Chinese & Seychelles presidents to promote pragmatic co-operation

Posted in Business and Economy, International relations at 1:40 pm by Robert Klien

The 1st visit of Chinese Head of State to the Seychelles since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the 2 countries in July 1976 has already been announced previously. As to the outcomes of the visit, on February 10, 2007, China and Seychelles agreed to promote pragmatic co-operation in tourism, human resources, fishery and other areas.

As a result of official talks, Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Seychellois President James Michel agreed to promote the already good ties to a new level.

One of the key tasks of Chinese President’s visit was to implement the China’s commitments made in the Beijing summit of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation in November 2006 as well as the consensus achieved between China and Seychelles.

Hu proposed to develop partnership between the countries and to increase exchanges between legislative, governmental and non-governmental departments in order to enhance mutual understanding and trust.

According to Hu, to promote economic ties, the Chinese government encourages the country’s enterprises to import more goods from Seychelles as well as to invest more in its infrastructure, telecommunication, hotel and entrepot trade, etc. The Chinese President also confirmed that China intends to go on providing economic assistance to Seychelles.

During the visit, China and Seychelles has signed 5 bilateral cooperation agreements regarding economic and technological cooperation, investment promotion and education.

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