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”.

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