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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
President Wavel Ramkalawan received the President of the Seychelles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Association, Mr. Naddy Vidot, at Government House yesterday morning. LGBTI Seychelles is a non-governmental organization that advocates for sexual orientation and gender identity rights.
Mr. Vidot was joined by members of the Seychelles LGBTI Board, which included Vice President Emily Gonthier, Secretary Sasha Alis, Treasurer Sanjoe Denousse, and Ordinary Members Sylvie Ah-Time and Sumita Joubert.
The President welcomed them in this first courtesy visit to the Government House to present the association. He appreciated the opportunity to inform him about the work of his association, its goals and plans for the future.
“We should live in a society where anyone is free to live their life however they want, regardless of their gender or orientation. As long as we respect each other and are tolerant of each other's views,” said President Ramkalawan.
During the meeting with the Head of State, Mr. Vidot and his members had the opportunity to brief him on the work of the Association, its strategies in relation to three main areas of focus; Legal Reforms, Health and Education. Relevant focus points during the discussion related to national education, anti-bullying awareness in schools, health services, human rights, the adoption process, and other legal reforms.
President Ramkalawan has duly noted all the points raised for further consideration, while the president also advised the association to continue discussions with all stakeholders to see the way forward.
Speaking to local media after the meeting, the Vice President, Sasha Alis, expressed her gratitude for being received by the President to continue discussing issues related to the LGBTI community in Seychelles.
She said: “It is a momentous historical moment for LGBTI, for us to have been able to meet with the president. We had an interesting discussion on tangible issues such as national education, raising awareness in schools, legal issues and health, and the possibility for LGBTI people in Seychelles to get equal rights and access to different facilities and services. The discussion with the President was open and frank. We are all satisfied with our meeting”.
The Seychelles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Association was established in 2015 and officially registered in 2016.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, met with the Seychellois professional basketball player, Mr. Abdel Sylla, who is currently on vacation in the Seychelles. Mr. Sylla has been playing for the French club Herminie Nantes Atlantique in the Pro B league since 2019.
The President congratulated Mr. Sylla on his achievements and said that he has made the country and the people extremely proud. He encouraged Mr. Sylla to inspire others in sports to achieve their goals too, and provide them with the motivation and guidance to succeed, especially for the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the British Isles Games. Indian Ocean of 2023.
The meeting focused on Mr. Sylla's agenda in France as a professional player and the development of sports in Seychelles. As a Seychellois who wants the best for his country and its people in sports, Mr. Sylla also had the opportunity to share with President Ramkalawan some important mechanisms to help athletes deal with his mental toughness. Also, identify the factors that influence the scope they can achieve in their respective disciplines, including self-determined motivation, environmental and surrounding factors, along with other personal forces such as persistence and optimistic thinking.
“I think our athletes in Seychelles are very talented. They just need to reinforce their discipline and work hard to achieve their goals. With discipline, commitment and working on their mental toughness, they will achieve a lot,” said Mr. Sylla in an interview with the local press.
Also present at yesterday morning's meeting was the Minister for Youth, Sports, Family, Ms. Marie-Céline Zialor, who described Mr. Sylla as an exemplar and an ambassador for Sport.
“We are neighbors by proximity, but friends and partners by choice. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that our two countries continue to take advantage of all available opportunities to further strengthen and diversify our partnership," said President Wavel Ramkalawan while proposing a toast in honor of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic. of Kenya, at a banquet held at the Eden Bleu during the latter's first State Visit.
The president also paid tribute to the late father of President Kenyatta; the founding president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, and expressed his respect and appreciation for what he has achieved for the African continent.
President Ramkalawan reiterated the importance of this state visit and what it means for the people of Seychelles and Kenya in terms of bilateral relations and underlined that the discussion has shed light on areas where bilateral and regional engagements could be further cemented in various sectors. . There he made a special call to the private sector to take advantage of this opportunity and to implement the signed agreement.
"Your visit to Seychelles testifies to the importance we attach to our relations. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the long-standing friendship between our two sister countries. A friendship built on solid foundations, shared values, common ambitions and mutual aspirations. Also it is an affirmation of our political will to build on that friendship and deepen it, all in the interest of our two peoples,” said President Ramkalawan.
As President Kenyatta prepares to step down as President, President Ramkalawan again expressed his admiration for his leadership and that Seychelles as a country will continue to need his support and guidance.
“My dear Uhuru, my brother, my friend and the leader of such a great nation, as you prepare to step down from the presidency and hand it over to your successor, tonight I want to reiterate our respect for your leadership and wish you well. We look forward to his support and guidance. You have never been afraid to take on new challenges. We know that Kenya will need you, but remember that the world and the little Seychelles will also need your guidance. We look forward to welcoming you back to our shores. From now on you are also our ambassador. Blessings for the future,” he said.
In proposing his own toast to the long life and health of HE Wavel Ramkalawan, the wealth and prosperity of the people of Seychelles; and before the promise of fraternal relations, President Kenyatta commented: “Seychelles is a country with gigantic possibilities for Kenya and the region”.
Reiterating Kenya's commitment to convene the inaugural session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between Kenya and Seychelles as soon as the dates have been mutually agreed upon, President Kenya commended Seychelles for the critical role it is playing in the blue economy and on issues related to climate change. In addition, to the important role that Seychelles played in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean.
“I am pleased to note that Seychelles is a key champion of the blue economy as an important pathway to sustainable economic development in Africa. I applaud the various efforts your government has spearheaded on climate change and the blue economy."
Regarding the maritime and shipping industry, Seychelles also has a well-developed maritime and shipping industry, President Kenyatta said that Kenya is willing to collaborate through training and capacity building programs for our mutual benefit. In the tourism sector, he said he was pleased to note that Kenya Airways has signed a joint marketing agreement with the Seychelles Tourism Board, which provides a collaborative framework to promote tourism within Africa.
In the international arena, he stressed that Kenya will intensify efforts to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to promote trade and investment between the two countries.
In concluding, President Kenyatta said that he is confident that his successor will continue to strengthen and elevate relations between Kenya and Seychelles.
The banquet was attended by the First Lady, Ms. Linda Ramkalawan, Vice President Ahmed Afif, senior officials from the Kenyan delegation, the Seychelles Cabinet of Ministers, private sector representatives and other distinguished guests.
President Wavel Ramkalawan chaired a scheduled Cabinet meeting today, Wednesday, July 13, at which a series of policy and legal memorandums were considered.
Cabinet has approved the Victorian Mayor's Bill, 2022, which will guide Victorian Mayoral elections.
Cabinet approved a proposal to dissolve the National Agency for Human Resources Development. A new Division will be created within the Ministry of Education to oversee functions related to scholarship administration, while the Department of Employment will take over Human Resources planning and development functions.
The corresponding Ministry will provide more details to the media.
The Presidency of the Republic is pleased to announce the State Visit of the Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, to the Republic of Seychelles from July 17 to 19, 2022.President Kenyatta's visit is at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan. During the 3-day visit, President Kenyatta will hold bilateral talks with President Ramkalawan at Government House. It is also expected that MOUs and Agreements will be signed during the visit.He will also address an Extraordinary Session of the National Assembly.President Kenyatta will have the pleasure of visiting Praslin Island before his departure.