Press release


December 1, 2009

Vice President Joseph Belmont has represented Seychelles at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

 The Vice-President was accompanied by Mr. Claude Morel, Ambassador of Seychelles to the Republic of France and Mr. Selby Pillay, Director General of the Multilateral Affairs Division of the MFA.

 This year’s CHOGM is being celebrated under the theme ‘‘Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future’, to reflect the need for increased international partnership and coordination to overcome the challenges created by the current global economic crisis.

 The Vice President reiterated Seychelles’ calls for action on climate change and food security. The Vice President also spoke about the issue of piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia with the aim of engaging the active support of the international community to collectively tackle these assaults on national and international security interests.

 Vice-President Belmont and his delegation also took the opportunity to meet with the Commonwealth leaders and its Secretary General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma in the margin of the CHOGM, to discuss bilateral issues.

 The CHOGM has issued a declaration, treating issues affecting the 53 Commonwealth member countries ranging from global, social, political, environmental and economic development, urging that a consensus be attained amongst them.  The meeting is the lead body of the Commonwealth and is convened every two years to review global, political and economic developments and to conduct a strategic overview of the Commonwealth’s work in support of the interests of member countries. The objective of this Summit is to engage leaders of the Commonwealth in discussing global and Commonwealth issues and to agree upon collective policies and initiatives.