has always believed in a human-centric approach to development cooperation. This philosophy is reflected in the ten High Impact Community Development Projects being inaugurated today. These projects will bring positive change in the lives of communities spread across Seychelles,” said Prime Minister Modi in his remarks at the virtual inauguration.
According to a press statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the new Magistrates’ Court Building in the capital city Victoria, is India’s first major civil infrastructure project in Seychelles built with grant assistance. The Magistrates’ Court is a state of the art building which will substantially enhance the capacity of the Seychelles judicial system and aid in better delivery of judicial services to the people of Seychelles.
Moreover, the 50-m Fast Patrol Vessel, a fully equipped naval ship, has been made in India and is being gifted to Seychelles under Indian grant assistance to strengthen its maritime surveillance capabilities.
India also provided grant assistance for 1 MW ground-mounted Solar power plant at the Romainville Island of Seychelles as a part of the “Solar PV Democratization Project.”
Seychelles is an important country in India’s SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region initiative.
As per the press statement released by PMO, “The inauguration of these key projects demonstrates India’s privileged and time-tested role as a reliable partner of Seychelles for meeting its infrastructural, developmental and security requirements and is a testimony to the deep and friendly ties between the people of India and Seychelles.”