Press release

Seychelles High Commissioner accredited to Malawi; deepening relations

March 12, 2014

Mr Claude Morel became the first High Commissioner of Seychelles to be accredited to Malawi when he presented his Letters of Credentials to President Joyce Banda on 4th March during a ceremony at State House in Lilongwe.

On behalf of President Michel, High Commissioner Morel commended Dr Banda “for her exemplary leadership she has been providing to the SADC community since being at the helm of the regional organization in August of 2013”, and for her “vision and dedication in elevating the prominence of SADC to greater heights for the common good and well-being of our countries and peoples”.

President Banda acknowledged the contribution made by Seychelles in helping to resolve the political crisis in Madagascar, and to bringing back constitutional normalcy, peace and security in that neighbouring country, equally a member of SADC.

Seychelles and Malawi share common aspirations, principles and values at both the regional and international levels and have developed common platforms in the realization of their respective development agendas. High Commissioner Morel has expressed “his desire to examine innovative ways of enhancing relations between the two countries”. From the tourism perspective, he suggested the possibility of marketing Seychelles and Malawi as “two-centre destinations”, and also the possibility of engaging into a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement to develop the existing potential for trade and investment between the two countries.

Regarding Seychelles’ bid to the United Nations Security Council, President Banda expressed agreement to the Seychelles Government’s view that “all countries, big or small, could aspire to become a non-permanent member of the Council and to make a meaningful contribution to global peace, security and development”.