Press release

Seychelles Ambassador Accredited to the State of Israel to boost cooperation

August 7, 2015

Ambassador Waven William, resident Seychelles Ambassador in New Delhi, India, presented his letter of accreditation as non-resident ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Mr Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Seychelles and the State of Israel were established on June 30th 1992, certain cooperation agreements such as the technical cooperation agreement came into effect in 1994 followed by the appointment of an Honorary Consul, Mr Arie Goldstien who has actively facililated several exchanges in the filed of education, health, agriculture, media, internal security among others, in the form of short term training, under the mashav program of training and exchanges of experts in different fields, offered by the Government of Israel.

The accreditation of Ambassador William on the 6th of august 2015 is a milestone for Seychelles, as he becomes the first non-resident Ambassador of Seychelles to be accredited to the State of Israel.

In his remarks, Ambassador William expressed the well wishes of President James Michel, the Government and the people of the Republic of Seychelles to President Rivlin during the bilateral exchanges.

Ambassador William emphasized that his accreditation bears testimony that Seychelles wishes to maintain and enhance the diplomatic and bilateral relation which exists with the Government of Israel and remarked that his accreditation will also ensure a more focused approach on the current existing bilateral cooperation and agreements signed.

The Seychelles Ambassador also sought to further explore sectors of importance to Seychelles such as tourism, agriculture, health, technology transfer, culture, education, trade and investments defence and security, environment conservation and renewable energy. He also noted, that to facilitate further trade activities, there was the need for the conclusion of the double taxation avoidance agreement, and urged to improve air connectivity and the joint cooperation in the tourism industry.

Ambassador William explained that since Seychelles is proactively advocating the concept of the Blue Economy and setting up different mechanisms to ensure progress in the development of this sector, the memorandum of understanding signed with the Inter-University Institute for marine sciences of Eilat can now be launched, as the Government of Seychelles needs the support of international partners to replicate such institutes locally for the mutual benefit of both nations.

Ambassador William also conveyed to the Israeli President the the excellent work done by the Seychelles’ Honorary Consul in Israel, Mr. Arie Goldstein, for his support and promotion of Seychelles’ interests in Israel.