Press release

Seychelles Stresses Importance of Blue Economy in TICAD Process

March 17, 2013

Speaking at the TICAD Ministerial meeting in Addis Ababa, Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam has highlighted that Japan’s strong historic relationship with oceanic development, means that the development of the blue economy is a great opportunity to the TICAD V process.

In his intervention, Minister Adam emphasised the importance of African ownership in the process of developing the blue economy, as it is important to empower a new generation of African entrepreneurs. He also stressed the importance of public private partnerships.

Seychelles also called for a strong focus on human capacity development as a key component in facilitating this sense of ownership, and also in creating new opportunities for young people.

The Minister also highlighted the importance of measures to mitigate and facilitate adaptation to climate change in the context of TICAD as the challenge of climate change was disproportionately more destructive in Africa.  In the context of the theme of ‘Inclusiveness and Resilience’, Seychelles and many other African island states, such as Cape Verde and Mauritius, highlighted the importance of having appropriate mechanisms that take into account the particular vulnerabilities of African islands.

The Seychelles delegation also asked the there be a specific focus on renewable energy in the TICAD process as it was important to improve Africa’s energy security to improve overall resilience.

The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is an international development mechanism co- chaired between the Government of Japan and African nations.  It was first launched in 1993 and has facilitated the flow of development assistance to many African countries including Seychelles.

The ministerial meeting being held in Addis Ababa is preparing for the Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will be held in Yokohama later this year.

The Minister is accompanied at the conference by Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.