The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, attended the opening session of the 77th session of the General Debate for Heads of State and Government of the United Nations (UNGA77), which is currently taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. President Ramkalawan is among more than 150 world leaders in New York and will deliver remarks over the next two days as part of the General Debate of Heads of State and Government.
Addressing the room, President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, while expressing Seychelles' deep appreciation to the outgoing President, Mr. Abdullah Shahid, for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly.
He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
“I also wish to express our gratitude to the UN Secretary General, HE Mr. Antonio Guterres, for his efforts to pursue a Common Agenda for the United Nations, at a time when faith in the multilateral system needs, more than ever, be restored.
” The President reminded the assembly that multilateralism provided each Member State with the opportunity and means to solve complex challenges collectively, which could not otherwise be overcome alone, particularly in the face of the various important global challenges that exist, “We have never faced challenges of such magnitude.
A world in deep crisis; Climate inaction, the aftermath of the pandemic, food insecurity, rising energy costs, and the war in Ukraine.
We have reached a turning point.
One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order, as the dangers to our collective well-being are grave and numerous."
“In the face of a multiplicity of interrelated challenges for which many of us are less responsible, but more affected by them, the plight of states in vulnerable situations has never been more pronounced.
Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress,” the President stressed.
Furthermore, he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDs) while continuing to implement temporary solutions.
“If this is going to be a defining moment, we need to put real solutions in place that focus on addressing vulnerabilities and building resilience to ensure socio-economic sustainability.
We need international financial institutions and multilateral development banks to look beyond the Gross National Income benchmark.” “There is broad consensus that a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) offers a specific approach that will complement and enhance the effectiveness of development cooperation, allowing countries in vulnerable situations to access concessional financing and address their needs,” he said.
The President, who is a member of the High Level Committee appointed by the UN Secretary General representing the small island states of the Atlantic, Africa and South East Asia, welcomed the interim report of the High Level Panel on the MVI, and also expressed hope that progress on inclusive and universally accepted indicators that capture the vulnerabilities of all developing states can be accelerated before the 2023 deadline.
The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions.
During his participation in UNGA 77, President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings.
The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden, tonight.
Other members of the Seychelles delegation include; Member of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, Ambassador Ian Madeleine, High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Claude Morel, and Second Secretary Division for Multilateral Affairs, Ms. Marion Etienne.
Kindly find below the link to read the President's full UNGA 77: https://www.statehouse.gov.sc/speeches/5664/unga-77-speech-by-president-wavel-ramkalawan OR Watch the full video of the Speech via House of Representatives YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/7SWkw7mqmKQ
On behalf of the Government and people of Seychelles and on his personal behalf, President Wavel Ramkalawan has sent a message of condolences to the wife and family of former Minister Dr. Peter Larose following his passing.
"My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of former Minister Peter Larose.
Dr. Larose served his country with devotion and professionalism in various capacities and made significant contributions to his homeland, particularly in the area of finance.
He will be remembered for his hard work and commitment in everything he did.
He always put his country first.
This was clearly on display when his nomination as Minister was unanimously approved by members of all political parties in the National Assembly.
Our comforting thoughts and courage go out to all his loved ones during the time of his loss."
Dr. Larose has extensive experience in the fields of finance, accounting, economics, and banking.
He has an MBA in International Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. in UK Commercial Banking from the same university.
Beginning his career in 1975, he rose through the ranks to become an advisor to the Ministry of Finance from 2000 to 2001 and General Manager of the Central Bank of Seychelles from 2001 to 2005.
He has held various positions at the World Bank since 2008, and prior to his appointment as Minister in October 2016, he was Executive Director of the African Group 1 Constituency at the World Bank Group.
The Office of the President has announced the appointment of the new Board of Seychelles Petroleum Company (SEYPEC).
The Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors is Ms. Jennifer Morel.
The other members of the Board are: Mr. Brian Commettant Mr. Patrick Joseph Mr. Muhammad Saley Mr. Yannick Vel Mr. Tony Imaduwa Mr. Nichol Elizabeth Ms. Marie-May Jeremie Captain Didier Marc Versange Hoareau The members of the Board have been appointed for a period of 3 years.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde received the new Acting Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America based in Port Louis, Mauritius, Mr. Satrajit (Jitu) Sardar at Maison Quéau de Quinssy on Tuesday 13 September 2022.
During the meeting, Mr. Sardar expressed the interest of the Government of the United States (USA) in re-establishing a permanent diplomatic presence in Seychelles.
He said this will help further enhance the strong partnership in existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
He went further by explaining that a permanent presence will allow for more dialogue on issues of mutual interest in the region, particularly in the field of Maritime Security and capacity building, and in the international arena.
Minister Radegonde welcomed the idea and agreed that this initiative will benefit both countries and allow both sides to re-establish discussions on facilitating entry to the US for Seychellois citizens.
Mr. Radegonde invited Mr. Sadar to continue discussions with relevant Department of Foreign Affairs officials to agree on the level of representation the US Government will have in Seychelles and assured the Chargé d'Affaires of his full support during the whole process.
Minister Radegonde and Mr. Sardar also referred to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that will take place in New York from September 13 to 26 and the US Africa Summit, which will be organized by President Joseph Biden Jr. in Washington DC on September 13-15.
Mr. Sardar was accompanied to the meeting by the Political and Economic Officer, Mr. Nicolas Christan.
Also present at the meeting were Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, Principal Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism.
The Kingdom of Eswatini has once again hosted delegates from the Eastern, Central and Southern African College of Nursing (ECSACON) for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference and 7th Quadrennial General Assembly.
The conference kicked off on a high note in Manzini on September 13, 2022, with delegates from 16 countries across East, Central and Southern Africa, including Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Seychelles, and the hosts Eswatini, Botswana and Lesotho.
The last conference was held in the Kingdom in August 1998, under the theme: 'Improving Adolescent Health: Nurses and Midwives Working in Partnership with Communities' and was officiated by Her Majesty King Mswati III.
This was one of the most memorable events where the country witnessed nursing and midwifery science experts sharing scientific knowledge and best practices aimed at improving the health of our people.
The conference was officially opened by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.
Broadcasting a recorded message, he began by applauding all the nurses and midwives in South, East and Central Africa for their steadfast commitment and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also pointed out that there is a shortage of nurses and midwives around the world, adding that there is a notable shortage in the African region.
He mentioned that at the World Health Assembly (WHA), countries committed to strengthening support and safeguarding nurses, midwives and other members of the health care workforce.
Dr. Ghebreyesus highlighted that WHO has developed tools to help countries meet this commitment, including the Global Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery.
He noted that there are encouraging signs of progress in this regard.
“WHO remains committed to helping all countries strengthen their health workforce, especially in Africa, and we remain committed to supporting all nurses and midwives to ensure they receive quality education, a living wage, a safe and supportive environment, and the respect they deserve.
" he said.
During the official opening, His Excellency the Honorable Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini Themba Masuku recognized the tremendous progress that African countries have made in addressing the health problems of adolescents who, due to HIV/AIDS, suffered a setback in the early 2000s until the discovery of antiretroviral drugs drugs that became a solution to the burden of HIV Masuku reiterated that the extraordinary commitment, selflessness, passion, impartiality and dedication cannot be overstated demonstrated by nurses and midwives to address the health challenges facing communities and meet regional and global goals She added that the Kingdom of Eswatini, like other countries in the ECSA region, is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and that nurses and midwives are essential to achieving (UHC) through Primary Health Care. C, you are the first healthcare personnel to interact with patients and sometimes the only healthcare professional a patient will see.
It provides care, support and treatment to the sick, injured, dying and supports their families and communities,” he said.
Masuku noted that the changing burden of disease and new emerging diseases such as COVID-19 have highlighted the need to strengthen the way healthcare is delivered in the ECSA region and the world at large.
He further stated that this also challenges the nursing and midwifery professions to embrace science and innovation while constantly seeking solutions to the new and complex challenges they face in nurse and midwife production (education), leadership and management, research and practice.
The acting prime minister also noted that the sub-Saharan African region has grown economically over the past two decades with an impressive growth of more than 300% in total GDP since 2000.
This growth, he noted, has been accompanied by increases in health spending.
and significant gains in health outcomes with improvements in health care and health outcomes directly supported by economic growth in the region.
Despite the progress, Masuku added, the region still struggles with the highest disease burden in the world, including an emerging double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
“This requires investing in the Nursing and Midwifery professions if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected nursing education and practice.
This pandemic has exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in health systems and has presented important lessons for future preparedness,” he said, adding that the conference therefore comes at an opportune time to share lessons learned and learn from each other to contribute to achieving universal health.
coverage and sustainable development goals.
"We cannot succeed without each other, and we must engage with respect and dignity while seeking guidance from standards and principles that have evolved through time, experience and collective wisdom."
The conference was attended by over 400 nurses who took the time to observe a moment of silence for all the nurses and midwives who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
Delegates also recommitted to faithfully practicing the profession and upholding and upholding the standard of the nursing profession.
ECSACON has contributed for the past 32 years to capacity building in nursing education, regulation and practice.
She has contributed to several studies, including the State of the World Nursing report and the World Midwifery report, to name a few.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, will attend the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which will take place on Monday 19th September at the Westminster Abbey, in the United Kingdom.
After the state funeral, the president and first lady will travel to New York, where they will attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77).
The president will leave the country on Saturday, September 17, and will return on Saturday, September 24, 2022.
During President Ramkalawan's absence from the country, his duties and responsibilities will be carried out by Vice President Ahmed Afif.
More than 15 Heads of State and at least 50 senior diplomats and foreign officials representing nations from around the world gathered this morning at Nairobi's Kasani Stadium to witness the inauguration of the fifth President and Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force of Kenya, HE Dr. WiIliam Ruto and the Vice President of Kenya, HE Geoffrey Rigathi Gachagua.
With a strong presence of African and foreign dignitaries, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, joined thousands of Kenyans to celebrate and take office as President of Kenya.
During the ceremony, President Uhuru Kenyatta performed his last functions as Head of State where he symbolically handed over the instruments of power to the incoming President, Ruto. To be officially declared President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency President Ruto took two oaths; the President's Oath of Allegiance and the President's Oath of Due Performance before the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Judge Martha Koome, EGH The recently sworn-in Head of State also delivered his first inaugural address to the Nation.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, alongside presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi, attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya.
The event, held at the Kasarani Stadium, is Kenya’s fifth presidential inauguration.
Ruto was declared winner of the Aug. 9 presidential election after defeating rival, Raila Odinga.
Ruto, 55, served as Kenya’s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate.
In Oct. 2014, he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kenyatta’s charges were later dropped.
The event featured inspection of guards, swearing-in, military parades, transfer of sword, seal, Kenyan Constitution to the new president, musical renditions, cultural display, among others.
Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Republic of Congo, Somalia, Seychelles, Mozambique, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Comoros, Zimbabwe, Eswantini, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran, France, Japan, Palestine, Egypt, China, UK, India, Qatar, Botswana, Morocco, Germany, Australia, Togo, Netherlands, The Gambia, UAE among others.
Chairperson of AU, representatives of the Commonwealth, other regional and international bodies were also at the event.
In his speech, Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself under “exceptionally challenging circumstances.
The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has welcomed 12 new CEOs, including five women, for a three-year term.
The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, welcomed the new representatives of the 20-member Board of Directors.
They officially joined the Board on August 1, 2022 and began a four-day induction program on September 1, 2022 to familiarize themselves with the work of the Bank. “I wish to congratulate you, the new members of the Board of Directors, for your election as Executive Directors, who will have the duty, obligation and responsibility to help strengthen the supervisory functions of our institution, guide our operations and support the vision .
and direction of our work,” said Adesina.
The number of women on the Board increased from three to five.
Malika Dhif, who is the new Executive Director for Morocco, Togo and Tunisia, was previously Deputy Director of the Treasury and Foreign Finance of Morocco, in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic world, America, Asia and international institutions.
For their part, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad are represented by Chantal Modeste Nonault, public accountant, administrative and financial director of the World Bank's regional office in Mali. Mette Knudsen, a Danish national, represents Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
The United States of America is represented on the Bank's Board of Directors by Oren Elaine Whyche, a long-time Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Lastly, Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya, a South African national, represents South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho.
She was previously CEO of the South African company NXN Analytics.
Edmond Raphaël Wega, former Canadian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin, now represents Canada, China, Kuwait, Korea and Turkey on the Bank's Board of Directors.
Brahim Bouzeboudjène, a senior official in charge of combating corruption in Algeria and former director of the Algerian Prime Minister's Office, is the new executive director for Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar.
The Executive Director for Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe is the Angolan economist Joao Luis Ngimbi.
A former Gabonese Minister of Energy and Secretary General of the Bank of Central African States, Désiré Guedon is now the Executive Director for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
Gérard Pascal Bussier, Deputy Financial Secretary at the Mauritius Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, is the new Executive Director for Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius and Zambia.
The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan are represented by the Liberian economist Rufus Darkortey.
Another economist, Jonathan Nzayikorera of Rwanda, who knows the Bank well after serving as senior adviser to his predecessor, now represents Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The new Board members were appointed following the general election of Executive Directors by the Boards of Governors at the African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Accra, Ghana, in May 2022.
The Bank's Board of Directors African Development Committee is made up of 20 members.
Thirteen members are elected by the Governors of the regional member countries (54 African countries) and seven by the Governors of the non-regional member countries (27 countries).
The Executive Directors are elected for a period of three years, renewable once.
The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for conducting the general operations of the Bank. They are based at the Bank's headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and meet as often as the Bank's work requires.
The President of the Bank is the President of the Board of Directors.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan has sent a congratulatory message to King Carlos III on the occasion of his accession to the throne.
President Ramkalwan's message reads as follows: Quote “Your Majesty, On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Seychelles, and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to offer you our warmest congratulations on your accession to the throne of Your Majesty.
I am confident that under your reign, the United Kingdom will continue to prosper, enjoy peace and stability, and continue to be a force for good, promoting democratic values, human rights, the rule of law and peace throughout the world.
On these, as on other issues that you have been a fervent supporter of, such as the environment, climate change, renewable energy and Small Island Developing States, I pledge my full support.
Seychelles and the United Kingdom enjoy excellent relations.
We value our ties to the UK and our membership in the Commonwealth.
I am convinced that these bonds of trust, friendship and cooperation will be further strengthened during Her Majesty's reign.
I wish Her Majesty and the Royal Family good health, happiness, prosperity and much success, and look forward to meeting you again in the near future.”