First Seychelles Ambassador Accredited to Finland, establishing deeper relations
Mrs Marie-Pierre Lloyd became the first Seychelles Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Finland presenting her credentials to His Excellency President Sauli Niinistö on 15th May.
“I bring you greetings from President Michel and from the people of Seychelles and wish to express my great pleasure to see that the first diplomatic relations on ambassadorial level is now established between Finland and Seychelles,” says Ambassador Lloyd.
In welcoming Ambassador Lloyd, President Niinisto noted the good bilateral relations between Finland and Seychelles.
Ambassador Lloyd stated that her accreditation will further unify the two countries and help build on the strong foundations which already exist, in order to further boost cooperation and bilateral relations.
The discussions covered a broad spectrum of themes for future collaboration, namely the fight against maritime piracy, the Blue Economy, Environment and renewable energy and culture.
Ambassador Lloyd explained that with its vast Exclusive Economic Zone covering, Seychelles identifies itself first and foremost as a country of the sea.
She thanked the President for Finland’s support in the fight against piracy through EU, NATO and UNODC.
She further noted “whist it is true that successful pirate attacks have reduced over the last years Seychelles believes we cannot be complacent. We are therefore urging our partners to continue supporting us in combatting piracy on all fronts.”
The President commended Seychelles for taking a leadership role within the region with regards to ending the impunity of piracy and for taking initiatives that aim to bring economic stability and peace in Somalia.
Ambassador Lloyd took the opportunity to introduce the Blue Economy concept highlighting that many nations have embraced the concept and the Blue Economy Summit held in January 2014, helped to harness further support and partnerships, while setting a roadmap for further promotion of the concept. President Niinisto commended Seychelles on taking the lead in developing this concept, viewing it as having far-reaching benefits not, only for small islands states but also for countries like Finland.
Ambassador Lloyd congratulated Finland for her policies and initiatives with respect to renewable energy. She thanked the President for the Finnish Government’s grant of fifty thousand euros towards the Seychelles Island Foundation’s project for the “Enhancing of energy efficiency and implementing a renewable energy system for substantial operation of the world heritage Aldabra Atoll”. Aldabra is now 100% powered by renewable energy.
She stated that Seychelles would like to see further assistance from Finland especially in terms of capacity building and of technical expertise to fully develop and operate in the energy sector, particularly in the field of electricity regulatory practices as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Noting that a delegation from Finland participated in the Carnaval International de Victoria, held in April this year, Ambassador Lloyd expressed Seychelles’ wish to see continued participation of Finnish delegations in future. President Niinisto agreed that there is an untapped potential for more collaboration in the tourism sector.
During her visit to Finland, Ambassador Lloyd also held discussions with Secretary of State, Mr. Peter Stenlund They discussed future collaboration in the renewable energy sector and reaffirmed their continued support for each other, notably, Seychelles’ bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and Finland’s nomination to the World Meteorological Organisation.
Ambassador Lloyd also visited Aalto Universit , which is the biggest University of Finland where she met with Professor Peter Lund.