04.10.17

Seychelles and Kenya to strengthen ties in trade, tourism, security

Posted in Bilateral Treaties, Diplomatic missions, International relations at 6:16 pm by Robert Klien

During a visit to Kenya, Seychelles’ President Danny Faure and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta entered into a wide-reaching agreement aimed to enhance ties in trade and security

President Faure left Seychelles on April 2 on his first state visit since he took office in October 2016 following the resignation of former President James Michel.

The agreement was the culmination of bilateral discussions between the two heads of state at the State House in Nairobi on April 3. The agreement will see Kenya export more human capital (for example, teachers) and agricultural products to Seychelles.

President Faure said it makes more economic sense for Seychelles to import beef and poultry from Kenya instead of countries like Brazil. In the maritime sector, Seychelles has expressed its support to Kenya in developing its fishing industry, where President Kenyatta said little attention has been paid to since its independence. Seychelles will also support Kenya to develop the capacity of the port of Mombasa to act as a fish trans-shipment port.

The two Presidents also agreed for the two countries to cooperate in tourism development by partnering the agencies managing the sectors.

06.15.16

Seychelles and China celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations at 1:59 pm by Robert Klien

Seychelles and China celebrated 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them with a reception arranged on June 10.

Vice-President Danny Faure was guest of honour at the reception hosted by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Seychelles, Yin Lixian, at the embassy at St Louis. Also, former President James Mancham, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan; the Minister for Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy Jean-Paul Adam; the Minister for Investment, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Innovation Michael Benstrong; members of the National Assembly, were present at the event.

Both Ambassador Yin and Minister Morgan proposed a toast for long lasting relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Yin said that the friendship between the Chinese and Seychellois people has a long history, and the past 40 years have seen massive progress in Seychelles-China relations.

Minister Morgan said for decades on, Seychelles and China established a framework for their partnership and Seychelles is proud to still have China as a trusted partner in that respect. He said: “China is the world’s most populous nation and Seychelles one of the smallest. The meaningful engagement that our two nations share is testament to how regardless of size, we have built partnership based on a spirit of mutual respect and exemplary friendship that serves as a model for the rest of the world”.

10.16.15

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.

10.12.15

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.

10.08.15

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”.

09.16.15

Seychelles-Nigeria Investment Forum Expected to Boost

Posted in Business and Economy, Diplomatic missions, International relations, Seychelles government at 2:12 pm by Robert Klien

Promoting cooperation between Seychelles and Nigeria and increasing trade and industry have been the main focus of diplomatic work of the outgoing Nigerian High Commissioner to Seychelles, Solomon Akintola Oyateru, during his term in office.

High Commissioner Oyateru made this statement and paid a visit to Seychelles President James Michel. He represented Nigeria for 3 years, while based in Nairobi, Kenya. According to him, an investment forum will be established with a view to allow Nigerian investors to explore the potential in Seychelles in areas such as tourism, the Blue Economy and others. The date for the event has not been set yet.

Discussions in the State House meeting focused on the existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries and areas for future collaboration.

Commenting on his mandate of 3 years, Oyateru said, “It has been very quite exciting and fruitful. I think I have been able to build on what the predecessor has left me and our engagements have become much active and deeper. My successor will be able to build on that. The level of interaction has actually improved.”

09.13.15

New British High Commissioner Is Accredited to have more focus on UK Investments in Seychelles

Posted in Business and Economy, Diplomatic missions, Foreign investments at 2:08 pm by Robert Klien

The new British High Commissioner to Seychelles Caron Rӧhsler has been accredited so she is expected encourage more British businesses to invest in Seychelles.

This diplomat who has spent the past 2 weeks in Seychelles and then presented her credentials to the Seychelles President James Michel.

Piracy and maritime security was among issues Rӧhsler said she discussed with Michel, including the need to move from prevention to tackling the root causes of piracy. However, opportunities for the two jurisdictions to collaborate in new areas including the blue economy concept Seychelles is promoting were also discussed.

Rӧhsler said: “I hope that over the course of my time here, we will see perhaps a shift in focus from working on security issues together, which remains very important, to greater ties to ensure prosperity and to see more British businesses investing here in Seychelles.”

03.11.15

Seychelles and India to cooperate in maritime security and anti-piracy

Posted in Business and Economy, Diplomatic missions, International relations at 5:36 am by Robert Klien

During his visit to Seychelles, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun discussions with Seychelles President James Michel for both countries to engage in maritime security, with a focus on greater cooperation with respect to anti-piracy measures.

Indian Ministry of External affairs official spokesperson said: “Prime Minister Modi begins his visit to the Indian Ocean island nations with discussions with the President of Seychelles. A substantive element of their discussions is ‘Blue Economy’. India and Seychelles are also working on maritime security, better cooperation in anti-piracy measures and are engaged in working towards renewable energy”. He added that India has a strong and historical connection with Seychelles and other Indian Ocean islands nations, and, in recent times, new elements have been added to these connections. He emphasized that the maritime neighbours need to meet, interact and cooperate.

Indian-Seychellois relations have been characterized by close cooperation and understanding. For example, an Indian naval ship, the INS Tarasa, was gifted to Seychelles in 2014 to augment surveillance and patrolling capacity of Seychelles waters. Several Indian ships have since made port calls in Victoria.

In 2009, on the request of Seychelles, India dispatched naval ships to patrol its exclusive economic zone and guard it against piracy. India has also helped Seychelles’ armed forces in capacity building.

During the Indian presidential visit to Seychelles in 2012, India announced USDS 50 million as Line of Credit and USD 25 million as grant to the Government of Seychelles. Indian assistance has also flowed since the 1980’s under ITEC programme in civilian defense and other fields.

It is worth remembering that indians are about 1/10 of Seychelles’ 91,000 population.

03.06.15

Indian Prime Minister to visit Seychelles

Posted in Bilateral Treaties, Business and Economy, Diplomatic missions, International relations, Seychelles government at 5:27 am by Robert Klien

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to visit Seychelles as a part of a major move to India’s neighourhood outreach in the Indian Ocean region.

Modi will be on a 5-day visit to the 3 key island nations – Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. The trip will start on March 10.

In Seychelles, the first stop of his tour, Modi will hold bilateral discussions with President James Alexis Michel. The meeting will be aimed at strengthening maritime ties as well as enhancing bilateral development cooperation.

During the visit, 3 agreements are to be signed between Seychelles and India.

It should be noted that Modi will be the 2nd Indian prime minister to visit Seychelles after Indira Gandhi’s visit in 1981.

The cooperation of India and Seychelles is mainly in the field of health, education, defence and maritime security.

India recently gave a patrol ship to Seychelles, a 115-island country located 1,500 km east of Southeast Africa. The patrol ship was for the Seychelles Coast Guard to better patrol its extensive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Both jurisdictions are likely to sign an agreement to strengthen the energy sector of the Seychelles.

05.12.14

Finance Minister Laporte receives 2 international honours

Posted in Diplomatic missions, International relations, Seychelles government at 1:17 pm by Robert Klien

Last week, Finance, Trade and Investment Minister Pierre Laporte received 2 international awards.

First, he was awarded the Southern African Finance Minister of the Year Award for 2013 by the International Leadership Magazine. On May 5-6, the US-Africa Investment Forum and International Business Leadership award was held in Houston, Texas, United States of America. The forum was held on the margins of the 2014 annual Offshore Technology Conference organised by the African Leadership Magazine in collaboration with its sponsors and partners. Held under the theme ‘Africa Rising – Driving Investments, Innovation, Growth & Competitiveness in the New Frontier’ the forum recognised and honoured those who have excelled through actions and best practices which have helped the people in communities across Africa. The award presented to Minister Laporte was in recognition of his “exceptional stewardship which led to global acclaim for the economic recovery of Seychelles leading to unprecedented growth and macro-economic stability in the country, initially as Central Bank of Seychelles governor, and later as Finance Minister.”

Second, Laporte received the Special Commendation Award from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus – the biggest caucus in the State of Georgia House of Representatives. The award is the highest honour presented by the Georgia legislative body in honour of outstanding contribution and service to humanity. It was presented by the Honourable Dee Dawkins-Haigler, chair of the Caucus. The legislative body’s resolution for the award recognises Minister Laporte as an integral part of Seychelles’ changing fortunes and for playing a key role in the country’s successful economic transformation as part of the International Monetary Fund-supported reform package of 2008. The Caucus also recognised his role as the former IMF resident representative in Africa (Niger).

Minister Laporte dedicated both awards to his family as well as to the government and people of Seychelles.

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