From 1 to 3 September 2022, Mr. Torsak Janpian, Minister Counsellor, Mr. Wisit Bunyaritthipong, Counsellor, and Mr. Jutha Saovabha, First Secretary, from the Royal Thai Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, traveled to Seychelles to provide mobile consular services (passport application, legalization of documents and consultation on consular matters) and visited the Thai community in Seychelles.
While discussing various issues related to the details of legally living and working abroad, the Embassy encouraged the Thai people and emphasized the importance of keeping in close contact with the Embassy.
In addition, Embassy representatives also distributed medicines, masks and ATK COVID-19 test kits for Thai citizens in Seychelles to take better care of their health and stay safe from COVID-19.
Seychelles is a small island country in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
While its population is around one hundred thousand, there are nearly 100 Thai citizens residing in Seychelles.
Some of them are construction company and tuna canning factory workers, restaurant chefs, spa therapists, hoteliers, as well as married Seychellois or other foreigners and their children.
Three Tanzanian companies will present themselves to international investors at an event organized by the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles, for the first edition of BlueInvest Africa on September 7-8, 2022 in Seychelles.
Held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Seychelles, this event will bring together investors from Africa and Europe and African start-ups to generate business opportunities and promote the blue economy sector in Africa.
An important Tanzanian delegation is expected to participate in the various sessions of the event.
The three selected companies from Tanzania will present their project to investors: Eco-Act: a start-up that makes plastic products from recycled plastic waste and is seeking funds to buy machines to increase production.
ENdep Limited – a start-up company creating a solar power plant that will offer cold storage services for fish, aimed at supporting women and young fish traders.
NovFeed: Her representative, Ms. Diana Orembe, will give a TED talk on her groundbreaking experience with bacteria-based protein production for feed, in particular aquaculture.
Tanzanian participants representing their companies shared their expectations for the BlueInvest Africa event: "Tanzania is endowed with the Indian Ocean and three large inland lakes.
Therefore, the Blue Economy is of paramount importance to improve economic livelihoods."
of its citizens.
My hope is that the BlueInvest Africa event will open the doors to meet crucial investors and technology partners to unlock the full potential of the blue economy in Tanzania," said Mr. Rugola Mtandu of ENdep Limited.
“We are excited about the BlueInvest Africa forum for not only giving us the opportunity to share our experience, but also to learn from other players in the blue economy sector.
We look forward to learning from their best practices and adapting to our context to improve our impact,” said Christian Mwijage of ECO-Act Company.
In the near future, the EU will launch a EUR 140 million intervention in Tanzania with the aim of contributing to a climate-resilient Blue Economy in the coastal areas of Tanzania, in Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean (Exclusive Economic Zone) for the benefit of the economy and local communities.
communities and for the conservation of the environment.
The EU is already actively supporting the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in the implementation of three fisheries projects in Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and in the Unguja-Pemba-Pangani area.
It also supports sustainable agriculture projects in coastal areas and in Zanzibar, as well as the development of renewable energy, sustainable cities, investments and community activities that promote livelihoods and adaptation to climate change.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, sent a message of condolences to HE Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation following the death of the former and last President of the Soviet Union, Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev.In his message, President Ramkalawan stated that: “President Gorbachev was an outstanding statesman of our time who had a tremendous impact on world history.He will be remembered and revered as a bold and courageous leader, a man of firm principles and convictions who ushered in a promising era of global peace, security, and cooperation.This is the legacy that he leaves behind, which we all pay tribute to and honor.” “On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Seychelles, and on my own behalf, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the late Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev,” the President said.
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana to the Republic of Seychelles, HE Mr. Gobe Pitso, paid a farewell visit to the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, on Monday, August 29, 2022, to mark the end of his term.
He was accredited as High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana on May 7, 2019.
Ambassador Fock Tave expressed her gratitude to High Commissioner Pitso for the support provided by Botswana since the establishment of diplomatic relations in September 1988.
She also highlighted the excellent cooperation that exists between the two countries, especially in the field of education and agriculture.
For his part, High Commissioner Pitso expressed his gratitude to the Principal Secretary and the staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs for their professionalism and continued support during his tenure in ensuring that mutual objectives were met, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic.
High Commissioner Pitso also stated that Botswana wishes to continue promoting other areas of cooperation with Seychelles, such as the tourism sector.
During the meeting, the two diplomats also discussed how the two countries can continue to collaborate in the international arena to champion issues of common interest, namely the vulnerabilities of small states and climate change.
Also present at the meeting were the Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Ms. Amanda Padayachy, the Second Secretary, Ms. Zénab Kanté, and the Third Secretary and Head of Botswana, Ms. Ingrid Labrosse.
On Monday, August 29, 2022, the Designated Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Republic of Seychelles, HE Mr. Fahd bin Abdullah Aleisa, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, at Quinsy's Maison Queau.
Minister Radegonde and the Ambassador Designate recognized the excellent relations that Seychelles and Saudi Arabia have shared since the establishment of bilateral relations in September 2000.
During the meeting, the diplomats reiterated their commitments to strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.
The discussions focused on matters of mutual interest that will benefit both countries, namely cooperation in the tourism sector, visa waiver agreement, investment opportunities and flight connectivity.
During the meeting, issues related to multilateralism and cooperation in the international platform were also addressed.
HE Mr. Fahd bin Abdullah Aleisa will be based in Maputo, Mozambique.
Also present at the meeting were the Principal Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, and Senior Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism.
On his second day in Tunis, where he is attending the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), President Wavel Ramkalawan met with Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and also with the Special Envoy of the Mr. Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister.
of Japan President Ramkalawan congratulated Japan for successfully co-hosting TICAD 8.
He once again expressed his condolences to the government and people of Japan following the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe. Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa congratulated President Ramkalawan on the successful democratic transition process in October 2020.
During the meeting, they discussed ways the two countries could further enhance collaboration in various sectors.
President Wavel Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for all the support provided to Seychelles by Japan in areas such as maritime safety, capacity building, health, fisheries, disaster risk management, and for funding through grants.
, at a cost of 10 million yen (SCR 1.3 million) the renovation of the old maritime school into a school for the deaf which was completed in 2021.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa , expressed appreciation for the support provided by the Seychelles to the numerous candidatures from Japan.
in international organizations.
Other issues discussed during the bilateral meeting were related to climate change, the Blue Economy, support for a multidimensional vulnerability index for Small Island Developing States, and the possibility of Japanese investment in sectors such as fish processing and sewage treatment.
Also present at the meeting were Mr. Conrad Mederic, Ambassador of Seychelles to the African Union and Ethiopia, and Ms. Lindy Ernesta, Director General, Bilateral Affairs Division, Department of Foreign Affairs.
It is worth noting that Mr. Kishida Fumio, the Prime Minister of Japan, will attend the TICAD 8 summit virtually from Tokyo.
Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa, Foreign Minister of Japan, is in Tunis for the TICAD 8 summit.
He is also there as a special envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister.
On August 27, starting at around 07:20 p.m. (local time; August 28, around 03:20 a.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN, President of the Republic of Seychelles.
The summary of the courtesy call is as follows.
Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago.
President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude.
Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles' initiatives, including climate change countermeasures, and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles, which has a large EEZ, the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific .
In response, President Ramkalawan, emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles, expressed appreciation for Japan's extensive support for Seychelles.
They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8.
Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa.
President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan's support.
Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance, and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other.
In addition, the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems, such as North Korea, including nuclear, missile and hijacking issues, and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council.
They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, arrived yesterday in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, where he will participate in the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which will be held from August 27 to 28, 2022 The President was received upon arrival in Tunisia by Mrs. Najla Bouden Romdhane, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tunisia.
Also at the welcoming party were the Tunisian Minister of Defense, Mr. Imed Memiche, the Tunisian Minister for Women, Children and the Elderly, Mrs. Amel Belhaj Moussa, the Tunisian Minister of Sports and Youth, Mr. Kamel Deguiche, the Minister of Tourism of Tunisia, Mr. Mohamed Belhassine and the Mayor of Tunisia, Mrs. Souad Abderrahim.
The TICAD Summit is co-sponsored by the Government of Japan, the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank, and the African Union Commission (AUC).
Accompanying the President in Tunisia are Mr. Conrad Mederic, Ambassador of Seychelles to the African Union and Ethiopia, Ms. Lindy Ernesta, Director General, Bilateral Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Rached Triméche, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Seychelles in Tunisia.
Upon learning of the passing of Ms. Florence Benstrong, former teacher, politician and Mayor of Victoria, President Wavel Ramkalawan has sent the following message: “On behalf of the people of Seychelles and on my own behalf, we extend our deepest condolences to Benstrong .
family as they mourn her beloved Florencia.
Her many contributions to the country's development are well known and the nation appreciates the leadership role she played wherever she worked.
We still regret the death of another valuable citizen.
May his soul rest in peace."
The World Bank approved a $400 million grant from the International Development Association (*IDA) to support the Safer Roads Project for the Economic Integration of the Republic of Mozambique.
The objective of the project is to improve road connectivity, safety and climate resilience, as well as foster greater social inclusion in the project areas.
“Roads are vital for economic activity, growth, social inclusion and poverty reduction,” said Idah Z.
Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.
“This operation is essential to revitalize the connectivity of Mozambique's North-South highways and thus integrate the fragile provinces of the center-north with the rest of the country by rehabilitating priority road sections of the N1 North-South corridor.
The majority of project funds will finance the design and rehabilitation of safer and more climate-resilient roads, including road improvement and maintenance.
A total of 508 kilometers of selected priority road sections will benefit from rehabilitation.
Among them are the following: Metoro – Pemba (94 kilometers) in the province of Cabo Delgado; Gorongosa – Caia Lot 1 (0-84 km), Gorongosa – Caia Lot 2 (84-168 km) and Inchope – Gorongosa (70 km) in Sofala province; and Chimuara – Nicoadala Lot 1 (0-88 km) and Chimuara – Nicoadala Lot 2 (88-176 km) in Zambezia province.
Other activities funded by the project will help promote community participation and women's empowerment; improve road safety management, institutional development and project management; and develop a contingent emergency response.
“The project will also support road sector reforms aimed at improving road safety, better preserving and managing road assets, improving road sector financing mechanisms and boosting preparedness for natural disasters,” added Nargis Ryskulova, Senior Specialist at World Bank transportation and project leader.
“The project is part of a Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach (MPA) also approved by the Board today that unlocks an indicative financing package of $850 million in support of the road sector of the Republic of Mozambique.
The AMP has an expected duration of ten years”.
Corridor N1 is the longest road corridor in the country connecting the southern province of Maputo with the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado.
Fragile and conflict-affected areas in central and northern Mozambique are not adequately integrated with the rest of the economy, contributing to poverty and adding to the underlying causes of fragility and insecurity.
Upgrading the N1 would increase accessibility to the domestic market, unlock agricultural and tourism potential, and benefit around 56% of the total population.
Furthermore, climate change and the increasing frequency of tropical cyclones in Mozambique are having a devastating impact on road infrastructure.
Finally, Mozambique has one of the highest road fatality rates in the world and incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEA/SH) are widespread in the country.
This project will seek to address many of these challenges.
The project is fully consistent with the Mozambique National Development Strategy 2015-2035 and with the World Bank Country Partnership Framework FY23-27, currently in preparation.
The project is also aligned with Mozambique's long-term strategy for road sector development 2020-2024, the World Bank Group's Climate Change Action Plan 2021-25, and the Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan. .
*The World Bank's International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world's poorest countries by providing grants and low- or zero-interest loans for projects and programs that drive economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve life of poor people.
IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance to the world's 74 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa.
IDA resources create positive change for the 1.3 billion people who live in IDA countries.
Since 1960, IDA has provided $458 billion to 114 countries.
Annual commitments averaged about $29 billion over the last three years (fiscal years 2019 and 2021), of which about 70% went to Africa.