Press release

Seychelles to strengthen economic partnerships in Shanghai through new Consulate General

July 27, 2013

The preparations for the opening of the Seychelles Consulate General in Shanghai, China is well underway and is set to help develop and expand the commercial and economic cooperation between the two countries.

During a meeting held this week with the Leaders of the Shanghai municipal government, Mr. Jean Paul Adam, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, has extended his appreciation to the municipal government for its collaboration with the Seychelles authorities in establishing a presence in Shanghai to better support the economic and people to people exchanges between the two countries.

The proposed Consulate General will cover the shanghai municipality, Jiangsu Province, and Zhejiang Province.

During his visit to Shanghai, the Minister also had the opportunity of visiting the Huawei Technologies Cooperation, which is a leading ICT leading solutions provider. Huawei, a private company established in 1987, is now among the first five ICT providers in China and has 16 Regional Headquarters with operations in over 140 countries.

During the visit, Minister Adam stated that despite the differences in size between the two countries, there were many mutually beneficial economic opprtunities to be taken up:

“Very large countries such as China, and very small countries such as Seychelles need to invest in technology and in efficiency to ensure competitiveness. The small market in Seychelles can allow quick adoption of new technologies and we are an ideal testing station.”

Minister Adam also added that Shanghai was a key location for the growth and promotion of tourism, and thus the importance of establishing its first Consulate General of this kind in Shanghai.