Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

Remarks by PM at India-Seychelles High Level Virtual Event

  • I would like to begin by extending my warm greetings to President Ramkalawan Ji. He is a son of India, with his roots in Gopalganj district of Bihar.
  • Today, not just the people of his village Parsauni, but all Indians feel proud of his achievements.
  • His election as President shows the faith that the people of Seychelles have in his dedication to public service.
  • Friends, I fondly remember my visit to Seychelles in 2015. It was the first destination in my tour to Indian Ocean Region countries.
  • India and Seychelles share a strong and vital partnership in the Indian Ocean neighborhood. Seychelles is central to India’s vision of ‘SAGAR’ – ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’.
  • India is honoured to be a partner of Seychelles in the development of its security capabilities and in meeting its infrastructural and developmental needs.
  • Today marks an important milestone in our relations. We are meeting to jointly inaugurate several new projects completed under our development partnership.
  • Friends, A free, independent and efficient judicial system is vital for all democracies. We are happy to have contributed towards the construction of the New Magistrates’ Court Building in Seychelles.
  • This state of the art building has been completed even during these testing times of Covid-19 pandemic. I am sure that it will be long remembered as a symbol of our deep and abiding friendship.
  • 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.
  • Friends, India is committed to strengthening the maritime security of Seychelles. Today, we are handing over a new, state of the art, Made in India,
  • Fast Patrol Vessel to the Seychelles Coast Guard. This vessel will help Seychelles to protect its maritime resources.
  • Climate change poses a special threat to island countries. Therefore, I am happy that today we are handing over a One MegaWatt solar power plant in Seychelles built with India’s assistance.
  • All these projects reflect the development priorities of Seychelles, which is of growth with care for nature.