Press release

Seychelles-SADC relations: accreditation of permanent representative

January 3, 2013

Ambassador Claude Morel, Resident Ambassador in Pretoria, South Africa, has presented his Letters of Credentials to Dr Tomaz Salomao, Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), accrediting him as Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the regional organization in a ceremony at the SADC Headquarters in Gaberone, Botswana, on 18th December 2012.

Their exchange of views focussed on the progress in the implementation of the regional economic integration agenda, in particular the establishment of the SADC free trade area. They acknowledged progress made towards the operationalization of the SADC Regional Development Fund, a financial mechanism intended to mobilize resources from member states, the private sector, and development partners to finance programmes and projects for regional development and deeper integration. SADC is also currently engaged in developing a Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan which will serve as strategic framework to guide the implementation of infrastructure networks in an integrated and coordinated manner in 6 sectors, namely Energy, ICT, Meteorology, Tourism, Transport and Water.

The implementation of the SADC Maritime Piracy Strategy and Seychelles’ role within the context of the Regional Tourism Organization of Sothern Africa (RETOSA) were equally raised.

Regarding political and governance issues, the situation in Madagascar was thoroughly discussed. Dr Salamao reiterated his appreciation of the role Seychelles continues to play via the presidency of the Indian Ocean Commission in the mediation efforts to bringing back constitutional normalcy, peace and stability to the sister island country. A SADC Mediation Team is to travel shortly to Madagascar to meet with all the stakeholders and to engage with them on the implementation of the decisions taken at the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 7 and 8 December on the electoral process leading to presidential and legislative elections scheduled for May and July 2013 respectively.