Press release

Guest of Honour for 42nd Anniversary of Seychelles Independence: Commonwealth Secretary General

June 20, 2018

The Department of Foreign Affairs is happy to announce that the guest of honour, on the occasion of the 42nd Anniversary of our Independence, will  be the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mrs Patricia Scotland.  

The Rt Honourable Patricia Scotland is the first woman and the sixth Commonwealth Secretary General. She was appointed to this position on 27th November 2015. 

This announcement represents the budding relationship Seychelles continues to have with the Commonwealth, an organisation that is vibrantly made up of over 2.2 billion people of all ethnicities and faith that aspires for world peace and international understanding.

Seychelles joined the Commonwealth at the gusp of our independence in 1976, that  has since provided us with continuous support and guidance. We share with the Commonwealth so many of our core constitutional and cultural values, showcased by our pride in our ‘boiling-pot’ style of social stratification.

Rooted in its manifesto from as far back as 1870, the Commonwealth is guided by the notion that “strong partnerships establish strong democracies”, and we also uphold similar principles. We celebrate this important milestone in our young Nation’s jouney towards prosperity in partnership with the Commonwealth, a reliable and faithful partner in our demarche to find solutions to the challenges of the Small Island Developing State (SIDS).  

The Commonwealth family is steadily growing stronger, and the valuable coalition amongst the Commonwealth nations is symbolic of the way towards a fair, prosperous, sustainable, and secure future.

Thus, we look forward to sharing our country’s greatest milestone in partnership with the Commonwealth.


The Secretary General’s Profile

  • Patricia Janet Scotland was born on the 19th August 1955 in Dominica.
  • Moved to the UK with her family, growing up in east London.
  • Trained as a lawyer and became the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. At 35 she was also the youngest woman ever to be made a QC.
  • The first black woman to be appointed Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and Master of Middle Temple.
  • Joined the House of Lords in 1997 as Baroness Scotland of Asthal going on to serve as a minister in the Foreign Office, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department.
  • Undertook major reform of the criminal justice system, including the introduction of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act.
  • Appointed Attorney General in 2007 – the first women to hold the post since it was created in 1315.
  • Founded the Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation in 2011.
  • Appointed Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to South Africa in 2012.
  • Elected as the Alderman of Bishopsgate in the City of London in 2014.