The new High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Republic of Seychelles, HE Dr. John Stephen Simbachawene, formally presented his credentials to President Wavel Ramkalawan during a ceremony at the State House yesterday morning.
The Head of State congratulated High Commissioner Simbachawene for his accreditation and expressed how Seychelles aspires to deepen bilateral collaboration with Tanzania in various fields of common interest.
“Seychelles is committed to further cementing the good historical ties that our countries have enjoyed and looks forward to exploring the many avenues of cooperation that will be mutually beneficial to our two nations.
My wish is that during your tenure in office you can enhance certain areas of our cooperation and further strengthen our friendly ties,” said President Ramkalawan.
During the meeting, President Ramkalawan and High Commissioner Simbachawene discussed various areas of cooperation that could take Seychelles-Tanzania relations to greater heights, including maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture, tourism, judiciary , military and police, as well as air links.
There they both expressed the shared will and devotion of both countries to negotiate and conclude a General Cooperation Agreement (GCA) to pave the way for closer exchanges and identify key areas of common interest for further collaboration between Seychelles and Tanzania.
The President took the opportunity to thank the Government of Tanzania for the continued collaboration with the Tanzania Prison Service (TPS) to assist with the recruitment of Tanzanian prison workers to work at the Seychelles prison, which has assisted in its operation.
He expressed the hope that both countries will further promote this cooperation.
Speaking to the national media after his meeting with the President, High Commissioner Simbachawene said that his conversation with the Head of State also included the proposal to facilitate the promotion of the Swahili language here in Seychelles.
In addition, he underlined his country's commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Seychelles in various areas.
HE Dr. John Stephen Simbachawene is the fourth High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Republic of Seychelles.
He will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Following his accreditation, HE Ambassador Okaniwa also paid a courtesy visit to the Vice President, Mr. Ahmed Afif. High Commissioner Simbachawene was accompanied by the Defense Attaché, Brigadier General Alfred Masele Machang, the First Secretary, Mr. Isaac Insanzu, and the Financial Attaché, Mr. Self Mwenda.
Also present were the Director General of the Bilateral Affairs Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Lindy Ernesta, and the Third Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ingrid Labrosse.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, received the Director General of the European Commission, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mrs. Charlina Vitcheva, at Government House yesterday morning.
Ms Vitcheva and her delegation are on an official visit to Seychelles and are also participating in the BlueInvest Africa event, which is expected to bring together entrepreneurs and investors for the first time around projects with the potential to boost the blue economy.
President Wavel Ramkalawan began by welcoming Ms. Vitcheva and her delegation to Seychelles and thanked the European Union for choosing Seychelles to host this event.
The President further thanked them for the strong partnership that exists between Seychelles and the European Union and reaffirmed his commitment to further strengthening the EU-Seychelles partnership.
He hoped that BlueInvest Africa would pave the way for new investment opportunities and that entrepreneurs and investors would make the most of the event.
For her part, Ms. Vitcheva expressed her gratitude to the Government of Seychelles for hosting the event and to all those who participated in organizing it.
She reaffirmed the European Union's willingness to continue supporting Seychelles in achieving its development priorities and underlined that Seychelles is a strategic and like-minded partner for the EU.
During the meeting, Ms. Vitcheva informed the President about the various meetings held with senior officials in different Ministries, where it was an opportunity for the delegation to exchange on the strategic partnership between Seychelles and the EU.
The Head of State and Ms. Vitcheva also touched on critical areas of cooperation, including the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and other strategic partnerships in the region, including maritime security.
She also took the opportunity to congratulate Seychelles for the improvement in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program and for being one of the countries with a concrete commitment to the Paris Agreement.
Ms. Vitcheva was accompanied at Government House by the EU Ambassador to the Republic of Seychelles, HE Mr. Vincent Degert, DG MARE Assistant, Mr. Stijn Billiet, and the Press and Communications Officer , Mrs. Corinne Paya. Also present were the Minister Designate and Minister for Fisheries, Mr. Jean-François Ferrari, the Principal Secretary, Blue Economy, Mr. Kenneth Racombo, and other officials from the Blue Economy Department.
On behalf of the Government and People of Seychelles, President Wavel Ramkalawan sent a message of congratulations to the Rt. Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, for her appointment as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
President Ramkalawan's message reads: “Her official appointment of her as Prime Minister comes at a time when the world is facing unprecedented challenges and is in dire need of strong leadership and political will to overcome them.
I am sure that you and your government are up to the tasks that lie ahead.” “The UK and Seychelles share common perspectives on many issues, including the need to promote sustainable economic growth, global security and climate change.
Our two countries also have a long history of friendship and cooperation, continually strengthened bilaterally and multilaterally, especially within the Commonwealth, the United Nations and other international organizations," President Ramkalawan added.
President Ramkalawan expressed his confidence in Rt. Hon Elizabeth Truss to further elevate and diversify the collaboration between the two nations and pledged her support and that of the Government of the Republic of Seychelles during her tenure as Prime Minister.
During the last day of the TICAD Summit, President Wavel Ramkalawan delivered his remarks during the plenary session on peace and stability.
In his speech, President Ramkalawan expressed concern about the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on world food security, the lack of agricultural products and how it is affecting the global south, especially Africa.
President Ramkalawan noted that “it is important, however, that we do not limit our peace and security discussions to crises on the ground.
Maritime crime also contributes to threats to the security of African coastal states and regions.
As a small island nation, dependent on tourism and fishing, maritime safety is at the forefront of our concerns.
Illegal fishing (IUU), trafficking in drugs, weapons, people - transnational crimes that occur at sea - represent a serious threat to peace and stability, and undermine our socio-economic development."
In his speech, President Ramkalawan also highlighted the link between development, maritime security and climate change.
He emphasized the need for a more holistic approach to dealing with peace and security issues.
The TICAD 8 summit ended today with the adoption of the TICAD 8 Tunis Declaration.
The next TICAD Summit, TICAD 9, is expected to be held in Japan in 2025.
A TICAD ministerial meeting will be held in 2024.
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.
Along with other African leaders, President Wavel Ramkalawan today attended the first day of the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8).
During the opening session, the Tunisian President, Mr. Kais Saied, delivered a keynote address.
Tunisia is the second African country to host a summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
Kenya was the first African country to do so, in 2016.
Keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and President of the African Union, as well as Mr. Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan.
It should be noted that the Prime Minister of Japan is attending the summit virtually from Japan.
Japan has pledged a sum of US$30 billion over the next 3 years for Africa's development with a focus on human capital.
During the two-day Summit, high-level delegations from African countries, Japan and other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the African Union, the World Trade Organization, the UNDP and other UN agencies will deliberate on related issues.
-19 recovery and the declaration implies points of cooperation under three pillars: A.
Realization of Africa as a region in vigorous growth while seizing the resolution of social problems as opportunities for development; B.
Achieve a resilient and sustainable society; C.
Realization of sustainable peace and stability.
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 President of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, will join other world leaders at the eighth session of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) which will take place from August 27 to 28 in the Republic of Tunisia .
During the two-day Summit, high-level delegations from African countries, Japan and other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the African Union, the World Trade Organization and other UN agencies will deliberate on issues related to COVID-19.
recovery and the declaration implies points of cooperation under three pillars: A.
Realization of Africa as a region in vigorous growth while seizing the resolution of social problems as development opportunities; B.
Achieve a resilient and sustainable society; C.
Realization of sustainable peace and stability.
The President will leave the country on Thursday, August 25, and will be back in the country on August 29.
During President Ramkalawan's absence from the country, his duties and responsibilities will be carried out by Vice President Ahmed Afif.
President Wavel Ramkalawan and the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, welcomed Seventh-day Adventist Women's Ministries Director General, Mrs. Heather-Dawn Small at Government House yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Small is on an official mission here in Seychelles accompanied by Pastor Joseph Small and representative of the Southern Africa - Indian Ocean Division.
Mrs. Margery Herinirina.
The President welcomed Ms. Small and her delegation to Seychelles and wished them well for her visit.
In this position, the meeting was an opportunity for her and those present to inform the President and Mrs. Ramkalawan about their mission in Seychelles and the different presentations they have been able to make.
Ms. Small explained that Seventh-day Adventist Women's Ministries wants to help and empower women and girls in the community who face different social problems, including abuse, poverty, education and literacy, among others.
Also, they want to share their interest in providing assistance through their church here in Seychelles to collaborate with the Government.
During their discussion, the President and Mrs. Ramkalawan gave them more information on the challenges faced by women here in Seychelles, where the Head of State underlined the importance of households being fundamental to fostering good social behaviour.
They also discussed how the Ministry could help children in foster care and the President's Village.
“Thank you for visiting Seychelles and for sharing interesting ideas.
I admire the work you are doing, let's see how we can associate more and give our women and children a sense of spirituality in their daily lives, which can also help them face different social problems”, said the President at the end of the meeting.
Also present at the meeting were the director of Seventh-day Adventist Ministries for the Seychelles Mission, Ms. Sabrina Watts, the director of Public Affairs for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ms. Natalie Edmond, and Mr. Hugh Watts.