Press release

New Seychelles High Commissioner to Namibia

August 28, 2013

High Commissioner Claude Morel has presented his Letters of Credence to the Namibian Head of State, Mr Hifikepunye Pohamba, as Seychelles’ new Non-Resident High Commissioner during a ceremony at State House in Windhoek on 31st July 2013.

“The historic ties that have happily bound the leaders of Namibia and Seychelles over the years have facilitated our task as diplomats in our endeavor to expand relations between the two countries from the bilateral and international perspectives,” stated High Commissioner Morel.

The High Commissioner described the occasion as an opportunity to review the status of on-going programmes and activities between the two countries and to explore possibilities of partnerships in new avenues of cooperation.

Amongst others areas, discussions focused on the need of concluding a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement which would lead to increased investments, trade and commerce among SADC countries; tourism prospects by promoting Namibia and Seychelles as two-center holiday destinations; the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices by institutions of the two countries; the mutual satisfaction expressed about the exchanges that have taken place recently between the Speakers and members of the two National Assemblies; and the appreciation for the exemption of visa requirements for Seychellois nationals travelling to Namibia.

On the international front, discussions focused on the ongoing situation in Madagascar. High Commissioner Morel, in his capacity as the current Director of the Indian Ocean Commission Liaison Office in Antananarivo, shared his thoughts and challenges in relation to the evolution of the situation in Madagascar and the contribution by the international community in finding a way out of the political crisis.

Namibia will assume the Chair of the SADC Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation, following the Malawi Summit, on 1st September 2013 for a period of one year.

The merits of the candidature of Seychelles to the United Nations Security Council for the period 2017-18 were also addressed during the exchanges.