Seychelles seeks SADC support for non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council
Secretary of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure, headed the Seychelles delegation at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting that was held on the 6th – 7th March 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Seychelles received the support of the SADC Council of Ministers for its bid for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC for the period 2017-2018 based on the principles and practice of rotation of the African Union, principles which are in fact the norm in SADC. The elections to the UNSC are due in June 2016, but the African Union will have to agree on its candidates during the Summit of January 2016.
The ministers meeting reviewed the various on-going SADC programmes, projects and the financial status of the Community. Seychelles has been nominated on the SADC Sub Committee for Finance together with South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius. The subcommittee is expected to consider all financial and management matters pertaining to the functioning of SADC as a Development Community.
Seychelles’ regional integration process with SADC looks promising as Seychelles participates actively in the finalization of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP). The plan outlines the priority programmes and projects of SADC for the next five years. Seychelles delegation highlighted the recognition of the specificities of island states in SADC’s industrialization strategy and infrastructural development programme for the region; the need for SADC to also include non-continental infrastructural projects for the benefit of oceanic states; requested SADC to undertake commitments in a coherent manner especially in regards to the finalization of negotiations for Tripartite Free Trade Area with COMESA and EAC as a necessary step towards the launch of the negotiations for a Continental Free Trade Area; and, reiterated our call for the Blue Economy concept to be integrated into the RISDP.
The meeting was also attended by the Mr Kenneth Racombo, Director General for Development and Regional Integration, and Mr Jonathan Berlouis, Development Programme Officer from the Department of Foreign Affairs; Ms Irene Croise, Deputy Comptroller General, and Ms Rudy Rose, Trade Officer from the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy.