Press release

Seychelles & China signs first agreement based on exportation of fish to China

November 12, 2019

Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Vincent Meriton, in his capacity as Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs and H.E. Mr. NI Yuefeng, Minister of General Administration of Customs, People’s Republic of China (GACC) attended a ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs today in an Exchange of Notes on the Protocol on Inspection, Quarantine and Veterinary Sanitary Requirements for Export of Wild Marine Fishing Aquatic Products.

Minister NI extended his respect to the people of Seychelles and noted that “I am here to implement the instructions from the president of China to open its doors to the people of Seychelles through this agreement.”

Minister NI advocated that this agreement is a win-win situation for both countries. Minister NI emphasised that the marine sector has great potential and provides the opportunity for the Seychelles to export fisheries to China. His Excellency is confident that this is a good trade corporation, beneficial to both countries.

On his part, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Minister for Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning, who was also in attendance, confirmed that “there are three agreements to be signed today, the first which has just been signed at the Department of Foreign Affairs is based on the exportation of fish to China”. Minister Loustau-Lalanne also pointed out that China is a completely different market compared to Europe therefore creating new possibilities and a diversity of types of fish to be exported. He equally noted that “this will provide other opportunities for the enhancement of bilateral trade between Seychelles and China in the foreseeable future”.

The agreement signed today will take effect immediately.