Press release

Government of Seychelles loans endemic giant tortoises in show of friendship to Guangzhou Zoo in PRC

October 15, 2014

As part of his working visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam officially presented a pair of giant tortoises from the Government of Seychelles to the Guangzhou Zoo in the Guangdong province in South China.

The loan of the Seychelles giant tortoises is a symbolic gesture of the ever-growing friendship between the two nations as the tortoises are renowned for their longevity, strength and good health, which Minister Adam remarked is symbolic of the long standing partnership that Seychelles shares with the city of Guangzhou.

In his remarks, Minister Adam underscored the pivotal role that the Chinese community has played in Seychelles’ socio-economic expansion since gaining independence in 1976 and made reference to Chinese migration, particularly from the Guangdong province to Seychelles 150 years ago.

“We are proud of this historic and emotional connection with this beautiful and so dynamic province…” remarked the Minister.

Minister Adam further mentioned the exponential increase in visitor arrivals to Seychelles from the PRC, many coming from the Guangdong province, and the city of Guangzhou specifically. He stated that Seychelles is a safe, highly regarded tourism destination, reliable business hub and gateway to the African continent, which Chinese should continuously explore.

Minister Adam expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, to the Guangdong Provincial Government and to Guangzhou Municipal Government for the arrangements to facilitate the visit, whilst also demonstrating how the two countries can cooperate in the field of environment protection, particularly in the field bio-diversity preservation.

In attendance at the ceremony were; Mr Zhu Xiaoyi, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Guangzhou, Mr Chen Xun, Deputy Director General of the Administration of Forestry and Gardening of Guangzhou, Mr An Jianguo, Deputy Secretary of the Youth League Guangzhou Committee, and Mr Liu Lijun, Director of Guangzhou Zoo.

The ceremony was also attended by the Seychellois students currently undertaking their studies in Guangzhou and it’s surrounding area.