Press release

Seychelles and Cuba: Partners in Sustainability

May 28, 2012

The Seychelles Foreign Minister has held talks with his Cuban counterpart, Mr. Bruno Parrilla, in Havana, Cuba this week to discuss areas of cooperation and what he described as an “energy revolution”. 

Minister Jean-Paul Adam, who is currently on an official visit to Cuba this week, said that the necessity of reducing dependency on fuel and mitigating the effects of spiralling costs were central to the discussions held as the fundamental element to ensuring sustainable development for both nations. He added that plans were underway to facilitate collaborations and discussions between the Seychelles energy sector and their Cuban counterparts.

“The relationship between our countries is anchored in this ongoing quest for sustainability,” said the Minister, “Cuba and Seychelles have defied geography through our cooperation where despite being separated by oceans and continents, our two peoples have built a partnership based on a sincere belief that by investing in the health and education of our respective peoples, we are building a more sustainable world.”

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed other areas of cooperation which includes education and health. Following the signing of a new health agreement during the visit of Vice President Danny Faure to Cuba earlier this year, the two discussed practical ways in which to implement improvements such as increasing the number of Cuban experts deployed to Seychelles, and varying their fields of expertise.

In addition to the tradition areas of cooperation they also discussed new engagements in agriculture, climate change, disaster management, and trade.

During his visit, Minister Adam was also invited to lay a commemorative wreath at the memorial of Jose Marti who led the war of independence of Cuba from Spain in the 19th century.

Minister will remain in Cuba till the 25th May during which time he is expected to hold talks with various other high level Government Officials.

Editors Notes:

– At present, 31 Cuban experts are in post in Seychelles

– There are currently 23 Seychellois students in Cuba, pursuing studies in Medicine, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Physical Education and Pharmacy. New ones will join the group for the next academic year starting next September

– The Official visit of President Michel to Cuba took place in November 2009.

– Vice President Danny Faure undertook an Official Visit to Cuba in February 2012.

– Cuba and Seychelles established diplomatic relations on 12th April 1978.