Press release

Seychellois Diplomat Honoured with Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean

March 15, 2013

The Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister, Mrs. Jeanette D’Offay, has been awarded the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (C.S.K) by the President of the Republic of Mauritius, H.E Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, on recommendation by the Prime Minister, Hon. Navinchandra Ramgoolam.

The CSK is the third highest award of merit in Mauritius, given in recognition for Mrs. D’Offay’s outstanding contribution in the field of regional integration.

President James Michel has extended his warmest congratulations to Mrs. D’Offay on her decoration. It is to be noted that President James Michel was decorated as Grand Commander of the Star and Key (GCSK), the highest award of the order last year when he was guest of honour at Mauritius’ National Day celebrations.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, described her achievement as a well-deserved recognition of Mrs. D’Offays many years of service, both to Seychelles and the Indian Ocean Commission:

“Mrs. D’Offay is a remarkable woman who has dedicated her career to the growth and development of the country and her wealth of experience and expertise is an invaluable resource for our country, and for the Indian Ocean Commission as a whole. She serves as an inspiration to all.”

The award was conferred during the Mauritius National Day celebrations held on Tuesday 12th March.

Mrs. D’Offay began her career as a civil servant in 1966 as a Clerk with the Department of Agriculture.  She joined the then Ministry of Planning and Development in 1981, and began to work in the context of regional cooperation.  Present at the signing in 1984 of the ‘Accord de Victoria’ which established the Indian Ocean Commission, she has spent most of her diplomatic career since actively promoting the cause of regional cooperation as ‘Officier Permanent de Liaison’ for Seychelles in the context of regional cooperation.

During the Seychelles presidency of the Indian Ocean Commission from October 2011 to January 2013, Mrs. d’Offay presided the committee of OPLs.  During the Seychelles presidency, she has worked to increase IOC involvement in issues such as piracy, the establishment of stronger regional maritime trade network, as well assisting in the resolution of the political crisis in Madagascar.