Seychelles Foreign Affairs Minister holds high level discussions in the margins of the signing ceremony of financing agreements with the European Commission
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, was on a one-day working visit on 1st December in Brussels to hold talks with the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Mr. Maciej Popowski, and Mr. Neven Mimica, the newly appointed European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission. Minister Adam was accompanied by Ms. Vivianne Fock-Tave, the Seychelles resident Ambassador in Brussels.
During his visit, the Seychelles Foreign Affairs Minister signed two financing agreements: EUR 2.2 million for the Seychelles National Indicative Programme (NIP) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and EUR 3 million allocated to Seychelles under the Global Climate Change Support Programme of the European Union (EU).
The funds earmarked under the NIP will be allocated for capacity building through specialised technical assistance for studies, evaluations and analytical work to support preparations of projects and programme under selected areas of intervention of the Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS). The grant of Eur 3 million for climate change programme will be used for the implementation of the Seychelles National Climate Change Strategy (SSCS) through strengthening the climate change sector policy framework and supporting adaption to climate change in coastal areas.
During the signing ceremony with the EU Commissioner for Development, the Seychelles Minister took the opportunity to express Seychelles’ appreciation for the EU’s commitment in assisting developing states in the attainment of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the ongoing negotiations on the Post – 2015 United Nations MDGs. “Seychelles strongly advocates a progressive Post-2015 Development Agenda, with particular focus on sustainable development, centered on human development, challenges of climate change and the concept of the Blue Economy,” Minister Adam pointed out, and adding that “Within the Post-2015 agenda, we must also consider the unique challenges and specificities of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Seychelles will continue to emphasise on the need to develop the vulnerability index for SIDS.”
During his meeting with the Assistant Secretary General of the European External Action Services, Mr. Maciej Popowski, Minister Jean-Paul Adam emphasised the importance of maritime security, especially in the Horn of Africa and the South West of the Indian Ocean.
In addition, Minister Adam also highlighted the importance of information sharing as the key to further enhance the deterrence of international maritime criminal activities to which the Regional Fusion and Law Enforcement Center Safety and Security at Sea (REFLECS 3), pioneered by Seychelles with the support of Regional and International bodies including the EUNAVFOR, has been playing a leading role.
“It is through the continued support of the EU that we, the East African region, have been able to fight the menace of piracy activities. However, the threats of piracy remain and REFLECS 3 will continue its work in providing the maritime security and law enforcement communities with a regional focal point for reporting, analysing and coordinating investigations within the South West of the Indian Ocean. We, in Seychelles, therefore, look forward to hosting the AU – EU conference on maritime security next year,” pointed out Minister Adam.”