Virtual Summit Between India and Seychelles

Seychelles is critical to India's Safety and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) vision.
Sheena

Updated: Apr 12, 2021 11:15:11 am

12 April 2021 Current Affairs:On April 8, 2021, the Prime Minister of India and the President of Seychelles held a virtual meeting.

Highlights:
♦ The inauguration happened for a new district court building on Mahe Island, a one-megawatt solar power plant costing US$3.5 million and US$3.4 million to build and 10 community development projects in Seychelles. All projects were built with the help of India.
♦ So far, India has accepted 29 people-oriented small development projects in Seychelles, and in addition to installing solar systems in 146 government buildings and homes, it has also built 1MW solar projects.
♦ The solar power plant will meet the electricity demand of about 400 houses throughout the year.
♦ India handed over a fast patrol ship (PS Zoroaster) to the island nation. The 48.9-meter-long patrol boat was built by the Garden Reach Shipyard and Engineering Company (under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defense) at a cost of Rs. 10 million, the top speed is 35 knots, and the endurance is 1,500 nautical miles.
♦ The ship will be used for multi-purpose operations such as patrols, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations, and search and rescue operations. India presented similar ships to Seychelles in 2005, 2014 and 2016.
♦ Seychelles is critical to India's Safety and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) vision. India is honored to be a partner of Seychelles to develop its security capabilities and meet its infrastructure and development needs.
♦ Safety and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) was launched in 2015. This is India's strategic vision for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Through SAGAR, India seeks to deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbors and assist it in establishing maritime security capabilities.

 
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