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  •  The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
    The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
     The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
    The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA
    Africa1 week ago

    The president attends the annual graduation ceremony of STA

    President Wavel Ramkalawan was the guest of honor at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) annual graduation ceremony held at the University of Seychelles (UniSey) Auditorium, Anse Royale, yesterday afternoon.

    Graduates who attended the morning session due to space restrictions joined the others in the afternoon.

    Two hundred graduates who have successfully completed their studies in Restaurant and Bar, Food Preparation and Culinary Arts, Lodging Operations and Services, Tourism and Tour Guides, Front Desk Operations and Services, Wellness and Spa, as well as Hotel Management.

    Ketsina William, who took the Advanced Certificate in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts course, won the President's Cup for Most Outstanding Student.

    The Director of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Terence Max congratulated the graduates “Dear graduates, the Seychelles Tourism Academy; Along with all of your partners and stakeholders, they have played their part in developing the skills and knowledge that will enable you to further your aspirations to become the quality talent the industry demands.

    In addition to technical and managerial skills, the Seychelles Tourism Academy strives to instill in its students positive customer and service attitudes and a passion for hospitality where the notion of service is not servile.

    Passion and pride in tourism and hospitality infuse everything we do.

    do at the academy.

    We have provided the springboard for you, however, it is important that you realize that you are the engine of your success in this competitive and formidable industry,” said Mr. Max. “As you move through the world of work, there will be times of despair, frustration, and discouragement.

    My advice to you is to never give up your quest to realize your dream.

    The cultivation of courage and perseverance is something that you, as future hospitality professionals, will need to develop and manifest, not only for your careers, but also for your success and personal growth.” Prizes were also given to the students with the best performance in various areas of the different courses, and those with an outstanding general performance during the duration of their training.

    In addition, for the second year in a row, the Confucius Institute award was given to the top five Mandarin students in the Advanced Certificate.

    During the ceremony, different recognitions were given to the graduates under the Certificate level; Best Academic Award, Best Practice Award, Best Effort Award and General Award.

    In Restaurant and Bar, the winners were Hilary Amouna and Christy Bistoquet.

    In Food Preparation and Culinary Arts at the Certificate level, Kharishna Pillay and Aaron Esparon won the awards.

    Under the Hosting Services and Operations Certificate, Aruna Rabat and Staelle Sinon were the best.

    Next, prizes were awarded to those who completed the Reception and Service Operation courses.

    Tia Savy, Marie-Michelle Hermitte and Marie-Eve Didon take home the awards.

    For the Advanced Certificate in Restaurant and Bar, awards went to Jefferson Pierre, Angel Belle, and Aury Leon. For the Advanced Food Production Certificate, Ketsina William, Ashley Nourrice, Joshua Chetty were the winners.

    The Best Chinese Performer was Franchesco Boniface.

    Under the Advanced Certificate for Wellness and Spa, Best Academic Lawraine Marie and Andria Antat won the awards.

    The Best Chinese Interpreter was Bryna Albert, while Haley Benoit received the Best Interpreter award.

    For the Advanced Certificate in Front Desk Operations and Services, Best Academic Performance and Best Overall Performance went to Corine Pierre.

    Awards were also presented to Jessica Monthy and Stephanie Laporte.

    Within the framework of the Advanced Certificate in Tourism and Tourist Guide, the Award for Best Academic and Practical Executor went to Gracy Labiche.

    Prizes were also awarded to Tiffanie Joseph, Dyniz Finesse and Gaetanne Camille.

    In the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management, the awards went to Antony Servina, Sherine Woodcock, Medhi Stravens and Martina Luther.

    In addition to the President's Cup of Prestigious Awards, Chantelle Cadeau and Hussayn Charles received the Directors Award for Most Improved Alumna at STA for 2022.

    The Minister's award went to three graduates of the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma programmes.

    This award recognizes students who have performed exceptionally well not only academically, but have also displayed exemplary behavior and job skills in both academia and industry.

    Students exhibit an exemplary attitude and have the potential to develop leadership skills.

    They were Aruna Rabat (Certificate level), Haley Benoit (Advanced Certificate level) and Martina Luther (Advanced Diploma).

    Angel Belle received the Governing Board Award.

    The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks on behalf of all the graduates by Aruna Rabat and Sherine Woodcock.

    In addition to President Ramkalawan, guests at the ceremony included the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, Ms. Patricia Francourt, the French Ambassador to the Seychelles, Mr. Dominique Mas, Member of the National Assembly, Grand Anse Constituency, H.E. .

    Waven William, Senior Secretary for Tourism, Ms. Sherin Francis, Senior Secretary for Educational Services, Ms. Merna Eulentin, Senior Secretary for Education Sector Development, Mr. John Lesperance, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Seychelles Tourism Academy , Mr. Derek Barbe, Director, Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Terence Max, Dr. Phyllip Smyth, Director, Shannon College of Hotel Management, Mr. Adrian Sylver, Deputy Director, Shannon College, Members of the Governing Board of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, hoteliers and STA staff.

  •  President Ramkalawan Visits Students at the Plaisance Primary School
    President Ramkalawan Visits Students at the Plaisance Primary School
     President Ramkalawan Visits Students at the Plaisance Primary School
    President Ramkalawan Visits Students at the Plaisance Primary School
    Africa1 month ago

    President Ramkalawan Visits Students at the Plaisance Primary School

    President Wavel Ramkalawan visited Plaisance Primary School yesterday morning. His visit comes after the President received a letter from one of his P3 students; Raphael Mein requesting that I visit his school. President Ramkalawan was warmly welcomed into the school by students lining up from the main entrance. He was greeted by the principal, Mrs. Therese Athanase, and Raphael, who presented him with a bouquet of flowers.

    The visit began with a brief tour of the school facilities in key places that should attract the attention of the Head of State.

    The delegation then proceeded to the main meeting area of ​​the assembly where the school had organized a special program animated by the students themselves, with songs, moutya dance, poems and a short dialogue by two students about their roles and responsibilities as students. .

    Addressing the students and all those present, the President thanked them for their welcome at his school and the joy of being among them after Rafael's letter. He praised them for the talent they showed through their animation and encouraged them to keep working hard at school.

    “I was very moved when I read Raphael's letter, which is why I am visiting his school today. I am delighted to be here. Today you have shown me how talented you are through songs, dance and short dialogues. For this, I want to congratulate all of you. I want to congratulate the principal and her team for the exceptional job they are doing and how they have integrated our children with special needs into their school. To you dear students, I encourage you to focus on your education, you have our full support”, said the President in his words.

    In her welcoming speech, Ms. Athanase thanked the President for visiting her school at Raphael's request and that this demonstrates his interest in the development of Seychellois children's learning.

    For his part, Raphael expressed his gratitude to President Ramkalawan for responding to his request and that both teachers and students were honored to receive him.

    Before leaving the school, the President and his delegation visited Raphael's class and held a meeting with the school's management.

    Also present at yesterday morning's visit was the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, the Leader of Government Affairs in the National Assembly, the Hon. Bernard Georges, Member of the National Assembly for Plaisance, Hon. Richard Labrosse, Member of the National Assembly for Roche Caiman, Hon. Audrey Vidot, Principal Secretary of the Educational Services Department, Ms. Merna Eulentin, Principal Secretary of the Education Sector Development Department, Mr. John Lesperance and other guests.

  •  President Ramkalawan Attends the 44th National Schools Athletics Championships
    President Ramkalawan Attends the 44th National Schools’ Athletics Championships
     President Ramkalawan Attends the 44th National Schools Athletics Championships
    President Ramkalawan Attends the 44th National Schools’ Athletics Championships
    Africa2 months ago

    President Ramkalawan Attends the 44th National Schools’ Athletics Championships

    The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, and the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan yesterday attended the 44th National School Athletics Championships (NSAC) as part of the activities to commemorate Constitution Day at Stad Linite. unit).This championship was held after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 46 schools competed in different categories, including primary and secondary schools, private schools, and post-secondary institutes.Best overall for this event was Grand Anse Praslin Primary School with 119 points, La Digue Secondary School with 252 points and for Post-Secondary, Seychelles Business Studies Academy (SBSA) with 166 points.Distinguished guests who also presented glasses at the event included Ms. Stella Afif, Minister for Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, Minister for Health, Ms. Peggy Vidot, Minister for Land and Housing, Mr. Billy Rangasamy, Minister for Youth, Sports and Family, Mrs. Marie-Céline Zialor and CEO of the National Sports Council, Mr. Jean Larue. 

  •  President Ramkalawan Officially Launched the Institute of Football Seychelles
    President Ramkalawan Officially Launched the Institute of Football Seychelles
     President Ramkalawan Officially Launched the Institute of Football Seychelles
    President Ramkalawan Officially Launched the Institute of Football Seychelles
    Africa2 months ago

    President Ramkalawan Officially Launched the Institute of Football Seychelles

    The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan who is also the Patron of the Seychelles Football Federation attended the official launching of the Institute of Football Seychelles (IFS), held yesterday afternoon at Savoy Seychelles Resorts and Spa, Beau Vallon. As a symbolic gesture, the President was given the honour alongside the President of Seychelles Football Federation (SFF), Mr. Elvis Chetty to sign a ball to launch the Insitute.

    The objective of founding such an Institute is to train, prepare and create future players, and coaches in football career. The institute will enroll the best young players of Seychelles Football whereby in each age group, the top players will be selected to attend the institute. The same will be carried out through trials and selection process, which will be based on three basic criteria: technique, physics, and game.

    During the ceremony, the invitees were presented to the first cohort of students who have been accepted at this Institute. The event was also highlighted by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding,  signed by the Chief Executive Officer for the Seychelles Football Federation, Mr. Georges Bibi, and Principal Secretary for Education, Ms. Merna Eulentin. There were also remarks by the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, the Minister for Youth, Sports and Family, Mrs. Marie-Céline Zialor, and the President of Seychelles Football Federation (SFF), Mr. Elvis Chetty.

    The official launching also featured corporate videos of IFS presented by the National Technical Director for the Seychelles Football Federation, Mr. Osama Haroun, and presentations of t-shirts to students and Ministers.

    In his closing remarks, President Ramkalawan congratulated the students and wished them all the best as they take on this new challenge. As he extended his support, the President emphasized the importance for them to make this Institute a success. He advised them to be disciplined, learn the strategies that will make them successful in life, and listen to their coaches and parents.

    “Today makes a new chapter in the Seychelles football; one that is very popular among all Seychellois. Many players before you have tried to bring this sport to new heights and have made their mark. Now it is your time to set new targets and records. Seize this opportunity bestowed on you and make the most of it. Many people will be observing you, there will be those that will guide you on the right path. You will have the full support of your coaches but I want you to also do well in your studies . These two should be given equal attention,” said the President.

    President Ramkalawan also commended the Seychelles Football Federation for the exemplary role they are making and in taking this sport to the next level. He further encouraged other disciplines in sports to follow in their footsteps so that young people with talents can be groomed at an earlier age. Selection for the best players will be carried out in turns on three main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. The second stage will take place on Mahé with 33 players selected from the three islands to constitute a smaller group of players who will join the IFS.

    Once selected, IFS will be responsible to train them for three years, Monday to Friday, so that they become future Seychellois professional football players as well as pave the way for various football professions. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, it will allow each player to have a structured programme where the players will have access to an academic curriculum and classroom to continue their education.

    Two places will also be reserved for players who have not been selected to join the IFS, but they will have to provide their academic reports for admission. Furthermore, as non-scholarship students, their studies will have to be financed by their scholarship holders. Also present at the event was the Principal Secretary for Youth and Sports Department, Mr. Ralph Jean-Louis, Chief Executive Officer for the National Sports Council, Mr. Jean Larue, parents of the selected athletes, and other distinguished guests.

  •  President Ramkalawan attends SIT 2021 graduation ceremony
    President Ramkalawan attends SIT 2021 graduation ceremony
     President Ramkalawan attends SIT 2021 graduation ceremony
    President Ramkalawan attends SIT 2021 graduation ceremony
    Africa4 months ago

    President Ramkalawan attends SIT 2021 graduation ceremony

    President Wavel Ramkalawan was the guest of honor at the 2021 graduation ceremony for students who successfully completed their studies at the Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT). The event was held at the Seychelles International Conference Center (ICCS) on Friday afternoon.

    Immanuel Madeleine of the National Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering won the President's Cup. Mr. Madeleine has performed well academically and has shown himself to be exemplary in both behavior and attendance. He has also been an active participant in extracurricular activities.

    During the ceremony, more than 173 students received their certificates, having completed their respective study programs at the Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Diploma levels. Among which, 21 graduates received the Best Performer Awards in their respective programs.

    In his speech, the Director of the Seychelles Institute of Technology, Mr. Hubert Barbé, congratulated the graduates for completing such an important milestone. He stressed that learning a skill in SIT requires the learner to show interest, be motivated, and want to learn. With him, students must demonstrate a sense of discipline with a positive attitude.

    “At SIT we believe that the training you have received in recent years has prepared all of you to start a life that belongs to you. It's also worth noting that your progress in life will largely depend on what you learn after leaving SIT rather than what you already know. So, my dear graduates, the journey to success awaits you with many more challenges. Knowing who you are will help you when you want to pursue the things you want in life,” Mr. Barbe said.

    The awards for Outstanding Artists at the Certificate and Advanced Certificate levels went to Garelle Forte for the Certificate level of the Certificate in Painting and Decorating, Julio Joubert and Paolo Evenor for the Advanced Certificate in Plumbing and Advanced Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

    The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks on behalf of all the graduates by Mrs. Mara Istrale.

    In addition to President Ramkalawan, guests at the ceremony included the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, Ms. Patricia Francourt, the Principal Secretaries, the President and members of the SIT Board. , relatives of graduates and SIT. Management and Staff.

  •  Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls
    Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls
     Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls
    Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls
    Africa7 months ago

    Seychelles successfully launches national programme to provide free access to sanitary products for all school girls

    This is a testament that as a unified voice we can agree and support each other when it comes to a more worthy cause in support of all girls in Seychelles.

    VICTORIA, Seychelles, January 13, 2022 / APO Group / -

    All girls of school age in Seychelles, at the beginning of the January 2022 academic school year, will have access to sanitary pads free of charge in all public and private schools, as well as in vocational centers across the island. This was formalized during a donation ceremony held this morning at the SITE Auditorium, where VIJAY Construction Limited donated a supply of sanitary napkins, in the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan and the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan.

    During the ceremony, President Ramkalawan described this achievement as a defining moment for the country as it continues to collaborate with key partners and makes further progress in implementing actions that will benefit all girls as future Seychellois women. On behalf of the Government and people of Seychelles, the President expressed his sincere thanks to Mr. Vijay Patel for agreeing to make the donation and allowing Seychelles to join other countries in the world that have embraced this same concept.

    “Today’s donation, which is of national importance, allows us to provide access to sanitary napkins for all our girls, marking an important milestone for Seychelles not only to ensure the product is available free of charge, but also as a gesture symbolic of our respect for the dignity of all our girls. I am further encouraged by the fact that this initiative arose from a motion submitted by a member of the National Assembly, the Hon. Regina Esparon where regardless of her gender or political views she received unwavering support and a unanimous vote on the motion put forward. This is a testament that as a unified voice we can agree and support each other when it comes to a more worthy cause in support of all girls in Seychelles. I would like to thank Bro. Esparon for introducing the motion and Mr. Patel for leading us to what we have managed to accomplish today,” said President Ramkalawan.

    The Government's decision to launch such a project was initiated by a motion presented by the member of the Glacis National Assembly, who is also the President of the Women's Parliamentary Caucus, Mrs. Regina Esparon, who in her intervention before the The National Assembly declared menstruation as a normal health-related process for women and girls and called on the government and stakeholders to initiate discussions on how to make health products duty-free, more affordable and accessible to women and girls.

    As part of this morning's symbolic donation, representatives from all of the high schools accompanied by their principals were on hand to receive Mr. Patel's donation. The donation first includes a six-month supply of sanitary napkins, of which schools will extend their supply according to the needs of their respective schools.

    For his part, Mr. Patel said he is honored to have had the opportunity to help, especially as he believes that sanitary pads for all girls are not a luxury but a necessity. He expressed the hope that the excellent partnership and collaboration with the Government will continue in efforts to continue providing a helping hand to support the community.

    Also present at the event were the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, members of the National Assembly of the Women's Parliamentary Caucus, the Principal Secretary of the Education Sector, Mr. John Lesperance, the Principal Secretary of Family Affairs , Mr. Clive Roucou, Ministry of Education. officials and other distinguished guests.

    To see the full photo gallery, visit the State House Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StateHouseSey/

  •  COVID 19 la reprise conomique le changement climatique et la s curit maritime l ordre du jour du 8e dialogue politique de l UE aux Seychelles
    COVID-19, la reprise économique, le changement climatique et la sécurité maritime à l’ordre du jour du 8e dialogue politique de l’UE aux Seychelles
     COVID 19 la reprise conomique le changement climatique et la s curit maritime l ordre du jour du 8e dialogue politique de l UE aux Seychelles
    COVID-19, la reprise économique, le changement climatique et la sécurité maritime à l’ordre du jour du 8e dialogue politique de l’UE aux Seychelles
    Africa10 months ago

    COVID-19, la reprise économique, le changement climatique et la sécurité maritime à l’ordre du jour du 8e dialogue politique de l’UE aux Seychelles

    Nous continuerons à travailler ensemble afin de renforcer davantage notre partenariat sur les intérêts communs lors des forums régionaux et internationaux

    VICTORIA, Seychelles, 7 octobre 2021/APO Group/ --

    La 8 e réunion de dialogue politique entre la République des Seychelles et l'Union européenne (UE) s'est tenue aujourd'hui à Victoria. La réunion annuelle, qui est une étape importante du partenariat de longue date UE-Seychelles, était co-présidée par le ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Tourisme, l'honorable Sylvestre Radegonde, et l'ambassadeur de l'Union européenne auprès de la République des Seychelles, SEM Vincent Degert. . À la fin de la réunion, les coprésidents ont déclaré que les Seychelles et l'UE continueraient de travailler activement ensemble pour relever les défis post-pandémiques et la reprise. Ils ont également convenu d'explorer davantage la coopération dans les domaines de la sécurité maritime et mondiale, de l'économie bleue et de la gestion durable de la pêche ainsi que de la préservation de l'environnement et de la lutte contre le changement climatique.

    Le ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Tourisme, Monsieur Sylvestre Radegonde, a déclaré :

    - « Notre présence ici aujourd'hui, malgré les difficultés posées par la pandémie, démontre, dans une large mesure, notre engagement à renforcer la coopération qui existe entre les Seychelles et l'UE. Le Dialogue ajoute une dimension politique à notre coopération en matière de développement, de commerce et d'économie. Nous continuerons à travailler ensemble afin de renforcer davantage notre partenariat sur des intérêts communs dans les forums régionaux et internationaux. Les Seychelles et l'UE travailleront main dans la main pour relever nos défis. J'ai bon espoir que notre partenariat continuera à se renforcer sur des questions telles que l'économie bleue, la pêche et le changement climatique"

    L'Ambassadeur de l'Union européenne auprès de la République des Seychelles, SEM Vincent Degert a déclaré :

    - "Je suis vraiment heureux d'être aux Seychelles, avec les ambassadeurs et les représentants de 8 États membres pour le 8 ème dialogue politique avec le gouvernement des Seychelles. Il est vraiment important pour nous de tenir cette réunion cette année car le dernier dialogue politique a eu lieu en novembre 2019, il y a près de deux ans. Nous n'avons pas pu le faire l'année dernière en raison de la pandémie. Aujourd'hui, nous avons eu des discussions ouvertes et constructives avec les Seychelles sur un certain nombre de sujets clés d'intérêt mutuel. Nous avons convenu de travailler en étroite collaboration dans les enceintes internationales pour la protection de l'environnement et la lutte contre le changement climatique et de poursuivre notre collaboration pour promouvoir la sécurité maritime régionale. La réunion a également été l'occasion de discuter de la reprise économique des Seychelles à la suite de la pandémie et d'explorer comment l'UE et ses États membres, en tant partenaires commerciaux et d'investissement des Seychelles, pourraient soutenir le gouvernement dans ce contexte.

    Les Seychelles et l'Union européenne (UE) ont eu un échange de vues ouvert et fructueux sur des sujets d'intérêt mutuel, qui figurent en tête de leurs agendas, notamment l'état de leurs relations bilatérales, l'approfondissement de l'accord de partenariat économique, la sécurité maritime, la pêche, l'environnement et le changement climatique, la gouvernance ainsi que les questions régionales et multilatérales. Ils ont également échangé des points de vue sur la situation actuelle de la pandémie de COVID-19 et le processus de reprise économique et sociale dans les deux régions.

    L'UE a félicité les Seychelles pour la gestion de la crise sanitaire et a donné un aperçu de la situation au sein de l'UE, y compris les conditions de voyage vers et depuis l'UE. L'UE a réaffirmé son engagement à soutenir une réponse globale à la pandémie au niveau multilatéral, notamment dans le cadre de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé - y compris pour la distribution universelle des vaccins COVID-19 et leur production au niveau africain. Les Seychelles et l'UE ont salué l'action de la Commission de l'océan Indien, avec le soutien financier de l'UE et de la France, pour renforcer la surveillance épidémiologique et la capacité de réponse de la région, afin de renforcer sa résilience aux crises futures. Ils ont également discuté de l'impact économique de la pandémie. Reconnaissant le grave impact que COVID-19 a eu sur l'économie des Seychelles, en particulier en raison de sa forte dépendance vis-à-vis du tourisme, l'UE a félicité les Seychelles pour leur réponse audacieuse. Ils ont noté qu'en 2020, l'UE restait le principal partenaire commercial et source de touristes des Seychelles. L'UE a confirmé son engagement à soutenir le développement durable des Seychelles, notamment avec une enveloppe bilatérale de 2 millions d'euros pour la période 2021-2027 afin d'assister le gouvernement dans ses priorités environnementales et de gouvernance.

    L'UE et les Seychelles ont également discuté des menaces à la sécurité internationale et de leur impact sur la région. Réitérant l'importance de la sécurité des mers et de la liberté de navigation pour le commerce et l'économie en général, ils ont pris note de l'action du Centre régional de coordination opérationnelle (RCOC) que les Seychelles hébergent, en tant qu'élément clé du mécanisme régional de surveillance maritime. Soulignant l'importance de la dernière extension et de l'élargissement du mandat de l'EUNAVFOR Opération Atalanta, les Seychelles et l'UE ont réaffirmé leur forte implication dans la lutte contre les menaces maritimes, y compris, outre la piraterie, le trafic de drogue et d'armes, la traite des êtres humains, la pêche illégale et la pollution maritime. . Ils ont convenu de travailler sur des solutions adéquates pour prendre en compte le nouveau cadre du mandat élargi d'Atalante. Ils ont également convenu de continuer à travailler en étroite collaboration dans le cadre des programmes MASE, Port Security et CRIMARIO. Dans ce contexte, l'UE a souligné la forte implication des Seychelles dans ces programmes, notamment en tant que président du groupe de pilotage de la planification stratégique.

    Rappelant leur engagement commun à respecter les engagements mondiaux de l'Accord de Paris de 2015, et tenant compte du dernier rapport du Groupe d'experts international sur l'évolution du climat (GIEC), les Seychelles et l'UE ont souligné l'importance de sa pleine mise en œuvre pour notre planète. L'UE a fourni des informations sur son Green Deal qui traduit sa volonté de montrer l'exemple en s'engageant en faveur de la neutralité climatique d'ici 2050. L'UE a confirmé son engagement à aider les pays partenaires, en particulier les petits États insulaires en développement comme les Seychelles, à respecter leurs engagements pour la mise en œuvre de l'Accord de Paris, y compris avec la fourniture d'un soutien financier pour mettre à jour leur contribution déterminée au niveau national. Alors qu'elles sont unies dans la lutte contre le changement climatique, l'UE et les Seychelles ont déclaré qu'elles s'efforceront de créer des alliances solides dans les enceintes internationales, notamment lors de la 26e Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques, COP26, en novembre à Glasgow, au Royaume-Uni, et dans le prochain Conférence des Nations Unies sur la biodiversité en avril 2022, à Kunming, Chine. Ils ont également salué les principales réalisations de l'initiative Global Climate Change Alliance + pour la protection de la population de La Digue contre les inondations ; ils ont en outre souligné l'importance capitale de l'intégration du changement climatique dans les politiques nationales.

    Ils ont également échangé des vues sur la situation de la gouvernance et des droits de l'homme aux Seychelles et ont réaffirmé leur fort attachement aux valeurs démocratiques et au respect des droits de l'homme. L'UE a félicité les Seychelles pour l'organisation d'élections justes et transparentes et la transition en douceur du pouvoir. L'UE a réaffirmé sa volonté de continuer à soutenir les Seychelles dans le renforcement des capacités de son administration ainsi que dans la lutte contre la corruption, un domaine dans lequel l'UE travaille avec les Seychelles depuis deux ans. Ils ont également discuté de l'égalité des sexes et ont souligné en particulier la nécessité d'agir de manière décisive pour prévenir et combattre la violence sexiste.

    Reconnaissant que les Seychelles sont bien connues pour appliquer des normes élevées dans tous les domaines, l'UE a encouragé les Seychelles à poursuivre leurs efforts pour s'aligner sur les meilleures pratiques internationales dans la lutte contre le blanchiment d'argent et les régimes fiscaux dommageables.

    Reconnaissant que l'UE est un partenaire commercial clé pour les Seychelles, le marché le plus important pour les exportations des Seychelles, le premier fournisseur de touristes et une source fiable d'investissements étrangers, ils ont discuté de l'intégration économique régionale et des opportunités offertes par l'accord de partenariat économique ( EPA). Ils ont convenu de l'importance d'explorer de nouveaux secteurs à potentiel d'exportation, comme la cannelle, dans le cadre du programme de soutien des APE. Ils ont également pris note de l'état d'avancement des négociations en cours pour l'approfondissement de l'APE, qui visent à établir un cadre avancé de commerce et de coopération, couvrant des questions commerciales telles que les obstacles techniques au commerce, la sécurité alimentaire, les normes phytosanitaires et animales, le numérique droits commerciaux ou de propriété intellectuelle. L'UE a également confirmé son plein engagement, avec ses États membres, en tant que Team Europe, à renforcer la compétitivité de l'économie des Seychelles et à travailler en étroite collaboration avec les autorités seychelloises pour assurer la mise en œuvre rapide et complète de la réhabilitation et de l'expansion de Port Victoria. projet.

    Les Seychelles et l'UE se sont félicitées de la signature de leur accord de partenariat dans le secteur de la pêche en 2020 et ont souligné les progrès accomplis dans le remboursement des marins seychellois à bord des navires de l'UE. Reconnaissant qu'unir leurs forces est essentiel pour prévenir, décourager et éliminer la pêche illicite, non déclarée et non réglementée (INN), ils ont convenu de poursuivre leur travail dans ce domaine. L'UE a souligné que les Seychelles, en raison d'un positionnement stratégique dans l'océan Indien, ont un rôle crucial à jouer à cet égard. L'UE a confirmé son engagement à accompagner le Gouvernement dans son ambition de développer l'Economie Bleue ; en outre, l'UE a souligné l'importance d'une coopération régionale en matière de pêche durable, y compris la nécessité d'augmenter les niveaux de conformité aux règlements de la Commission des thons de l'océan Indien (CTOI) par toutes les parties pour gérer efficacement les stocks de poissons.

    Les Seychelles et l'UE ont également noté que le sommet Union africaine-Union européenne en 2022 sera un événement important pour renforcer le partenariat avec l'Afrique. Dans ce contexte, ils ont annoncé l'organisation de BlueInvest-Africa, un événement Business-to-Business, du 15 au 16 mars 2022 aux Seychelles, un événement clé pour renforcer le partenariat Union africaine-UE dans le domaine de l'économie bleue. Ils ont discuté de l'avenir de leur partenariat dans le cadre de l'Accord post-Cotonou. Ils ont confirmé leur détermination à mettre en œuvre l'Agenda 2030 et les Objectifs de développement durable comme référence pour un avenir plus sûr, plus propre, plus juste et plus prospère. Ils ont exprimé leur satisfaction pour leurs discussions constructives, ils ont réitéré leur engagement à renforcer leur partenariat dans le cadre de l'Accord Post Cotonou et ont convenu de convoquer le prochain Dialogue Politique en 2022.

    Le ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Tourisme, Hon Sylvestre Radegonde, a dirigé la délégation seychelloise comprenant le ministre désigné et ministre de la Pêche et de l'Économie bleue, M. Jean-François Ferrari ; Ministre des Finances, du Commerce et de la Planification économique, M. Naadir Hassan ; Ministre de la Santé, Mme Peggy Vidot ; Ministre de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de la Famille, Mme Marie-Céline Zialor ; Ministre de l'Investissement, de l'Entrepreneuriat et de l'Industrie, Mme Devika Vidot ; Ministre de l'Agriculture, du Changement climatique et de l'Environnement, M. Flavien Joubert ; Ministre de l'Éducation, Dr Justin Valentin et Ministre de l'Emploi et des Affaires sociales, Mme Patricia Francourt ; Commissaire de la Commission anti-corruption, Mme May de Silva ; PDG de la Commission des droits de l'homme, M. Elvis Julie ; et représentant le ministre Errol Fonseka étaient, le commissaire aux prisons, M. Raymond St Ange, directeur du Centre national de partage et de coordination de l'information, le lieutenant-colonel Leslie Benoiton, et la directrice de la traite des personnes, Mme Ina Laporte.

    L'ambassadeur de l'Union européenne, SEM Vincent Degert a dirigé la délégation de l'UE. Il était accompagné d'ambassadeurs et de représentants de 8 États membres, à savoir : la Belgique, l'Allemagne, l'Irlande, l'Espagne, la France, la Hongrie, la Pologne et la Suède. Une délégation de la Force navale de l'UE – Opération Somalie ATALANTA dirigée par son commandant de force, le vice-amiral José M. Núñez Torrente, a également participé au dialogue politique.