Press release


September 18, 2012

The Cuban Ambassador to Seychelles, H.E. María Aída Nogales Jiménez, has paid a farewell call on President James Michel at State House this morning following a four year tenure in Seychelles.

President James Michel thanked Ambassador Nogales Jiménez for her personal and dedicated efforts to increase the level of cooperation between Seychelles and Cuba in particular in the increased aid in the field of medicine.

“ We thank you and the Government of Cuba for the record number of Cuban doctors that have come to work in Seychelles as part of our health cooperation agreements. We have appreciated Cuba’s support during your tenure and in particular your work to reinforce our friendship. I remember fondly my visit to Cuba in 2009 and the meetings we had there. We have built a foundation of excellent cooperation and we will continue to develop this bond,” said President Michel.

Ambassador Nogales Jiménez thanked the President and the Government and people of Seychelles for their support to establish excellent relations between the two countries.

“I will miss Seychelles. I will leave my heart here. I am very satisfied with the work we have achieved in our collaboration with the Government, the President and all Seychellois people…… The visits of the President, the Vice-President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Speaker of the National Assembly to Cuba have shown that the relations between our two countries are very strong and very fraternal,” said Ambassador María Aída Nogales Jiménez.

Ambassador María Aída Nogales Jiménez was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps for the last year.

Editor’s Note

  • President James Michel undertook an official visit to the Republic of Cuba in November 2009. During the visit, President Michel met with H.E. Mr. Raul Castro, President of the Republic of Cuba, and other senior government officials in the capital city of Havana. They discussed cooperation between the two countries with emphasis on the health and education sectors, as well as areas of mutual concerns including the fight against the effects of climate change.
  • Vice-President Danny Faure undertook an official visit to the Republic of Cuba in February 2012, where he met the First Vice-President, Dr Jose Ventura and other government officials to discuss cooperation in health and education.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam undertook on an official visit to Cuba in May 2012 , where he spoke with his Cuban counterpart, Mr. Bruno Parrilla, concerning cooperation plans for sustainable development including renewable energy, healthcare, education, sports and agriculture.
  • Cuba  is currently aiding Seychelles with medicals experts; 33 Cuban doctors are working at Seychelles’ hospital and at the clinics around the country.
  • There are 3 Cuban experts working in the Seychelles sports sector and 1 expert in the agricultural field.
  • 24 Seychellois students are undergoing university study in Cuba, with half studying medicine, and the other half studying  civil engineering, architecture, physical education and pharmacy.