Press release

New Regional Director of IOM Presents Letter of Accreditation

October 25, 2018

Mr. Charles Allan Kwenin, the new Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Southern Africa, presented his letter of accreditation to Mr. Vincent Meriton, Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles and the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs, today at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Kwenin, a Ghanaian national, succeeds Mr. Josiah Ogina as the new Regional Director of the IOM for Southern Africa and has much experience in migration issues and IOM programs. He is accompanied on his first official visit to Seychelles by Ms. Céline Lemmel, Head of Office of IOM Mauritius which also covers Seychelles and the Indian Ocean Region.

Mr. Kwenin will be based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Seychelles became a member of IOM on 5th December 2011 and has benefitted greatly from IOM-funded short courses in areas such as migration, border management and human trafficking.

In 2014, the IOM assisted Seychelles in launching a three month sensitization media campaign on Trafficking in Persons to further strengthenthe country’s capacity to combat human trafficking.

Established in 1951, the IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and, as of June 2018, is headed by Mr. António Vitorino who is the Director General.