Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan on Thursday and also inaugurate India-led projects in the country, including a new Magistrates Court building, new naval ship, 1MW solar power plant and 10 high-impact community development projects.
This will be the first virtual interaction between the two leaders after President Ramkalawan came to power in October 2020 elections in Seychelles.
During the Prime Minister’s tour of Indian Ocean countries in 2015, Seychelles was the first destination after which he also visited Mauritius and Sri Lanka. That was the first prime ministerial-level visit to Seychelles after a gap of 33 years.
It was during that tour of the Indian Ocean countries when Prime Minister Modi pronounced India’s vision of SAGAR — Security and Growth for All in the Region.
In November 2020, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was the first foreign minister to visit Seychelles after newly-elected President Ramkalawan assumed office.
President Ramkalawan is of Indian origin. He has his ancestral roots in the Gopalganj district of Bihar. He visited India in January 2018 as part of the PIO Parliamentarian’s Conference and also visited his native village ‘Parsauni’.
Currently, there are three ministers of Indian origin in his cabinet — Devika Vidot, Billy Rangasamy and Naadir Hassan.
Magistrates’ Court Building project
The Magistrates’ Court Building project is a landmark project and will help bring Magistrate courts spread over different locations in Mahe island into a single building.
It is situated next to the Supreme Court of Seychelles built with Chinese assistance in 2013.