Press release

South African and Seychelles to Boost Cooperation

December 30, 2012

Seychelles and South Africa are set to widen cooperation sectors following a bilateral meeting held today with Mrs. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa to Seychelles, and her delegation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, and a delegation of government representatives met with Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss broadening the excellent working relationship between the two governments.

“South Africa is Seychelles’ biggest African partner and we share many mutual interests, not just in terms of the development of our countries but also a shared optimism for a bright future for Africa through our strong bilateral partnership and in our engagement with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union,” said Minister Adam.

During this session the two Ministers discussed expanding cooperation in the health sector, tourism trade and investments, as well as in culture and sports, through the sharing of expertise, training for personnel and deepening dialogue to maximise potential partnerships.

The South African Minister also took this opportunity to thank the government of Seychelles for what she described as a “historic contribution” to the SADC led Madagascar talks hosted by Seychelles earlier this year and commended Seychelles for the commitment shown to the process, and for the country’s genuine engagement with African affairs.

Other areas of cooperation discussed include educational support through the provision of further scholarships and possible collaboration with the University of Seychelles, and closer collaboration in the area of maritime security in the Indian Ocean, as well as the support of maritime related industry in the region.

“South Africa is one of our most valued partners with a wealth of experience to share, not just in traditional development areas but also in the nurture and preservation of culture and in the use of sports as a liberating force for the youth of a nation and Africa as a whole,” said Minister Adam.

Minister Adam added that he was grateful to South Africa for the friendship and support extended to Seychelles as a true and equal partner despite being the smallest country in Africa.

The South African Minister is expected to call on President James Michel at State House tomorrow.