Press release

Seychelles engages further in strengthening African Security Capacity

June 27, 2014

Seychelles has engaged itself further to cooperate with its East African partners in relation to the establishment of an East African Standby Force that is able to act decisively and effectively to address threats to peace and security in the region.

Representing President James Michel at the Extraordinary Summit of the East African Standby Force Coordinating Mechanism (EAFSCOM) held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam.  The Summit was chaired by the President of Rwanda, H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame.

The Minister joined regional leaders in signing the Agreement establishing the standby force and the policy framework for the establishment of the Eastern Africa Standby Force.

“While Seychelles is a small country- we have already shown that we can make a meaningful contribution towards regional peace and security through our efforts in fighting piracy, and also by facilitating the sharing of intelligence in the region.  We are also a country committed to the concept of collective security, and it is essential that we strengthen our region’s capacity through such initiatives”, the Minister remarked after having signed the agreements.

“ While we are not a troop contributing country- we will continue to offer our support in the areas where we are most capable- maritime security and intelligence sharing.  We will also continue to second experts to the EASF secretariat where possible.  We are also convinced that it is only through initiatives such as these that we will defeat the threat of terrorism and transnational organised crime such as drug trafficking, people trafficking and money laundering,” the Minister added.

It is to be noted that the current Head of Political Affairs for EASFCOM is Seychellois citizen Benediste Hoareau, a former member of the Seychelles Police Force.
The members of EAFSCOM and who have signed the agreements are: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.