Joint Communiqué on the Occasion of the 4th Session of the Seychelles-Cyprus Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Industrial Cooperation
Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State, Executive Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, hosted Mrs Georghia Solomonidou-Christofidou, Director of Planning, Directorate for European Programmes Coordination and Development, H.E Mr. Andreas Panayiotou, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles, Mrs Afroditi Koufterou, Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and Mrs. Georgia Papakokkinos-Van Heyste, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Seychelles, for the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific & Technical Cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Seychelles on 3-4 July 2018.
The 4th Session was co-chaired on the Seychelles side by Ms. Lindy Ernesta, Director General for Foreign Policy Division and on the Cypriot side by Mrs. Georghia Solomonidou-Christofidou.
The meeting reaffirmed the close friendship and common interests and values that are the foundation of the strong relationship between Seychelles and Cyprus.
Noting that 1st July 2018 saw the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Seychelles and Cyprus and the 20th anniversary of establishing this Intergovernmental Commission, both sides agreed to work together to commemorate these important anniversaries and to further enhance the ties between our two countries.
During the meeting, the Joint Commission reviewed bilateral political and economic relations expressing satisfaction on the progress achieved in various areas of cooperation since the last session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation in 2014. It was further agreed to explore other areas of cooperation over the coming years, including in trade and investment; agriculture, education and human resource development; environment and blue economy; youth and culture; tourism; health; information technology (ICT); ports and air transport.
The Parties further exchanged views on multilateral co-operation.
At its conclusion, both parties expressed their appreciation for the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific &Technical Cooperation, between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Seychelles which has provided an excellent platform for dialogue and cooperation. The parties, in demonstration of their commitment to increase cooperation, agreed to hold soon the Fifth Session of the Joint Commission in Cyprus, and the date will be mutually agreed through diplomatic channels.