President of Seychelles visit to India

On June 26,2018, The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received His Excellency Mr Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. He also hosted a banquet in his honour.

President of Seychelles visit to India India, Seychelles ink six agreements in several fields

On June 26,2018, Six MOUs were signed between various dignitaries of India and the Republic of Seychelles. Following table shows the MOUs:

S. No.MoU/AgreementIndian sideSeychelles signatory
1MOU between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles regarding Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of Small Development Projects through Local Bodies, Educational and Vocational InstitutionsShri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External AffairsMs. Pamela Charlette, Minister for Habitat Infrastructure and Land Transport
2Twinning Agreement on the Establishment of Friendship and Cooperation between the Corporation of the City of Panaji (Municipal Corporation) and the City of Victoria of the Republic of SeychellesShri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External AffairsMs. Pamela Charlette, Minister for Habitat Infrastructure and Land Transport
3MOU between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Republic of India and the Department of Information Communications Technology of the Republic of Seychelles on Cooperation in the area of Cyber SecurityShri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External AffairsMr. Charles Bastienne, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture
4Cultural Exchange Programme between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles for the years 2018-2022Shri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External AffairsMs. Pamela Charlette, Minister for Habitat Infrastructure and Land Transport
5Technical Agreement on Sharing White Shipping Information between the Indian Navy and the National Information Sharing and Coordination Center of the Republic of SeychellesShri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External AffairsMr. Charles Bastienne, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture
6MOU between the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and theDepartment of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of SeychellesShri J.S. Mukul, Dean, Foreign Service InstituteAmb. Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

India, Seychelles agree to work on naval base project

On June 26,2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Danny Faure agreed to work on the Assumption Island project  in the Indian Ocean as a naval base to expand its footprint.

  • An agreement to develop the island was inked in 2015 between India and Seychelles.
  • This was earlier cancelled by Seychelles due to internal conflicts.

About Assumption Island:

Assumption Island began in 2003, but were formalised in 2015 during Mr. Modi’s visit.

The deal was to include a 20-year access to the base, as well as permission to station some military personnel on ground with facilities on the island funded by India, owned by the Seychelles and jointly managed by both sides.

Other agreements between the two nations:

  • India announced a USD 100-million line of credit to Seychelles, which Faure said would help boost his country’s military infrastructure.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj handed over a second Dornier 228  aircraft to Seychelles as per agreement during PM Modi’s visit in 2015. The aircraft would reach Seychelles before its National Day on June 29.

Seychelles:
♦ Capital: Victoria
♦ Currency : Seychellois rupee.