To coincide with the Seychelles National Day celebrations, President Wavel Ramkalawan and First Lady Linda Ramkalawan attended a ceremony at the International Conference Center of Seychelles (ICCS) last night to pay tribute to all health workers in the country.
In his speech, the President praised and thanked all healthcare workers for what they are doing for the community and the nation. With special mention to those who have worked on the front lines in the fight against Covid-19, he praised them for their courage, patience and dedication.
“This is the first time that an event of this type has been held in honor of our health workers. Today we celebrate and pay tribute to all health workers in Seychelles as we feel the importance of showing our gratitude for the work they do. Today is also a significant day as we look back at all the difficulties the country has faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic; Thanks to you, we now have our hospitals without infected cases. This shows your devotion and love for your work. On behalf of the people of Seychelles, I want to express my appreciation and thanks to all health workers in all departments of the Ministry of Health. You can all count on our continued support,” said President Ramkalawan.
In response to the tribute, the Minister of Health, Mrs. Peggy Vidot, thanked the President for his words of thanks and for speaking on behalf of the people of Seychelles.
“It is with humility that on behalf of all health workers in Seychelles we accept this tribute that underlines our vocation, courage, knowledge and our ability to serve our country. I know that we hold a special place in the heart of every Seychellois. I would like to call on all healthcare workers to work as a team and see ways to improve the well-being of our people,” he said.
The ceremony was full of tributes and thanks to all the health workers who have worked tirelessly, dedicating their lives to providing medical care to all. The staff paraded in their respective uniforms to show the different departments within the Ministry of Health. Together with students from the National Institute of Health and Social Studies (NIHSS), they performed dance, song, poem and instrumental solo. The event also featured local artists including Joe Samy, Jean-Marc Volcy and Mahé Chamber Choir, and Heartbeat Studio.
President Ramkalawan and other distinguished guests viewed a video showing the journey of health workers, from the day Seychelles announced its first positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 14, 2020 following tests carried out in two people in the quarantine facility at Perseverance. . In memory of health workers who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony included the symbolic lighting of a candle by a family member. There were also prayers and blessings from the Rev. Christine Benoit.
Also present at this auspicious event was Vice President Mr. Ahmed Afif, the President of the National Assembly, Hon. Roger Mancienne, Ministers, Leader of Government Affairs in the National Assembly, Hon. Bernard Georges, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, H.E. Sebastien Pillay, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ted Barbe, Vice President of the National Assembly, H.E. Gervais Henrie, members of the Seychelles National Assembly, health workers and other guests.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, and the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, were the guests of honor at the official opening ceremony of the Chinese Cultural Center of Seychelles, Benezet Street, Victoria last night.
The Chinese community here in Seychelles came together on this momentous occasion after the long wait for the opening of the Center. It took 8 years for the Center to be finished.
Addressing the ceremony, President Ramkalawan congratulated the Chinese community on this important milestone, which he stressed was fraught with difficulties.
“I wish to congratulate you on the completion of this Center. The old Pagoda building was definitely a landmark for all Seychellois and here too I want to thank the late Charlie Ng Ping Cheun, former president of the Seychelles Chinese Association, for his relentless determination and energy he put into this project. so we can have this new milestone. This also applies to the current president of the association and all members. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the Chinese community for everything that has contributed to making this country what it is today. This Center is part of our culture, let us continue to grow our culture,” said President Ramkalawan.
For his part, the president of the Chinese Association, Mr. Robert Chong Seng, went back to the foundation stone of the new pagoda, laid in February 2014 during the celebrations of the first Seychelles-China day. He discussed the challenges they had to face to see it through to completion, which included a severe lack of funding, applying for financial assistance, and tirelessly fundraising, among others. Mr. Chong Seng took the opportunity to thank the Ambassador of China, Ms. Wei Guo, for her dedicated assistance during the construction of the Center.
The Chinese ambassador described the opening of the Center as a historic moment for Seychelles, symbolizing a new beginning for the Chinese community.
The ceremony was highlighted by the cutting of the ribbon by the president, Ambassador Guo, Chinese elders, the president of the Chinese Association and other Chinese representatives. There was also the unveiling of the opening plaque by two Chinese elders.
During the ceremony, there was also a Tai Chi demonstration. The Center attended Tai Chi classes every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to which the public can join.
After the ceremony, President Ramkalawan and First Lady Ramkalawan along with other distinguished guests toured the Center where they were able to see exhibits on the first and second floors. The exhibition highlights certain milestones in the more than 100 years of existence of the Chinese Association and its forerunner, the KHUM FOCK FOOY QUOON (Cantonese and Fujian society). It focuses on the old Pagoda and its replacement; Seychelles Chinese Cultural Center.
The Center also caters to Pagoda Art and Design, which aims to provide a platform where works of art and design are more accessible to visitors and residents; and where creatives can be rewarded with financial gains from the sales of their work.
Also present at the ceremony were the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Ahmed Afif, and Ms. Stella Afif, the Chinese community in Seychelles and other guests.
The President of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, will join other world leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held from June 20-25, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The official opening ceremony of CHOGM will take place on Friday, June 24, and will be followed by the main high-level meetings of Heads of Government from Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25. As part of CHOGM activities, the President will also participate in the Heads of Government Retreat, as well as several side events.
CHOGM was due to take place in June 2020, but was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 30 Heads of Government, including high-level officials and diplomats, will participate in the upcoming CHOGM.
The President will leave the country on Wednesday, June 22, and will be back in the country on Sunday, June 26. During President Ramkalawan's absence from the country, his duties and responsibilities will be performed by Vice President Ahmed Afif.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, together with several high-level officials gathered yesterday morning at the 'Lavwa Lanasyon' monument to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Seychelles Constitution Day.
Guests in attendance witnessed the ceremonial raising of the Seychelles national flag by uniformed Seychellois men and women, accompanied by the Seychelles national anthem performed by the National Brass Band.
The ceremony also featured various performances by young Seychellois artists who shared messages.
Delivering his speech for the occasion, President Ramkalawan underlined the importance of the Constitution and the essence of democracy derived from it, which continues to protect the rights of the country as a sovereign and democratic nation and its peoples.
“On this auspicious day, we celebrate our constitution. We have once again reaffirmed our belief in democracy that our constitution will continue to guide us as it also protects the rights of each and every citizen. This is what we have stated and this is the message we want the world to know. Seychelles is a democratic state, and that Seychelles will respect every citizen and every foreigner on our land, and at the same time through democratic processes and the way we make laws and the way the judiciary acts, and on everything how the executive performs its functions will always respect the rights of each and every one of the citizens”, said the President.
Also present were the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Ahmed Afif, and Ms. Stella Afif, the Speaker of the National Assembly, H.E. Roger Mancienne, President of the Supreme Court, Justice Rony Govinden, Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Fiona Robinson, Minister Designate and President of the National Celebrations Committee, Mr. Jean-Francois Ferrari, Ministers, Leader of Government Affairs in the National Assembly The Honorable Bernard Georges, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ted Barbe, Chief of the Defense Forces, Brigadier Michael Rosette, Director General of the Seychelles Intelligence Service, Mr. Benediste Hoareau, members of the National Celebrations Committee and other distinguished guests.
The day was also commemorated with flag-raising ceremonies on the other two largest islands in the archipelago, Praslin and La Digue, for the first time accompanied by the Seychellois Band and military parade, as well as various performances by Seychellois youth.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, and the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan yesterday attended the 44th National School Athletics Championships (NSAC) as part of the activities to commemorate Constitution Day at Stad Linite. unit).This championship was held after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 46 schools competed in different categories, including primary and secondary schools, private schools, and post-secondary institutes.Best overall for this event was Grand Anse Praslin Primary School with 119 points, La Digue Secondary School with 252 points and for Post-Secondary, Seychelles Business Studies Academy (SBSA) with 166 points.Distinguished guests who also presented glasses at the event included Ms. Stella Afif, Minister for Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, Minister for Health, Ms. Peggy Vidot, Minister for Land and Housing, Mr. Billy Rangasamy, Minister for Youth, Sports and Family, Mrs. Marie-Céline Zialor and CEO of the National Sports Council, Mr. Jean Larue.
President Wavel Ramkalawan approved the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles (10th Amendment) Act, 2022 during a ceremony held at the State House yesterday afternoon. The National Assembly approved the bill on May 31, 2022 and yesterday the president signed the bill into law.
The 2008 Constitutional Revision Commission recommended reforming article 163 of the Constitution to crystallize the functions and powers of the Defense Forces. In this sense, the Government intends to make it clear in the Constitution that the Armed Forces can exercise powers to enforce any written law on public safety, environmental protection, maritime safety or maritime zones.
The bill also seeks to change the words “Seychelles Defense Forces”, wherever they appear in the Constitution, to the words “Seychelles Defense Forces”.
The President assented to the bill in the presence of the Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally.
During his statement before approving the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles (10th Amendment) Bill, 2022, the President thanked everyone who has participated in the amendments of this new bill. Namely, the Seychelles Defense Force, the Seychelles Police, the Judiciary (both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal), the Honorable Leader of the Opposition, the Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman, the media communication, the Defense and Security Committee of the National Assembly, the Seychelles Bar Association and other individuals and organizations.
“The military will not replace the police. The armed forces will simply provide support to the police force and other public authorities in dealing with a wide range of issues, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, quarantine, search and rescue, spill response measures oil, kidnapping and hostage negotiations. There is no need for the public to be afraid of these amendments. Unlike the 1979 Constitution, the current 1993 Constitution protects the rights and privileges of all Seychellois through the Seychelles Charter of Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms,” the President said.
Also present at the State House for the ceremony were the Vice President, Mr. Ahmed Afif, the Chief of the Defense Forces, Brigadier Michael Rosette, Police Commissioner Ted Barbe, the President of the National Assembly, the Hon. Roger Mancienne, President of the Supreme Court, Justice Rony Govinden, Leader of Government Affairs in the National Assembly, the Hon. Bernard Georges, the Ombudsman, Mrs. Nichole Tirant-Ghérardi, Visible Chief of Police, Superintendent Antoine Desnousse and the Principal Deputy State Attorney in the Chamber of the Attorney General. Mr. Stefan R. Knights (LLB LEC MSc LLM).
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, received India's outgoing High Commissioner to Seychelles, His Excellency General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retd), for a farewell call at the State House this morning.
President Ramkalawan thanked High Commissioner Suhag for his contribution to the development of Seychelles-India relations. The president commended him for his dedication and efforts to initiate cooperation in various sectors, in particular community projects, military, health, education and capacity building, sports and youth, as well as maritime security.
“It has been a pleasure working with you and your tenure as Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles has further raised the level of cooperation between our two countries and cemented long-standing relations. Today, on behalf of the Government of Seychelles, I want to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the friendship between Seychelles and India, which is based on historical and cultural ties, mutual trust and shared aspirations. I would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the people and government of India for the gift of COVISHIELD vaccine supplies during our vaccination programme, which has greatly helped save lives,” said the President.
Head of State and High Commissioner Suhag reviewed the various projects and cooperation that India and Seychelles have managed to establish, as well as those that are still ongoing.
During his visit to Government House, High Commissioner Suhag also paid a farewell visit to the Vice President, Mr. Ahmed Afif.
After the meeting, High Commissioner Suhag said: “It has been a great experience for me to be here in Seychelles. When I started my mission, we decided to spearhead some of the development under the High Impact Community Development Projects, although, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were only able to do 22 projects.”
Also present at the farewell call at Government House was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde. The High Commission of India was accredited to the Republic of Seychelles in June 2019.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan who is also the Patron of the Seychelles Football Federation attended the official launching of the Institute of Football Seychelles (IFS), held yesterday afternoon at Savoy Seychelles Resorts and Spa, Beau Vallon. As a symbolic gesture, the President was given the honour alongside the President of Seychelles Football Federation (SFF), Mr. Elvis Chetty to sign a ball to launch the Insitute.
The objective of founding such an Institute is to train, prepare and create future players, and coaches in football career. The institute will enroll the best young players of Seychelles Football whereby in each age group, the top players will be selected to attend the institute. The same will be carried out through trials and selection process, which will be based on three basic criteria: technique, physics, and game.
During the ceremony, the invitees were presented to the first cohort of students who have been accepted at this Institute. The event was also highlighted by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the Chief Executive Officer for the Seychelles Football Federation, Mr. Georges Bibi, and Principal Secretary for Education, Ms. Merna Eulentin. There were also remarks by the Minister of Education, Dr. Justin Valentin, the Minister for Youth, Sports and Family, Mrs. Marie-Céline Zialor, and the President of Seychelles Football Federation (SFF), Mr. Elvis Chetty.
The official launching also featured corporate videos of IFS presented by the National Technical Director for the Seychelles Football Federation, Mr. Osama Haroun, and presentations of t-shirts to students and Ministers.
In his closing remarks, President Ramkalawan congratulated the students and wished them all the best as they take on this new challenge. As he extended his support, the President emphasized the importance for them to make this Institute a success. He advised them to be disciplined, learn the strategies that will make them successful in life, and listen to their coaches and parents.
“Today makes a new chapter in the Seychelles football; one that is very popular among all Seychellois. Many players before you have tried to bring this sport to new heights and have made their mark. Now it is your time to set new targets and records. Seize this opportunity bestowed on you and make the most of it. Many people will be observing you, there will be those that will guide you on the right path. You will have the full support of your coaches but I want you to also do well in your studies . These two should be given equal attention,” said the President.
President Ramkalawan also commended the Seychelles Football Federation for the exemplary role they are making and in taking this sport to the next level. He further encouraged other disciplines in sports to follow in their footsteps so that young people with talents can be groomed at an earlier age. Selection for the best players will be carried out in turns on three main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. The second stage will take place on Mahé with 33 players selected from the three islands to constitute a smaller group of players who will join the IFS.
Once selected, IFS will be responsible to train them for three years, Monday to Friday, so that they become future Seychellois professional football players as well as pave the way for various football professions. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, it will allow each player to have a structured programme where the players will have access to an academic curriculum and classroom to continue their education.
Two places will also be reserved for players who have not been selected to join the IFS, but they will have to provide their academic reports for admission. Furthermore, as non-scholarship students, their studies will have to be financed by their scholarship holders. Also present at the event was the Principal Secretary for Youth and Sports Department, Mr. Ralph Jean-Louis, Chief Executive Officer for the National Sports Council, Mr. Jean Larue, parents of the selected athletes, and other distinguished guests.
On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Seychelles, President Wavel Ramkalawan sent a message of congratulations on the Platinum Jubilee celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In his message, the president said: “His remarkable seventy years of service is an extraordinary and unprecedented milestone in the history of the British monarchy. Throughout his reign, he has been a remarkable global personality whose legacy transcends national borders."
He further added: “You have been and continue to be a symbol of stability, grace and hope for the UK and the Commonwealth. I wish to celebrate Her Majesty's continued reign of her, being loved and respected by the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the world at large."
The Queen's coronation took place on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Therefore, the main Platinum Jubilee celebrations will start on Thursday, June 2, 2022.
President Wavel Ramkalawan, accompanied by Vice President Ahmed Afif, led a high-level delegation of government officials and heads of various agencies for a full-day working visit to Praslin and La Digue Island on Friday.
On Praslin, President Ramkalawan was received by the elected members of the National Assembly from the two districts of Praslin, H.E. Churchill Gill for Baie Ste Anne Praslin and the Hon. Wavel Woodcock for Grand Anse Praslin. The Proportional Elected Member, Hon. Doyace Porice, was also present.
The tour began with arrival at the Cargo Jetty Terminal followed by the site of the new Inter-Island Passenger Jetty. The delegation then proceeds to the site of the proposed 'Kato Nwar' marina, the Baie St Anne main road and roundabout, the Seychelles Fisheries Authority (SFA) ice plant facility, the market and the area proposed recovery. All the new projects recommended and expansion phases being considered present ample investment opportunities and increased commercial activities for Praslin Island.
During the tour, the President briefly discussed the technical aspects of the projects to be carried out and it was an opportunity for the delegation to exchange views, raise pertinent issues and propose solutions while on site.
Other key locations visited during the morning session at Baie St Anne included a designated fish trap area, Dream Yachts and the Baie Ste Anne Jetty. In each of the places, the relevant officials shared and discussed options with the Head of State and other members of the delegation.
The president also visited the Grans Anse Praslin district, where he viewed a site next to the new ice plant for potential commercial and recreational development opportunities. The delegation concluded its visit to Praslin at the existing jetty at Baie St Anne, where the new SDF Seychelles Coast Guard Praslin facility will be located.
During the afternoon session of the visit, the delegation continued its tour of La Digue Island, which began at the site where the Port Expansion project is being developed.
The delegation then visited the construction site of the new Hospital in L'Union, where the president had the opportunity to see first-hand the progress of the building.
The delegation also visited parts of the 'L'Union Estate, where a new proposed location for the new La Digue sewage plant was identified. The visit was an opportunity to discuss other pertinent issues on the island that require intervention and action.
At the end of his visits, speaking to the press, the President said that he is extremely satisfied with the progress of the various projects seen and expressed the hope that the proposed new projects can also be started soon after the necessary public consultations are completed.
He also reiterated that his administration is interested in promoting projects that will benefit the entire nation and its communities and that anyone who is willing to contribute to this development at any level is welcome to do so. He emphasized that growth and investment opportunities are available to everyone, particularly Seychellois, and urged them once the projects are launched to participate and contribute to their island.