Press release

Principal Secretary for Blue Economy heads Seychelles delegation to the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union

February 8, 2019

Mr. Kenneth Racombo, Seychelles’ Principal Secretary for Blue Economy is in Addis Ababa, attending the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, being held from 7 to 8 February, 2019, at the seat of the African Union Commission. The Session precedes the 32nd Session of the Assembly of the Union, scheduled to take place from10 to 11 February, 2019.

In addition to the consideration and adoption of a number of reports and legal instruments, Ministers also deliberated on various pertinent issues such as the AU Institutional reforms, Africa Continental Free Trade Area, Post-Cotonou 2020 negotiations, climate change, and governance, amongst others.

Council further endorsed the Concept Note on the theme of the year 2019 “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Internally Displaced Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”.

The theme presents a unique opportunity to discuss the specific challenges related to the humanitarian situation on the Continent.

In joining the chorus of Ministers on the issue of the New Scale of Assessment and contributions which may have an impact on many Member States, PS Racombo said “Seychelles would like to express its reservations regarding the conditions and proposals set on this matter, which we feel is indeed inequitable and requires deeper consultations at capital level”.

PS Racombo and delegation also held a series of bilateral meetings on the margins of the Executive Council including with the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, the UNECA and SADC.

The Principal Secretary was accompanied at this meeting by Ambassador David Pierre Permanent Representative to the African Union, Mr. Jacques Belle, Director General for Protocol, Consular and Maritime Affairs, Mrs. Johnette Stephen, Principal Counsellor in the Embassy of Seychelles in Addis, Mr. Ashik Hassen, Director General in the Department of Trade, Ms. Wendy Isnard, First Secretary from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Zenab Kante, Economist at the Department of Blue Economy and Dr. Mahmoud Moussa, Consul General of Seychelles in Addis Ababa and designate in Cairo.