Climate change poses serious threat to island nations like Seychelles as terrorism to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said as he expressed India’s deep commitment to combat global warming.
“The world must come together and talk about climate change as we discuss terror,” Modi said during a civic reception accorded to him at the Palais des Sports.
He said people living in small islands do not care about who is making nuclear bomb, but they do bother about the global warming as it is linked with their survival.
“To save the world, not only those who live on island but the entire world will have to discuss and work in this regard. The world has to discuss climate change on the same level as they do discuss terrorism. It poses a serious threat as climate,” Modi said.
Earlier, the Prime Minister said India was deeply committed to combat the climate change.
“We had strong convergence of views on climate change. We are two nations that are vulnerable to its impact,” he said after holding talks with Seychelles President James Alix Michel.
Modi, the first Prime Minister to visit Seychelles in 34 years, stressed on India’s shared commitment to strong national action to combat climate change.
He also called for a strong and ambitious global effort, especially from the developed world, on climate change.
“I reiterated our consistent support to the position of the Small Island Developing States. Equally, I renewed India’s strong commitment to our partnership with Africa,” he added.
Last year in December, negotiators from over 190 countries adopted a compromise draft for national pledges to cut global carbon emissions at marathon UN climate talks in Peruvian capital Lima that paved way for a new ambitious and binding deal to be signed in Paris this year to combat climate change.
Modi also highlighted his government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, saying the country is keen to become a global manufacturing hub.
“I invite you all, whatever you make, to come India and make there…You can make products of better quality in short time and with less investment. You will also get opportunity to export them to many more countries from there,” he said.
He asked the investors to support India’s manufacturing capability, which will benefit neighbouring countries as well as small island nations like Seychelles.
Modi also highlighted India’s huge manpower, saying big economies have money and technology but they lack the ‘manpower’ and ‘skill development’.
“Only India can provide good manpower. India has the capability to supply skilled workforce for the next 20 years to the whole world,” he said.
Pointing out that India’s rail network is one of the biggest in the world, the Prime Minister said that his government has introduced 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment in Railways as it will benefit global economy.
Stating that India has the obligation to ensure the safety of the Indian Ocean, he said his government has introduced FDI in defence sector especially manufacturing that will benefit India’s neighbours and friends.
Underlining the problem of piracy in small countries, he said India will extend all help to counter it.
Modi said India has dedicated a radar to Seychelles which will enhance maritime security of the island nation.
Modi also announced that people from Seychelles can get visa on arrival for three months and that too free.