Seychelles seeks better air links with India

Air connectivity will help to improve economic ties and promote tourism: James Alix Michel

Seychelles has sought better air connectivity with India to improve economic ties and promote tourism.

President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with President of the Republic of Seychelles James Alix Michel (centre) during a ceremonial recpetion at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Speaking to industrialists here on Wednesday, Seychelles President James Alix Michel pointed to the “urgent need” to establish flights between Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and Mahe.

He hoped negotiations later this month on the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Seychelles and India would lead to an increase in exchange between business persons of the two countries, greater people to people contacts and tourism.

Earlier in the day, India and Seychelles signed a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Michel.

Business opportunities

Mr. Michel said that with the improvement in the balance of payments position and the signing of the BIPA, investment opportunities had opened up for India in offshore oil exploration, fisheries, marine and aqua culture projects; renewable energy, eco-tourism projects; IT and ICT business and specialised restaurants.

Official sources said the talks saw both sides touching on Indian assistance for a tighter security grid that would be able to stave off pirate attacks as well as make the seas around Seychelles safer for tourists.

India has stationed military advisors in Mahe and replenishes logistics for military hardware supplied by it.

From The Hindu

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