India, Seychelles sign 6 MoUs for cooperation in various fields

Jun 26, 2018 09:30 IST
India, Seychelles sign 6 MoUs for cooperation in various fields

India and Seychelles on June 25, 2018 signed six Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to further expand bilateral ties between the two sides in various fields. These include areas of naval cooperation, cybersecurity, culture, dvelopment projects among others.

The MoUs were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure after the two leaders held bilateral talks in Hyderabad House, New Delhi.

Line of Credit for Seychelles’ Defence Sector

On the same occasion, PM Modi announced a line of credit worth USD 100 million for Seychelles for purchase of defence hardware.

The Prime Minister also gifted Dornier Aircraft to President of Seychelles, an important step towards India's commitment to augment Seychelles' defence assets and capability.

Both the sides would also work to intensify cooperation to carry out hydrographical studies of the maritime region and declared exchange of necessary oceanic maps between two sides.

India also agreed to finance three civilian infrastructure projects in Seychelles under Special Grant. These are Government House, New Police Headquarters and the Office of the Attorney General.

Note

Faure is on his first bilateral visit to India. The visit comes just days after Faure said that a joint project with New Delhi to develop a naval base at Assumption Island in his country would not move forward.


List of MoUs signed

S. No.

Fields

MoU/Agreement

Indian signatory

Seychelles signatory

1

Small Development Projects

MoU between India and Seychelles regarding Indian Grant Assistance for implementation of small development projects through local bodies, educational and vocational institutions

MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs

Pamela Charlette, Minister for Habitat Infrastructure and Land Transport

2

Friendship And Cooperation

Twinning Agreement on the establishment of friendship and cooperation between the Municipal Corporation of Panaji and the city of Victoria, Seychelles

MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs

Pamela Charlette, Minister for Habitat Infrastructure and Land Transport

3

Cyber Security

MoU between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) and the Department of Information Communications Technology of Seychelles on cooperation in the area of Cyber Security

MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs

Charles Bastienne, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture

4

Cultural Exchange Programme

Agreement for organising a Cultural Exchange Programme between the India and Seychelles for the years 2018-2022

MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs

Pamela Charlette, Minister for Habitat Infrastructure and Land Transport

5

Shipping sector

Technical Agreement on sharing White Shipping Information between the Indian Navy and the National Information Sharing and Coordination Center of Seychelles

MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs

Charles Bastienne, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture

6

Foreign Affairs

MOU between India’s Foreign Service Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

JS Mukul, Dean, Foreign Service Institute

Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs


Agreement to develop a naval base at the Assumption Island

India and Seychelles also agreed to work together on a project to develop a naval base at the Assumption Island keeping each other’s concerns in mind after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Danny Faure.

Earlier, Seychelles denied joint project with India to develop naval base

• Seychelles President Danny Faure, ahead of his state visit to India, denied undertaking India-Seychelles joint project to develop naval base at Assumption Island of Seychelles.

• He also stated that Seychelles will develop military facilities at the island on its own.

• India had signed 20 years agreement in 2015 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Seychelles.

• India was keen to develop the naval base at the Assumption Island due to its key strategic location in the western periphery of Indian Ocean with an aim to expand its presence in the region where China has been trying to enhance its military presence.

• However, after the signing of agreement, opposition leaders in Seychelles came out openly against agreement with India. 

• Assumption Island is a small island situated southwest of Seychelles main and largest island of Mahe. It is situated very close to Mozambique Channel from where much Indian Ocean maritime routes pass.

 

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