Press release

Seychelles to Boost Cooperation with Ethiopia

January 27, 2015

Seychelles and Ethiopia are set to take their bilateral cooperation to new heights following talks held between the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, and Minister for Foreign Affair, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam.

Tourism and cultural exchanges were highlighted as one key area where the two countries would be pursuing increased partnership, as well other potential areas for cooperation such as youth exchanges and sports engagement.

“Ethiopia and Seychelles have immense potential for cooperation which has been made all the more exciting by the return of Ethiopian Airlines to Seychelles,” said Minister Adam.

Minister Adam committed to engaging the business communities of both Ethiopia and Seychelles to investigate potential areas for trade, making note of the high quality agricultural products of Ethiopia and the attractiveness of its close proximity.

A Visa Waiver Agreement and an MoU between the respective Chambers of Investment and Commerce were also discussed, among other key agreements, as potential facilitators to boosting engagements between the two countries.

The Seychelles Foreign Minister also extended an invitation for Ethiopia to participate in the ‘Carnaval de Victoria’ as an opportunity to showcase the diverse cultures of Ethiopia and as an opportunity to engage their respective Ministries of Tourism in future cooperation.

Minister Adam is currently in Ethiopia attending the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union.