On the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, President Wavel Ramkalawan also held bilateral talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, HE Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan.
The meeting was held at the Seychelles Mission in New York. On behalf of Seychelles, President Ramkalawan conveyed sincere thanks to the UAE government for all the support provided to Seychelles so far and the country's willingness to further consolidate bilateral relations through new avenues of cooperation.
"Seychelles is willing to engage with the UAE in new fields of cooperation of mutual interest and we are incredibly grateful for the ever-growing ties of friendship and partnership that exist between our two governments," said President Ramkalawan.
The Minister of the United Arab Emirates, HE Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, for his part expressed the will of the Government of the United Arab Emirates to further enhance the partnership from country to country and, at the same time, extend its support to a nation exemplary island nation like Seychelles, which leads in key domains not only in Africa but on the global platform.
Sheikh Shakboot gave the good news and confirmed that the UAE will implement Phase Two of the Barbarons Housing project, which includes a new batch of 40 Units.
Other topics discussed included border control, Renewable Energy Projects for Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, the construction of the Early Childhood Care centre, the Drug Rehabilitation project and the ongoing St. Mary's hospital project.
The meeting in New York served as an important opportunity for the two leaders to review and agree on the way forward and expected timeline for previously agreed projects.
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.
President Wavel Ramkalawan and the First Lady, Mrs Linda Ramkalawan joined a number of world leaders and thousands of mourners for the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday 19th September 2022.
Upon arrival in the UK On Sunday 18 September, President Ramkalawan and The First Lady paid their final respects during Her Majesty The Queen's impeachment ceremony in Westminster Hall. On Monday 19, the Head of State and the First Lady attended the State Funeral of Her Majesty Her Queen at Westiminister Abbey, followed by the final procession from Westminister Abbey to Wellington Arch. The President and First Lady will leave the United Kingdom (UK) later today for New York, where they will attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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.
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.”
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, will be among the Heads of State attending the swearing-in ceremony for HE William Samoei Ruto, EGH, PhD., Vice President and President-elect as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya.
Through the official invitation extended to President Ramkalawan, the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2022 at the Moi International Sports Complex Karasani, where he will also attend a subsequent inaugural lunch at the State House.
The President will leave the country on Monday 12th and will return on Tuesday 13th September 2022.
During President Ramkalawan's absence from the country, his duties and responsibilities will be carried out by Vice President Ahmed Afif.
Following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan visited the British High Commission this afternoon, at the Oliaji Trade Centre, in Victoria, where he paid his respects and signed condolences.
This was in the presence of the British High Commissioner for Seychelles, Mr. Patrick Lynch.
The President was accompanied by Vice President Ahmed Afif and the Designated Minister, Mr. Jean-François Ferrari, who also paid tribute by signing the book of condolences.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan delivered the opening speech at the official opening ceremony of the BlueInvest Africa 2022 event, held this morning at the Eden Bleu hotel.
Held for the first time in Seychelles, outside of Europe, this two-day event is the result of a partnership between the European Union and the Government of Seychelles that has put the blue economy at the heart of its development.
In addition, as a key sector to develop its socioeconomic aspirations and achieve the different objectives of the 2030 Agenda, in particular SDG 14 (Life below water).
There are 500 participants who attend this business event, both physical and online.
Twenty-two pitchers were selected to make further presentations and share their knowledge through sessions in front of a series of panels covering topics such as renewable energy and water solutions, safe economy and solution for plastic and waste, fishing and aquaculture, solar energy solutions energy, as well as technology and innovative solutions.
The event will also see the participation of fifteen well-established and promising African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who will showcase and exhibit their projects and businesses as well as their final products.
During his opening address, President Ramkalawan underlined the goal and objectives of BlueInvest Africa which he said is to drive innovation and investment in sustainable technologies for the blue economy, thus the participants are expected to present the agenda, achievements and Seychelles' exchanges of experiences.
“Because entrepreneurship, initiative and innovation, especially in the blue economy, can only take off and thrive in a conducive environment.
I want you to reflect on this during your networking sessions and presentations and I want BlueInvest Africa to really lead the way forward.
We, Africa and Europe come together in Seychelles to take a new look at the waters around us and the opportunities they offer.
Our 'Blue Planet' offers vast, new and exciting possibilities.
And we are all called to share these opportunities”, said the President.
The Head of State commented on how everyone depends on the oceans, lakes and rivers, whether for transportation, as climate regulators and as the world's largest carbon reservoir.
Also, the importance of the cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic value of the Earth's aquatic resources to humans, regardless of their geographic location and whether they are classified as coastal, insular, or landlocked.
Thereafter, President Ramkalawan called for global efforts and collaborations in relation to oceans and aquatic resources.
“Our aquatic resources are clearly our most valuable asset.
All the more reason why the African Union has identified the Blue Economy as the continent's new path of development.
The oceans are also one of the least explored areas of our planet.
They can offer solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, such as renewable and sustainable energy, extractive resources, medicine, food security and much more.
He added: “With mounting global pressure for countries to employ 'greener' practices to counter climate change, our nations are being forced to continually seek ways to ensure environmental integrity, while ensuring that our people can enjoy their basic human rights.
and needs and livelihoods are secured for generations to come.
What is the best way to do this than through exploring the potential of the Blue Economy?
In closing, he called on the participants to embrace and foster innovation and ingenuity in the business sector.
In addition, to see the Blue Economy as a great potential and he emphasized the need to promote a more practical multisectoral approach that stimulates the development of the business aspect of the Blue Economy.
By encouraging more innovative thinking, facilitate and attract current and potential entrepreneurs to fill this space.
“The Blue Economy is multisectoral.
It offers various avenues for entrepreneurs to innovate, unleash their creative energies and add more value to Africa's existing blue economy sectors such as transport, ports, marine science, fisheries and tourism.
It also offers prospects for economic diversification in a number of hitherto untapped sectors.
I am pleased to note that through Blue Invest Africa, African entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and hopefully get the financial backing to turn their dreams into reality.
Therefore, we fully support and encourage you, launchers and entrepreneurs, to continue to harness your ingenuity, to seize the moment and help Africa unlock the full potential of its blue economy.” he said.
In her opening speech, the Director General of the European Commission, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ms. Charlina Vitcheva, said that the European Union and Seychelles organizing BlueInvest Africa together demonstrates the high quality of their friendship.
She highlighted EU-Africa cooperation and addressing the needs of the African population not only in terms of food security but also sustainable development and growing economic opportunities available to all.
There, Ms. Vitcheva encouraged the participants to take advantage of the opportunities that this event will bring them by participating in discussions, exchanging points for investment groups, meeting with innovators and entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups operating in Africa with the common goal.
interest in generating concrete business opportunities, developing sustainable products and services in the blue economy sectors.
The ceremony was also highlighted by a video message from the Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE) of the African Union Commission, Ms. Josefa Sacko.
The ceremony was also attended by Vice President Ahmed Afif, Minister Designate and Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Jean-François Ferrari, the EU Ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles and Mauritius, Mr. Vincent Degert, Ministers, Principal Secretaries, Members and European Union staff and other guests.