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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Seychelles from March 10 to March 11, 2015. This was a historic visit as Shri Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minster to visit Seychelles in 33 long years!

In a series of tweets prior beginning his visit, the Prime Minister had written that India attached paramount importance to strengthening relations with the region. He said India's relationship with Seychelles was a very special one built on the foundation of mutual trust and shared values.

Shri Narendra Modi arrived at Seychelles airport in the evening of March 10th and was given a grand welcome. The President of Seychelles, Mr. James Michel himself was present to receive the Prime Minister. Seeing a huge gathering of the Indian Community eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of Shri Modi at the airport, he took to twitter and shared the wonderful moment.

On the morning of March 11th, Shri Narendra Modi was given a Ceremonial Reception after which he visited the State House and signed the Visitors Book. He wrote that India not only considers Seychelles as a neighbour but as a strategic partner too.

Later in the day, Shri Modi and President Michel held meetings and addressed the statement to media. Shri Narendra Modi appreciated President Michel for his Government's consistent support to India across international forums. Welcoming the launch of direct air services to India by Air Seychelles last December, the PM hoped that ties between India and Seychelles would be deepened further marked by a spirit of respect, equality, enormous goodwill and warmth. The Prime Minister also expressed his gladness to have been able to get a chance to pay a visit to the neighbour in the Indian Ocean. He termed the Seychelles visit to be short but a very productive one. Shri Narendra Modi considered India-Seychelles relationship as unique and special founded on deep sense mutual trust and confidence. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today, also unveiled the Plaque and Operationalisation of Radar for the CSRS India-Seychelles Cooperation Project in Sychelles.

Before concluding his Seychelles visit, the PM addressed a massive gathering at a civic reception. Shri Modi touched upon areas like mitigating climate change, renewable energy and Make in India. The crowd cheered immensely as the PM spoke. The event received an exceptional welcome from the people. The PM thanked his supporters and followers in Seychelles for having him welcomed so warmly.

‘মন কী বাত’ৰ বাবে আপোনাৰ ধাৰণা আৰু পৰামৰ্শ এতিয়াই শ্বেয়াৰ কৰক!
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PM interacts with CEOs and Experts of Global Oil and Gas Sector
October 20, 2021
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Our goal is to make India Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector: PM
PM invites CEOs to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil & gas sector in India
Industry leaders praise steps taken by the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the CEOs and Experts of the global oil and gas sector earlier today, via video conferencing.

Prime Minister discussed in detail the reforms undertaken in the oil and gas sector in the last seven years, including the ones in exploration and licensing policy, gas marketing, policies on coal bed methane, coal gasification, and the recent reform in Indian Gas Exchange, adding that such reforms will continue with the goal to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector’.

Talking about the oil sector, he said that the focus has shifted from ‘revenue’ to ‘production’ maximization. He also spoke about the need to enhance  storage facilities for crude oil.  He further talked about the rapidly growing natural gas demand in the country. He talked about the current and potential gas infrastructure development including pipelines, city gas distribution and LNG regasification terminals.

Prime Minister recounted that since 2016, the suggestions provided in these meetings have been immensely useful in understanding the challenges faced by the oil and gas sector. He said that India is a land of openness, optimism and opportunities and is brimming with new ideas, perspectives and innovation. He invited the CEOs and experts to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil and gas sector in India. 

The interaction was attended by industry leaders from across the world, including Dr. Igor Sechin, Chairman & CEO, Rosneft; Mr. Amin Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco; Mr. Bernard Looney, CEO, British Petroleum; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Mr. Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger Limited; Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited; Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Limited, among others.

They praised several recent achievements of the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security. They appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister towards the transition to cleaner energy in India, through visionary and ambitious goals. They said that India is adapting fast to newer forms of clean energy technology, and can play a significant role in shaping global energy supply chains. They talked about ensuring sustainable and equitable energy transition, and also gave their inputs and suggestions about further promotion of clean growth and sustainability.