India can learn a lot from Seychelles tourism experience

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations, Seychelles government at 2:34 pm by Robert Klien

A team comprising Indian media and tour operators will soon visit Seychelles to showcase the jurisdiction’s tourism development and experience to be aired in India. This was announced by Indian Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma.

Dr Sharma took part in celebrations to mark the 3rd Seychelles-India Day. He also was welcomed at State House to hold talks with Seychelles’ President James Michel.

President Michel said at the meeting: “The Seychelles-India Day is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the natural affinities and the long-standing relations and friendship between our two countries and peoples. It is a demonstration of our mutual and common determination to continue to work together for progress and development”.

Several ways that India and Seychelles can work together to promote tourism and cultural relations were discussed. It was noted that great progress had already been made in these 2 fields.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, President Michel and Dr Sharma said that they discussed many issues, including tourism, environment, culture and the forthcoming India-Africa Forum Summit.


Sri Lankan and Thai diplomats accredited in Seychelles

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations, Seychelles government at 2:30 pm by Robert Klien

Tikiri Herath Gunathilake is the new Sri Lankan resident high commissioner to Seychelles, while Prasittiporn Wetprasit is the new Thai ambassador. Both diplomats presented their letters of accreditation to President James Michel at State House on October 6. After thatm they also paid a courtesy call on Vice-President Danny Faure.

Dr Gunathilake is replacing Rajatha Piyatissa who was accredited the first resident high commissioner of Sri Lanka here on June 24, 2014 and left the jurisdiction in March 2015.

Mr Wetprasit replaces Ittiporn Boonpracong who had represented his country here from September 2012 until January 2015.

Dr Gunathilake said it is the “earnest hope of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to strengthen and maintain cultural, social and economic relations in an unprecedented manner and to expect every possible support from Seychelles.”

Mr Wetprasit highlighted and commended the remarkable cooperation that exists between Seychelles and Thailand in various fields namely environment, hospitality and tourism industry as well as fisheries, and also stressed on the fact that Thailand has a corner in the Botanical Gardens where visitors can see and appreciate different flora from the Asian country.

“I want to further strengthen technical cooperation in areas like botanical gardens, agriculture and hotel management,” Mr Wetprasit pointed out.


Seychelles to further strengthen partnership with ILO

Posted in Business and Economy, Diplomatic missions, International Organisations, Seychelles government at 2:22 pm by Robert Klien

International Labour Organisation assistant director general and regional director for Africa, Aeneas Chuma, paid a courtesy call on President James Michel and Vice-President Danny Faure at State House on October 6.

Mr Chuma and his delegation were accompanied by the minister responsible for Labour and Human Resource Development Idith Alexander and Veronique Bresson the principal secretary of the same ministry. Also the meeting was attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Joël Morgan, the President’s Diplomatic Adviser, Ambassador Callixte d’Offay, ILO director country office in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Christian Ntsay and Mr Chuma’s special advisor, Geir Tonstol.

President Michel conveyed his gratitude to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for its considerable technical help various projects. He also expressed his willingness to strengthen the partnership that already exists between Seychelles and ILO.

President Michel said: “It is a pleasure to welcome you and your delegation to Seychelles. I would like to thank the ILO for its support and major role in assisting the government of Seychelles through the provision of technical assistance and others. Seychelles has been able to meet all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and we would like to build up on what we have started. We are looking forward to have your views after your meetings and see how Seychelles and ILO can strengthen collaboration”.

According to Mr Chuma, discussions with Vice-President Faure were fruitful and they focused on numerous issues namely the revision of the Labour Law, employment issues, social dialogue, and youth employment among numerous other matters. He said: “We also learned a lot on the comprehensive social protection and social welfare system Seychelles has. This is also something important to share with other countries because there are not many countries with such a comprehensive social welfare programme. It has been both a dialogue and an occasion to learn about some of the social programmes that exist here that are relevant to the ILO”.