Biennial Consuls Conference launched under the theme of Seychelles leadership a shared vision
The Biennial Consular Conference was officially launched at the Kempinski Hotel last Tuesday by the Minister For Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam and the Principal Secretary For foreign Affairs, Ambassador, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne highlighting this years theme: Seychelles Leadership- a shared vision.
Of the 90 Consuls currently representing Seychelles worldwide over 60 came to Seychelles for the three-day working conference to reengage with issues of importance for the country as to better focus their work in their respective capacities as representatives of Seychelles. The high turnout was testament to the consuls willingness to achieve the former The Minister for Foreign Affairs, in his address noted that the consuls are pivotal to Seychelles’ Foreign policy as well as to the socio-economic development the nation.
Minister Adam highlighted Seychelles’ economic and social achievements and added that it reflected in part the brand of proactive diplomacy and foreign policy crafted to priorities Small Islands States such as Seychelles.
Minister Adam stressed that Seychelles is not just a bystander on the international platform noting “our national theme, a “Determined Island Nation,” seeks to emphasise that although we are small, we are more than ready to play an “active” role, to address challenges that are often not only cause for our concern but for all.” In this context the Minister urged the diplomatic network to support Seychelles in its bid for a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The opening of the Consular Conference was also used as the platform to launch the ‘Seychelles News Agency;’ that seeks to be Seychelles’ premier portal for diffusion of news about Seychelles internationally. Minister Adam urged the consuls present to engage with this new medium as to be able to share information about Seychelles in a more effective manner. He also thanked Seychelles’ Consul in Bulgaria, Mr. Maxim Behar, who first came up with the idea, and worked tirelessly with the Government to bring the idea to fruition.