Seychelles India Day

Background:

Indian Community Contribution

Heart-warmingly, the fact is that the Indian community, comprising of Persons of Indian Origin and Non-Resident Indians in Seychelles have collaboratively come forward to put in their efforts...

Seychelle's Contribution

The Seychelles India Day would not be a reality if not for the support and untiring work of the Minister of Tourism & Culture Alain St. Ange. The event has blessings of the Seychelles Government...

Media Releases

The Seychelles India Day 2013 has been constantly on the media scanner with active dissemination of information and updates to the print and electronic media.The following have been the...

About Seychelles India Day

The first Seychelles-India Day celebration, an extravaganza of culture, tourism and business, being organized as a joint collaborative effort between the High Commission of India in Seychelles, Seychelles India Day celebration society and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Seychelles is scheduled for 4-6 October 2013 in Mahe.

It is a well-known fact that PIOs form an important link between India and Seychelles, which can very well be summed up with waves of migration from India, mostly from Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. The local Indian community has done fairly well especially in the economic field. It is believed that nearly 90% of retailing business and local construction industry is mostly dominated by the PIOs. In the Government set up also, a number of PIOs have risen to high position. There are also Indian experts in schools, hospitals, hotels, banks, financial set-ups, parastatal bodies, legal set-up and Government Ministries. Together they constitute more than 10% of the total population.

The community is also know for their cultural and religious associations including Indian Association of Seychelles, Hindu Council of Seychelles, Indo-Seychelles Friendship Association, Hindu Kovil Sangam, Tamil Social & Cultural Development Centre and Tamil Manram, etc. Members of Indian community, who are mostly second and third generation Indians have continued to nourish cultural, linguistic and religious linkages with India have continued the tradition of celebrating various important Indian festivals here in Seychelles.

At Government-to-Government levels too, the cordial relations between the two countries have been exhibited by many high level exchanges of visits from both sides. President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil visited in 2012. In the past, President Shri R. Venkataraman; Vice Presidents Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma and Shri Bhairon Singh Sekhawat; Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; External Affairs Minister Shri SM Krishna and Defence Minister Shri AK Antony have so far visited Seychelles. From Seychelles both Presidents Rene and James Michel, and Foreign Minister Jean Paul Adam have visited India many times. These visits have strengthened the multifaceted cooperation of the two countries in the fields of education, culture, health, tourism, business, defence & security, finance, ICT, etc.