Seychelles reemphasizes the need to include the specificities of the island states in the SADC development plan
Jean Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs representing Seychelles participated in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting on the 11th – 12th March 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Minister Adam stressed on the importance of proper infrastructure development that will deepen regional integration and strengthen cooperation between the Eastern and Southern African countries. He added that there is the need to introduce the Blue Economy concept on the SADC development agenda; an item already discussed during the Executive Secretary’s visit in Seychelles in November 2013 and also in her participation in the Blue Economy Summit chaired by Seychelles in Abu Dhabi in January 2014. It was agreed that the Blue Economy should feature within the SADC framework in the sustainability of SADC natural resources.
The Seychelles delegation has re-emphasized the need for SADC to complete the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) which outlines the priority programmes of SADC and to ensure that the specificities of the island states is also properly reflected in the plan.
The Council also discussed means to support Madagascar. SADC’s decision to re-admit Madagascar four years after it was suspended, will re-launch a return of financial support to the country and create new foreign investment opportunities. Seychelles supported initiatives from SADC that will facilitate Madagascar active participation in the organisation since Madagascar is expected to undergo a series of structural reforms.
The Council approved the business and corporate plan of SADC for the period 2014/2015 and exchanged views on how SADC could better tap the resources available from the forthcoming 11th Economic Development Fund with the European Union.
The Seychelles delegation also the Mr Kenneth Racombo Director General for Regional Integration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Nellie Coopoosamy the Senior Finance analyst from the Ministry of finance and Mr Jonathan Berlouis the Development Programme Officer from Ministry of Foreign Affairs