boost to bilateral relations


India Reaches out to Seychelles

a boost to bilateral relations


  • India extended a $50-million line of credit and a $25-million grant to Seychelles during President Pratibha Patil’s three-day visit in a bid to forge economic and strategic ties with this island nation in the Indian Ocean. It has also offered to set up a mono rail project, a solar power cluster and a dam in this country of 116 islands.
  • An official said India would also help establish the financial and online service sector and the laying of an un­dersea optical fibre network by June.
  • In the field of environment protection and renewable energy, India would be setting up a solar power cluster. Besides, for promoting human resource devel­opment, it would reserve 41 slots or seats in various graduate, post-graduate and other programmes for students of Seychelles.
  • India would also promote infra­structure and public transport by con­ducting a feasibility study for a mono rail system on the main island of Mahe.
  • In defence cooperation, India had in February offered to provide one Dornier aircraft. It would also be setting up a Coastal Surveillance Radar System with the Automatic Identification Sys­tem through Bharat Electronics Limited within the next six to eight months. This would help track unidentified vessels in the seas, and help curb piracy.
  • Two agreements related to Youth and Sports Affairs and training of Seychelles police personnel by Bureau of Police Research and Development were also signed.



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