Seychelles reaffirms its commitment to expedite the operationalization of the Climate Commission for Island States and Ocean Economies
Vice President Vincent Meriton, on February 9, 2019, represented Seychelles at the Ministerial Meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) and reaffirmed the country’s commitment to take a leading role in the operationalization of the Climate Commission for Island States and Ocean Economies
In delivering his remarks at the session, the Vice President said “our position on the Green Climate Fund, SIDS DOCK, our Chairmanship on the Indian Ocean, our membership on the Indian Ocean Renewable Energy Initiative and International Solar Alliance and other international bodies and forums, speaks volume of our commitment to the fight against climate change”.
In reassuring all in attendance of Seychelles’ dedication in undertaking this important responsibility the Vice President stated “President Danny Faure, Blue Economy Champion for Africa, the Government and the People of Seychelles will be fully engaged to deliver on this August, responsibility to ensure that the Island States Commission contributes its fair share to the work of COP 2022 resolutions”.
Additionally, the Vice President also revealed Seychelles’ commitment in establishing a governance structure with a clear roadmap reflecting national policies and strategies, a Climate Change Investment Plan (2019-2030), a Resource Mobilization Strategy with a Regional Priority Programme for Emergencies (2019-2021), broad partnership with the ADB, the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund, UN system, the EU and other partners.
The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correla Sacko, Commissioner of the African Union’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), Dr. Richard Sezibera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda and Chairperson of the Executive Council as well as several other high level representative of members of CAHOSCC.
Vice President Meriton also met with H. E. Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe, President of Botswana, to further bolster the already excellent relations between the two countries. Both sides agreed to expand cooperation in the field of ICT, professional development, air services, tourism, sports and culture.
The Vice President Meriton was accompanied by Mr. Kenneth Racombo, Principle Secretary for Blue Economy, Ambassador David Pierre, Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the African Union, Mr. Jacques Belle, Director General for Protocol, Consular and Maritime Affairs, Mrs. Johnette Stephen, Principal Counsellor in the Embassy of Seychelles in Addis Ababa, Ms. Wendy Isnard, First Secretary from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Fatime Kante, Economist from the Department of Blue Economy.