Press release

Second Norwegian Ambassador to Seychelles Accredited

May 27, 2015

The second ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Victor Conrad Rønneberg, presented his credentials to President James Michel in ceremony held at State House today.

President Michel congratulated the new Ambassador and said that the Goverment of Seychelles is looking forward to working very closely with him to foster closer ties between the two countries as well as giving new momentum to the already excellent relations.

During their meeting they discussed issues of common interest such as the importance of harnessing resources of the oceans in relation to the Blue Economy concept, the concerns of the Small Islands Development States, the upcoming third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa and the United Nations Convention on Climate Change to be held in Paris this year. President Michel and Ambassador Rønneberg also talked about areas of possible cooperation in environment and issues related to climate change. They also agreed that the two countries should propose a strong framework of cooperation.

After the accreditation ceremony Ambassador Rønneberg told the national media that it is a great honour for him to be accredited to the Seychelles and said that he had commended the President for the excellent work Seychelles is doing in the fight against piracy in the region.

“We are already working with the Seychelles mostly through the Small Islands Developments organisations and we certainly would like to strengthen that. We are working with you more directly in the anti-piracy cooperation and we would like to see the possibilities in other areas where we can work more closely together, like for instance, marine security, fight against crimes etc. These are all challenges that we also meet and we would like to work with Seychelles in those areas among others,” said the Norwegian Ambassador.

The ceremony this morning was attended by Ambassador Derrick Ally, which was representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joël Morgan and also present was the President’s Diplomatic Advisor, Ambassador Callixte D’Offay, Minister Consular/  Deputy Head of Mission in Nairobi, Mr. Vebjørn Heines, and Honorary Consul for Norway, Mr Chrystold Chetty.

Ambassador Rønneberg is based in Nairobi.