4th EU-Seychelles Political Dialogue
The 4th Political Dialogue meeting between the Republic of Seychelles and the European Union as provided for under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement was held today in Victoria.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joe?l Morgan, and the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, Ms. Marjaana Sall, accompanied by three Ministers and representatives from twelve EU Member States, held discussions on the partnership between the EU and Seychelles.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joe?l Morgan, said: “For many years now, Seychelles has been benefitting immensely from the EU; and today seeing this high turnout of representatives of the European Union Member States, which proves the continued confidence and trust the EU places our country to further consolidate its growth potential and realise the SDGs.”
The Minister also added: “With the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) ending in 2020, it is an opportune time to undertake a situation analysis of Seychelles’ cooperation with the EU over the past years. Therefore, leading to an exploration of how Seychelles through the ACP-EU Partnership could deepen its relationship and enhance its corporations’.
The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, Ms. Marjaana Sall said: “The European Union and the Republic of Seychelles have a broad partnership spanning over key areas like Trade, Climate change, Sustainable Development Goals and Peace and Security. Our partnership is based on the shared principles of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, as well as fostering international peace and security. This partnership goes beyond the traditional “development aid” logic and reflects new opportunities and global challenges. I particularly welcome Seychelles active role in promoting regional Maritime Security, which is a priority for the EU.”
The EU and Seychelles exchanged views on important global issues of common interest and agreed to explore ways to work together in finding common solutions to these Global Challenges.
The Parties discussed International Security Threats and their impact on the region. The European Union congratulated the Government for chairing the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and its commitment to host the Coordination Operational Centre in the framework of the Regional Maritime Surveillance Mechanism with the support of the EU.
The Parties reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of Good Governance, Democracy and respect for Human Rights which are the essential and fundamental elements of their relationship. The EU and Seychelles agreed on the importance of free and fair elections.
The Parties discussed the future EU-Seychelles partnership in the context of the post- Cotonou Agreement that will come into force after 2020. They confirmed their determination to implement the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Both Parties agreed that their joint efforts have helped to achieve the “High Ambition Coalition” which was a game changer in the Paris COP 21 Conference in December 2015. They acknowledged that the signature of the Paris Agreement by 177 Parties, and its ratification by 16 Parties including Seychelles, is a landmark event. They also agreed that all countries should now implement the Agreement, and meet their national commitments. The EU will continue to support developing countries, particularly Small Island developing States, in their efforts to tackle Climate Change and adapt to its negative effects.
Both Parties underlined the importance of Regional Integration and Trade for Seychelles economic development. The European Union confirmed its readiness to continue providing assistance to Seychelles for the implementation of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement.
The EU remains committed to accompany the Government of Seychelles in its ambition to develop the Blue Economy. The Parties reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement to their mutual benefit, and to continue to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU).
Discussions also focused on the Political and Economic situation in Seychelles and in Europe, and their respective priorities internally and externally.
Both Parties expressed satisfaction on their constructive discussions, and reiterated their commitment to regular Political Dialogue meetings under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr Joe?l Morgan led the Seychelles delegation comprising of Mr. Jean Paul Adam, Minister for Finance, Trade and The Blue Economy, Mr. Didier Dogley, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change and Mr. Wallace Cosgrow, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture.
The Ambassador of the European Union, Ms Marjaana Sall, led the EU party. She was accompanied by the representatives from twelve Member States, namely: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Finland and United Kingdom.