Press release

Speech of Ambassador Faure at the opening ceremony of the Police Points of Contact Workshop

April 3, 2019

On the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Police Points of Contact (PPOC) workshop held today at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay, Ms. Dericka Figaro, a senior officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs, delivered a speech on behalf of the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and of the Blue Economy, Ambassador Barry Faure.

The 4-day workshop (from 3 to 6 April), organized by the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) aims to determine the status of the pledged capabilities – in terms of trained police personnel, hence update and synchronise the EASF Police database and also update the PPOC on the achievements, challenges, prospects and the way forward.

In his speech, Ambassador Faure acknowledged EASF’s crucial role in promoting peace and its enforcement in the region. He emphasised on the Seychelles’ government’s belief in attaining peace through the means of engagements with its neighbours. In addition, he expressed his gratitude towards EASF for their continuous support and assistance provided to the Seychelles’ military, police and civilian institutions. 

“Today the Eastern Africa Standby Force is one of the regional body which assist its member states, including Seychelles in building capacity to create the conditions for peace. Over recent years many of our officials from the military, police and civilian institutions have undergone trainings and exercises organised by the EASF. These have contributed greatly towards enhancing the competences and capabilities of relevant stakeholders. Consequently, the Government of Seychelles is sincerely grateful to the EASF for the continuous support and assistance, and we look ahead to further enhance this fruitful collaboration”, said the Ambassador.

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