Press release

Seychelles & India: Increased Engagement in Policy Research and Training

February 23, 2012

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, led a piracy discussion group at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) with a select group of ICWA Research Fellows and invited guests from Indian Universities, and research institutions in Delhi, India on the 16th February.

At the invitation extended by the Council, Minister Adam presented an overview of the Seychelles piracy experience, followed by an extensive debate on the various challenges of maritime security in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles foreign policy and the current economic state of the country.

“The Indian Ocean should be seen as a binding factor, not a force of division, and it is the power of ideas that shape the world more and more which is why it is imperative that we engage with the best minds of our society to ensure that everyone is drafted to protect our ocean,” said Minister Adam.

The Minister and the Seychelles delegation, including the High Commissioner Designate to India, Mr. Waven Williams, and the Charge d’Affaires of the Seychelles High Commission in Delhi, Mr. Jean-Claude Adrienne, also visited the National Defence College and the Bureau of Police Research and Development.

After touring the facilities Minister Adam met with the various department heads and discussed increased cooperation with the relating departments in Seychelles. He also took the opportunity to extend sincere thanks for all past exchanges and programmes offered to Seychelles, and said he was keen to continually build on the successes of previous engagements:

“We have a strong and experienced partner in India, and we would be remitting in our duty to the Seychellois people, our military personnel, our policemen, if we did work to continually increase the learning opportunities available to them.”