Seychelles President makes official visit to Spain

Posted in Business and Economy, International relations, Seychelles government, Tourism industry at 11:25 am by Robert Klien

President of Seychelles James Michel made an official visit to Spain at the invitation of HE Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain. During his two-day official visit, the President of Seychelles was accompanied by the Minister for Home Affairs, Environment, and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan; the Secretary of State in the Office of the President, Mr. Barry Faure; the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mr. Alain St. Ange; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, Ms. Jenifer Sinon.

Seychelles President James Michel has met with the President of Spain, Vice Presidents, and members of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain. With the members of Confederation, President Michel discussed the potential for the territory to become a business hub for Africa. By words of the President, this meeting will deepen the relations with the private sector in Spain.

The President spoke to Prime Minister Zapatero about opportunities for Spanish investment in fisheries and tourism projects in Seychelles. Spain’s technical mission in Seychelles will study possibilities of the use of solar power on the islands.

During the visit, it was announced that Seychelles Tourism Board would be opening a tourist office in Madrid, which will be engaged in many promotional activities in Spain.

President James Michel also had an audience with His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Following this meeting he said that during the audience they discussed many issues of mutual cooperation, the special friendship between the Republic of Seychelles and the Kingdom of Spain.

Seychelles and Spain signed Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation, the second MOU on Fisheries Cooperation, and the Declaration of Intentions in the Fight Against Piracy. The agreements were signed by Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs, Environment and Transport Mr. Joël Morgan and the Spanish Minister for Defense Mrs. Carmen Chacón.

By words of President Michel, Spain is prime partner of Seychelles, and these agreements will help to consolidate their partnership and extend the collaboration between the countries.


Seychelles and China strengthen bilateral ties

Posted in International relations, Seychelles government, Seychelles legislation at 2:25 pm by Robert Klien

On Monday, September 6, 2010, the President of Seychelles James Michel met with Chen Zhili, vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress (NPC), the top legislative body of China. During the meeting, both parties pledged to enhance bilateral ties between the Cayman Islands and China.

By words of Seychelles president, the successful visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Seychelles in 2007 has pushed the bilateral ties between the two countries to a new high. Also, in his speech President thanked China for its support in the socioeconomic development of Seychelles, and said that Seychelles are ready to strengthen cooperation with China both in the international and regional affairs, as well as to support the one-China policy.

The same day, the Chinese official met with Speaker of Seychelles’ National Assembly Patrick Herminie. Chen Zhili said that China’s NPC attaches great importance in developing friendly ties with Seychelles’ National Assembly, and is willing to strengthen the exchange and coordination between the legislation systems of the two countries. 

In the year 2011, there will be the 35th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Seychelles and China. The countries are enjoying close cooperation in the international and regional affairs.


President speaks on Seychelles tourism sector development

Posted in Business and Economy, Tourism industry at 2:34 pm by Robert Klien

At a tourism industry meeting which took place a week ago, the president of Seychelles James Michel called upon the tourism industry on the islands to engage with the government in order to work out a new national tourism development plan and promote his vision of the Seychelles Brand in the tourism sector.

The president called for greater Seychellois participation in the tourism industry, in the ownership of hotels, in employment, and in the supply of local products in the hospitality industry. By his words, the Seychelles Brand would be a new approach to the tourism development of the country.

The president said that the Seychelles Tourism Board will co-operate with the Planning Authority and the Licensing Authority to manage the country’s unique selling points in future tourism planning and licensing of establishments. A new quality assurance label will be issued annually to tourism establishments and services that guarantee “Seychelles Tourism Assurance” by the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Michelle said that the government decided to establish a body that will provide for better networking amongst all agencies working in the tourism sphere, will ensure harmony in common policies and standards, as well as better coordination and best practices.