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  •  High Commissioner Claude Morel heads the East African Standby Force Electoral Observation Mission EASF EOM in Nairobi
    High Commissioner Claude Morel heads the East African Standby Force – Electoral Observation Mission (EASF-EOM) in Nairobi
     High Commissioner Claude Morel heads the East African Standby Force Electoral Observation Mission EASF EOM in Nairobi
    High Commissioner Claude Morel heads the East African Standby Force – Electoral Observation Mission (EASF-EOM) in Nairobi
    Africa18 hours ago

    High Commissioner Claude Morel heads the East African Standby Force – Electoral Observation Mission (EASF-EOM) in Nairobi

    The work of the East African Standby Force - Election Observation Mission (EASF-EOM) for the general elections began today, in the Republic of Kenya.

    Mr. Claude Morel, High Commissioner for Seychelles based in Pretoria is the EOM's Chief of Mission.

    High Commissioner Morel and his delegation are scheduled to observe polling stations and hold several meetings with relevant stakeholders to ensure that all electoral activities are in accordance with current protocols.

    The EOM-EASF continues to be guided by the 2012 AU African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, international instruments on election observation, and the national legal framework governing elections in Kenya.

    Following the mission's observation, a preliminary report on the evaluation and conduct of the elections will be issued on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

    Kenyans are expected to vote for a new president and vice president, county governors and running mates, members of the Senate, Representatives of the National Assembly and Members of County Assemblies.

    EOM delegates include Seychelles, Mr. Jules Hoareau and Ms. Octavia Rose.

  •  President receives postgraduate degree from Praslin after obtaining double degree
    President receives postgraduate degree from Praslin after obtaining double degree
     President receives postgraduate degree from Praslin after obtaining double degree
    President receives postgraduate degree from Praslin after obtaining double degree
    Africa4 days ago

    President receives postgraduate degree from Praslin after obtaining double degree

    President Wavel Ramkalawan received Miss Ellis Chan Pen Tive, who recently obtained a double degree in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Forensic Accounting, for a courtesy call at the State House yesterday morning.

    The president congratulated Ellis on her accomplishments and together they discussed possible future careers and opportunities given the high demand for her field of study.

    "Well done for making Seychelles and your family proud.

    Your domain of study; forensic accounting is an area where we need more expertise.

    I wish you the best of luck for the future and urge you to continue to challenge yourself towards a continuing professional development," the president said.

    Ramkalawan.

    Ellis received a scholarship following her studies at the School of Business Studies, where she completed a Diploma in Accounting and Finance.

    She currently works at Raffle Hotel as a revenue auditor.

    She was accompanied on her visit to Government House by her father, Mr. Derrick Chang Pen Tive, and her aunt, Mrs. Myra Labrosse.

  •  The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan NIEMP
    The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP)
     The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan NIEMP
    The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP)
    Africa5 days ago

    The President Attends the Official Launch of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP)

    The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan attended the launch ceremony of the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP), which took place at the Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa, Beau Vallon yesterday morning.

    This event has been facilitated by the World Bank with the Government of Seychelles, with the support of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative.

    The Crews Initiative; is a specialized agency of the United Nations whose mandate covers weather, climate and water resources.

    The World Bank delegation is conducting a 2-week mission from August 1 to 12, 2022 in Seychelles to provide technical assistance to the Disaster Risk Management Division (DRMD).

    World Bank technical assistance will focus on improving emergency coordination at the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) level and turning early warning into effective early action.

    There will be training sessions covering two main components; that is, the training of specialized support personnel who will be the Focal Point dedicated to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) of the key MDAs to support decision makers for the coordination of DRM.

    These Focal Points are expected to eventually lead the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Contingency Response Plans for their MDAs. Second, build the capacity of key decision-makers within MDAs to better understand their roles in supporting disaster response and recovery operations.

    In his opening speech, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Errol Fonseka, affirmed that the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan outlines the path to follow so that all the actors develop their sectoral plans according to their functions as lead agencies and support in five functional areas that includes Rescue and Security, Health, Humanitarian Services, Infrastructure and Essential Services, and Emergency Management.

    He called on all stakeholders to see the urgency of implementing the development of plans and SOPs for Risk Reduction based on the existential changes that are happening around the world and that have a direct impact on the security of the country.

    “It is true that the ownership for the development of Risk Reduction Plans and SOPs does lie with the respective portfolios, however, I hasten to add that at DRMD, we will be at your side at all times to help you in your development.

    These functions will need to be put in place to meet the government's expectations of reducing disaster risks by implementing an effective collaborative approach to reduce the effects of multi-hazard events,” the Minister said.

    “Its objective is to strengthen emergency preparedness for an effective response at all levels and thus contribute to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 Priority 4: Improve disaster preparedness for an effective response and 'Build Back Better' in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction," he added.

    World Bank Task Force Leader, Ms. Keren Charles, reiterated that the main focus of technical assistance is to improve emergency coordination at the ministries, departments, and agency levels by turning early warning into effective early action.

    “Training sessions to empower specialist support staff who will be key MDA Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Dedicated Focal Point and key decision makers within MDA will be provided with insights to better understand their roles in supporting to the disaster response and recovery operation,” said Ms. Carlos.

    During the ceremony, there were also remarks from the Director General (DRMD), Mr. Robert Ernesta, the Head of CREWS by Video, Mr. John Harding, the Seychelles Risk and Resilience Requirements High Level Overview Presentation and the Disaster Case Study by Senior Disaster Risk Management Consultants (World Bank) Mr. Paul Hayden (World Bank).

    Also present at the ceremony yesterday morning was the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Ahmed Afif, Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles.

    Honorable Roger Mancienne, Ministers and DRMD team.

  •  President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
    President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
     President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
    President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House
    Africa5 days ago

    President Ramkalawan meets with the Emirates Group delegation at Government House

    President Wavel Ramkalawan received the Senior Vice President of the Emirates International Affairs Group Division, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, at the State House yesterday morning.

    The President welcomed Sheikh Majid Al Mualla on his official visit to Seychelles and expressed his hope that he will serve to pave new paths, develop new partnerships and strengthen cooperation in the field of aviation and tourism.

    “Thank you for your service to Seychelles over the years, Emirates has been one of our number one loyal partners and we look forward to enhancing relations,” said Chairman Ramkalawan.

    During their discussion, the President and Sheikh Majid Al Mualla exchanged views on various ideas on the way forward and proposals to improve relations.

    Speaking to the local press after his courtesy visit to the president, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla expressed his gratitude to the government for its continued support.

    “Seychelles is one of the first destinations to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate the very good support we received.

    We are committed to this market, we have been in Seychelles for 20 years, with double daily flights and we look forward to expanding and increasing our partnership and operation”, he said.

    Other members of the Emirates Group delegation included the Indian Ocean Islands Manager, Mr. Oomar Ramtoola, and the Seychelles Country Manager, Ms. Denise Prea. Emirates Airline has been flying to Seychelles since January 2004 and employs over 100 Seychellois airline professionals.

  •  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
    Africa5 days 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.

  •  Seychelles Appointment of ad hoc appellate judges
    Seychelles: Appointment of ad-hoc appellate judges
     Seychelles Appointment of ad hoc appellate judges
    Seychelles: Appointment of ad-hoc appellate judges
    Africa5 days ago

    Seychelles: Appointment of ad-hoc appellate judges

    Following the recommendations of the Court of Appeal for the appointment of three special judges of appeal to hear the case of EEEL against Vijay Construction Pty Ltd, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, received the recommendations of the Appointments Authority Constitutional Courts (CAA) and has accordingly appointed Judge Winston Anderson as chairman of the panel and two other members, Judge Carl Singh and Judge William Young, to hear the case and make a final determination.

    Justice Winston Anderson (Chairman of the ad-hoc appellate panel of judges) is a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice ("CCJ"), which is the highest court on civil, constitutional and criminal appeals for four sovereign states: Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guiana.

    He has been a CCJ Judge for twelve (12) years and is now the third longest serving Judge on the Court.

    Justice William Young has served on the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

    Sir William is an Honorary Fellow of the Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

    He has an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Canterbury.

    Justice Carl Singh has served in the Supreme Court of Guyana, followed by Chief Justice of Guyana, and later in the Office of the Chancellor and Chief of the Guyana Judiciary.

    He was also Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Guyana.

  •  The African Union AU and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections
    The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections
     The African Union AU and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections
    The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections
    Africa5 days ago

    The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) launch a Joint Election Observer Mission for the 2022 Kenyan General Elections

    The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), today officially launched their joint election observation mission for the upcoming general elections in Kenya.

    The Joint Mission is led by the former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, with the support of the former Minister of Health and Social Development of the Seychelles, Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, a member of the Committee of the Elderly of COMESA.

    The objectives of the Mission are to assess the conduct of the 2022 general elections as part of AU-COMESA's broad mandates to promote democracy and democratic elections in Africa in accordance with its overall vision of a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.

    Speaking at the launch of the Mission, President Koroma stated that the mandate of the AU-COMESA Joint Electoral Observation Mission is an independent, objective and impartial evaluation of the electoral process in accordance with the provisions of international standards and principles that the two organizations have committed.

    Emphasizing that, "As short-term observers, you have a demanding task ahead of you and I hope that this three-day briefing program will enrich your understanding of the context of the elections," President Koroma added that, "The Mission will demonstrate the joint efforts of the two organizations to promote peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible elections that will strengthen Kenya's democratic process."

    In her remarks, Ambassador Lloyd, who is the deputy leader of the Joint Mission, said the launch demonstrates the importance of the elections of August 9", which is not only recognized by COMESA and the AU but also by the international community in general as is evident in the record number of former presidents leading the observation missions".

    The mission, which launched on August 4, 2022, was followed by a three-day briefing and orientation exercise for observers The AU and COMESA began joint engagements in the Kenyan electoral process in May 2022, with the deployment of a high-level pre-election assessment mission to assess the preparation and the context in which the elections will take place.

    A joint mission of electoral experts began in June and a long-term electoral observation mission followed in July 2022.

    The joint mission is made up of 90 observers from governments, Member States, the Pan-African Parliament, civil society organizations, academic institutions and Electoral Management Bodies in Africa, among others.

    Short-term observers will be deployed to various electoral areas in the country on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

  •  Seychelles to lead East African Standby Force EASF Election Observer Mission in Kenya
    Seychelles to lead East African Standby Force (EASF) Election Observer Mission in Kenya
     Seychelles to lead East African Standby Force EASF Election Observer Mission in Kenya
    Seychelles to lead East African Standby Force (EASF) Election Observer Mission in Kenya
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    Seychelles to lead East African Standby Force (EASF) Election Observer Mission in Kenya

    The East African Standby Force (EASF) announces the deployment of its Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the general elections in the Republic of Kenya.

    His Excellency Ambassador Claude Morel has been appointed Head of Mission.

    The East African Standby Force Election Observation Mission (EASF-EOM) will be based in Nairobi and the mission will comprise twenty observers from ten countries in the eastern region, including Seychelles.

    General elections in Kenya will be held on August 9, where Kenyan voters will elect the president and vice president, county governors and running mates, members of the Senate, representatives of the National Assembly and members of the County Assemblies.

    Voting will take place at an estimated 46,232 polling stations across the country.

    The EOM-EASF assessment will be based on the relevant provisions of the 2012 AU African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, other relevant international instruments on election observation, as well as the national legal framework governing elections in Kenya.

    EASF asks all candidates and political leaders to maintain respect and tolerance throughout the electoral process, to respect human rights and the divergence of opinions.

    The Head of Mission, Ambassador Morel, is expected to meet with relevant stakeholders involved in the electoral process in Kenya.

    The EASF was the only observation mission deployed during the Seychelles general elections in 2020.

    A preliminary report on the evaluation and conduct of the elections is expected to be published on 10 August 2022.

  •  Healthy life expectancy in Africa increases by almost ten years
    Healthy life expectancy in Africa increases by almost ten years
     Healthy life expectancy in Africa increases by almost ten years
    Healthy life expectancy in Africa increases by almost ten years
    Africa6 days ago

    Healthy life expectancy in Africa increases by almost ten years

    Healthy life expectancy in the African region has increased by an average of 10 years per person between 2000 and 2019, according to an assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    This increase is greater than in any other region of the world during the same period.

    The report also notes that the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could threaten these enormous achievements.

    The WHO Africa Region Universal Health Coverage Tracking 2022 report shows that healthy life expectancy, or the number of years a person is in good health, increased to 56 years in 2019, compared with 46 in 2000.

    Although still well below the global average of 64, during the same period, global healthy life expectancy increased by only five years.

    Improvements in the provision of essential health services, advances in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, as well as advances in the fight against infectious diseases, thanks to the rapid expansion of measures to control HIV, tuberculosis and malaria beginning in 2005.

    helped extend healthy life expectancy.

    On average, coverage of essential health services improved to 46% in 2019, compared to 24% in 2000.

    The most significant gains were in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, but this was offset by the drastic increase in hypertension, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases and the lack of health services directed at these diseases.

    “The marked increase in healthy life expectancy over the last two decades is a testament to the region's drive to improve the health and well-being of the population.

    In essence, it means more people living longer, healthier lives, with fewer infectious disease threats and better access to disease prevention and care services,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

    .

    “But progress must not stall.

    Unless countries improve measures against the threat of cancer and other noncommunicable diseases, health gains could be jeopardized."

    Progress in healthy life expectancy could also be undermined by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic unless robust recovery plans are instituted.

    On average, African countries reported higher disruptions to essential services compared to other regions.

    More than 90% of the 36 countries that responded to a 2021 WHO survey reported one or more interruptions in essential health services, with immunization, neglected tropical diseases and nutrition services experiencing the greatest interruptions.

    Efforts have been made to restore essential services affected by the pandemic.

    However, to improve health services and ensure that they are adequate, of good quality and accessible to all, it is essential that governments increase funding for public health.

    Most governments in Africa fund less than 50% of their national health budgets, leading to large funding gaps.

    Only Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eswatini, Gabon, Seychelles and South Africa finance more than 50% of their national health budgets.

    “COVID-19 has shown how investing in health is critical to a country's security.

    The better Africa can cope with pandemics and other health threats, the more our people and economies will prosper.

    I urge governments to invest in health and be prepared to deal with the next pathogen that comes our way,” said Dr. Moeti.

    One of the key measures to improve access to health services is for governments to reduce catastrophic household out-of-pocket expenses.

    Health spending is considered non-catastrophic when families spend less than 10% of their income on health expenses, regardless of their poverty level.

    Over the last 20 years, out-of-pocket spending has either stagnated or increased in 15 countries.

    The WHO report also looked at differences in healthy life expectancy and health service coverage by country income level and geographic location.

    High- and upper-middle-income countries tend to have better health service coverage and longer healthy life expectancies at birth than low-income countries, with around 10 additional years of healthy life expectancy.

    The report recommends that countries accelerate efforts to improve financial risk protection, rethink and reactivate health service delivery with a focus on incorporating non-communicable health services as part of essential health services, involving to communities and the private sector.

    It also recommends implementing subnational system monitoring systems so that countries can better capture early warning signs of health threats and system failures.

  •  Senior Foreign Secretary Receives China s Special Representative for African Affairs
    Senior Foreign Secretary Receives China’s Special Representative for African Affairs
     Senior Foreign Secretary Receives China s Special Representative for African Affairs
    Senior Foreign Secretary Receives China’s Special Representative for African Affairs
    Africa1 week ago

    Senior Foreign Secretary Receives China’s Special Representative for African Affairs

    The Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, received Ambassador XU Jinghu, Special Representative of the Government of China for African Affairs, on Monday, August 2, 2022, at Maison Quéau de Quinssy.

    Ambassador XU Jinghu and her delegation are currently on a regional tour and were accompanied by the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Seychelles, Ms. GUO Wei. During their meeting, the diplomats discussed areas of mutual interest, especially the excellent bilateral relationship and people-to-people ties that Seychelles and China have shared over the years.

    Ambassador Fock Tave recognized China's fundamental role in the socio-economic development of Seychelles since its independence.

    China and Seychelles remain committed to deepening cooperation in various fields, including the education sector, the health sector, and the blue economy, among others.

    Ambassador XU Jinghu congratulated Seychelles for its efforts to implement an effective vaccination campaign against COVID-19: Seychelles is among the countries with high vaccination rates worldwide.

    The two sides also discussed issues related to multilateralism, cooperation between the two countries in international forums and other international issues of interest to Seychelles and China.

    Ambassador XU Jinghu expressed China's willingness to assist Small Island Developing States in their advocacy for the adoption of a multidimensional Vulnerability Index.

    Senior officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs were also present at the meeting.