Press release

Seychelles attends first World Trade Organisation General Council Meeting as Member and highlights its key aspirations

May 7, 2015

May 5th 2015, marks a historical moment for Seychelles as it attended its first General Council meeting as a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Chairman of the General Council, Ambassador Fernando De Mateo, in his opening remarks congratulated Seychelles on its membership and officially welcomed it into the multi lateral trading system opened the meeting.

Ambassador Selby Pillay, represented Minister for Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy, Mr Jean-Paul Adam and addressed the Council on behalf of the Republic of Seychelles.

The Director General of the World Trade Organisation Mr. Roberto Azevedo also echoed the sentiments of Ambassador De Mateo, in welcoming Seychelles to the multi lateral system.

The following WTO members; Chinese Taipei, the European Union, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Republic of Tanzania, the United States of America, Jamaica, Republic of Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Lesotho made statements welcoming Seychelles.

In his speech to the General Council, Ambassador Pillay remarked that by joining the WTO, Seychelles ensures that it does not remain a bystander while global processes are shaped and directed by others. This was in line with guaranteeing creation of more opportunities for the people of Seychelles while upholding their right to sustainable development.

The importance of the Blue Economy and the role that Seychelles is playing in spearheading this concept was also highlighted and it was stated that the WTO was and organisation that could assist in promoting this model of development.

Also present at the meeting were Ms Cillia Mangroo, Director General of the Trade Division, Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy and Ms Audrina Dine, Trade Attaché at the Seychelles Mission in Geneva.