Ambassador Nourrice Accredited as the New High Commissioner to the Republic of Mozambique
Seychelles Resident High Commissioner in South Africa, Mr. Joseph Nourrice, has presented his letters of Credentials as the new High Commissioner of the Republic of Seychelles to His Excellency Mr Armando Guebuza, the President of the Republic of Mozambique on the 16th November.
High Commissioner Nourrice is the second High Commissioner since Seychelles established Diplomatic relations with the Republic of Mozambique in 1983.
During his audience with HE the President, discussions centred on some of the common interests of both countries of which piracy was prominently featured. High Commissioner Nourrice briefed the President on the latest piracy developments in the region and the need to intensify efforts to rid the continent of this phenomenon particularly as Mozambique also has nationals being held in captivity by pirates.
President Guebuza also expressed satisfaction at the level of relationship between the two countries with the need to further enhance co-operation at the bilateral level in new emerging areas.
The High Commissioner also met with HE Henrique Banze, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, to discuss a number of bilateral issues, including visa exemptions for Seychellois travelling to Mozambique, the conclusion of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, and cooperation in Fisheries, Trade and Investments, and climate change amongst others.
High Commissioner Nourrice also briefed the Mozambique Government on on-going developments in the Indian Ocean Commission where Seychelles has taken over the Presidency and the new vision of this organization namely as the advocate for Small Islands Developing States.
The discussions noted that with globalization, cooperation within the region is becoming more important and this should be further developed and maintained at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
The High Commissioner also met with the Director of Investment, the Mayor of the Matola Region and other high officials in the Mozambican Republic.
High Commissioner Nourrice is quoted as being very optimistic about the new dimensions that cooperation between the Republic of Seychelles and the Republic of Mozambique is set to develop.