The concept of ‘Vanilla Islands’, defined under the aegis of the Indian Ocean Commission, aims to unify the islands of Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, La Reunion, Seychelles Maldives and Mayotte, under one tourism brand through the affiliation of each of the islands.
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- It is located in South western Indian Ocean.
- It is an affiliation of the island nations Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius, Comoros, Mayotte in the Indian Ocean to form a new travel destination.
- Aim of the Vanilla Island that has been founded in 2010 to pool forces and jointly market the region compared to the solely individual marketing of each island in the past.
India and Vanilla Island:
- It is important to India that want to add another geography for its diplomatic language to the Vanilla Islands.
- India has to devote greater attention to the Indian Ocean as part of the growing interaction with the island states.
- India’s activism on countering climate change and promoting blue economy have made the island states special partners for India.
- As Delhi appreciates the renewed geopolitical significance of the Comoros, along with the other Vanilla Islands, India is expected to lay the foundation for sustained strategic cooperation with the them.
- To be effective in the south western Indian Ocean India must begin to treat the Vanilla Islands as a single strategic space.
In the colonial era, the Vanilla Islands were very much the object of rivalry among the European powers. With all the sea lines of communication between Europe and the Indian Ocean came round Africa and went through the Mozambique channel. Now the Vanilla islands are become attractive way stations.