10.28.07

Seychelles Ambassador discusses lack of technologies for climate problems

Posted in International Organisations, International relations at 11:01 am by Robert Klien

The Seychelles Ambassador to the UN, Ronny Jumeau participated and made a speech at a high-level event convened by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The event was entitled “The future in our hands: addressing the leadership challenge of climate change”.

Ambassador Jumeau expressed his disappointment about the fact that small island and low-lying countries are not urgently getting technologies needed in order to adapt to the rising sea levels in some areas.

He said that most technology is aimed to help the polluters mitigate their emissions, laudable as that may be, however, nothing is being said about technology aimed to help small island states and low-lying countries adapt to climate change.

Ambassador Jumeau said he hopes that donor countries, organisations and private sector entities having resources at their disposal will assist vulnerable states with solving this problem.

It is in this contest, that the Sea Level Rise Foundation has been launched by the Presidents of Seychelles, James Michel and Palau, Tommy IEsang Remengesau. Its objective is complementing the UN’s efforts by prompting global attention and action. The above-mentioned includes the innovation and transfer of the types of technologies needed for small island states and low-lying countries to address the devastating impact of climate change on ecosystems and people.

10.23.07

Seychelles opens Embassy in China

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations at 7:38 am by Robert Klien

On September 19, 2007, the official opening ceremony of the Embassy of the Republic of Seychelles was held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The opening was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles in the beginning of September.

The opening of the Embassy  was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Patrick Pillay, high government officials as well as business people from China.

It should be noted that Ambassador of Seychelles to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Philippe LeGall, presented his credentials to President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao, on May 11, 2007.

10.18.07

Credentials presented to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg by Seychelles Ambassador

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations at 11:18 pm by Robert Klien

On September 13, 2007, Seychelles Ambassador with residence in Brussels, Mr. Barry Faure, presented his credentials to His Royal Highness Henri of Luxembourg, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, who has served as Head of State since October 7, 2000.

The ceremony took place in the capital city of Luxembourg. The letter of recall of the predecessor of  His Royal Highness and the letter of credence was presented by Ambassador Faure. By this letter, the President of Seychelles accredited him as Ambassador to Her Majesty’s Court.

Presenting credentials was followed by a photo session as well as a private audience with the Grand Duke.

Also, Ambassador Faure presented to the Grand Duke a coco-de-mer on behalf of the Seychelles’ President and the people, which symbolizes desire to maintain and further enhance good relations marked by friendship, co-operation and mutual respect.

Diplomatic relations of Seychelles and Luxembourg, one of the smallest counties in Europe with the world’s 2nd highest GDP per capita and a highly developed financial services sector, were established on February 17, 1989.

During Faure’s 1st working mission to Luxembourg, he also held meetings with Seychelles Honorary Consul, Mr. Andre Schwachtgen, the Chief Protocol Officer and the Marshall of the Grand Duke’s Court, as well as with other officials of the Court.

10.14.07

Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising Honorary Consuls’ conference

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations at 9:45 am by Robert Klien

In the beginning of September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles announced organising a Honorary Consuls’ conference in October.

Organising the Honorary Consuls’ conference is part of an effort aimed to further inform the Honorary Consuls of Seychelles on the latest developments in the country as regards political, social and economic aspects.

This conference will follow the last Honorary Consuls’ Seminar held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005.

To coincide with the Creole Festival, the conference will be held on October 23-25, 2007.

10.09.07

British High Commissioner to the Republic of Seychelles changed

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations at 7:54 pm by Robert Klien

On September 25, 2007, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London announced that a new British High Commissioner to the Republic of Seychelles has been appointed.

Ms Diana Skingle has retired from the Diplomatic Service, so Mr Fergus Cochrane-Dyet has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Seychelles in succession to her.

The appointment will be taken up by Mr Cochrane-Dyet during November 2007.

10.04.07

Seychelles is 57th out of 180 countries in corruption top

Posted in International Organisations, International relations, Seychelles offshore jurisdiction at 6:00 am by Robert Klien

On September 16, 2007, the 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) was released by Transparency International, the global the nongovernmental organization against corruption.

According to the report, Seychelles ranks 57th in the cleanness of its government in a list of 180 countries in 2007. To compare this position with the previous results, in 2004 Seychelles’ CPI was 48, in 2005 it was 55, while in 2006 it was 63. So, a negative tendency has turned into a positive one this year.

The 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index provides the greatest country coverage of any CPI as it looks at perceptions of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories. This index draws on 14 expert opinion surveys, scoring countries on a scale from 0 to 10. Zero indicates high levels of perceived corruption, while 10 means low levels of perceived corruption.

Seychelles’ CPI score in 2004 was 4.4, in 2005 – 4.0, in 2006 – 3.6, and 2007 its score is 4.5. The highest CPI score this year is 9.6 for Finland, Denmark and New Zealand, while the lowest is 1.4 for Myanmar and Somalia.

Year Seychelles Corruption Perception Index Seychelles position Total positions in the Corruption Top
2004 4.4 48 146
2005 4.0 55 159
2006 3.6 63 163
2007 4.5 57 180

Scores in some African countries including Seychelles are significantly higher in the 2007 CPI, which reflects the positive progress of anti-corruption efforts and show that perceived levels of corruption can be lowered by political will and reform.

Huguette Labelle, chairwoman of Transparency International, commented that the 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that correlation between corruption and poverty is still obvious.

Also, Transparency International provided the 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index regional ranking. It ranked 52 African countries. In regional countru rank, Seychelles is ranked 5th out of 52, which is evidently a good result. The “cleanest” African country is Botswana, while the “dirtiest” is Somalia.