Press release

Sri lanka and Seychelles boost bilateral ties and consolidate partnership

June 28, 2014

The Republic of Seychelles and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka widened cooperation following a bilateral meeting held today with President James Michel and his counterpart His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka leading his delegation at Statehouse. Present at the meeting was Vice-President Danny Faure as well as other members of the cabinet.

The two Presidents then left the meeting to hold private consultations. Vice-President Faure presided over the remainder of the bilateral meeting were a broad spectrum of reciprocally beneficial issues were discussed.

During the meeting, Vice-President Faure 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 which have manifested both on the Governmental and people to people level.

Other areas of cooperation discussed include educational support through the provision of further scholarships and possible collaboration with the University of Seychelles. Vice-President Faure thanked the Sri Lankan government for its active engagement in providing teaching staff for both secondary and post secondary educational institutions in Seychelles.

Vice-President Faure reiterated the need to establish the Sri Lankan and Seychelles Joint Commission for cooperation.

After the Vice President noted that Seychelles would increase its exchanges with Sri Lanka at cabinet level and this was welcomed by the Sri Lankan Minister for External Relations, Gamini Lakshman Peiris, who stated “this is a vivid expression of a robust and dynamic relationship and a true expression of south-south cooperation.”

Vice President Faure reiterated the importance of informing the international community of the specificities of island states and that the post-2015 development agenda takes into account the experiences of islands. He further commented on the central role of the Blue Economy in the elaboration of this process.

In short ceremony following the successful bilateral discussion, a total of six memoranda of understanding (MoU) were initialed with a view of further integrating and deepening the existing relationship between Seychelles and Sri Lanka. The signed MoU were;

1.     Agreement on Cultural Cooperation

2.     Technical and Investment Cooperation and Power Sector Development in general and the Implementation           of Renewable Energy Projects

3.     Agreement in the Field of Tourism

4.     Agreement between the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs and Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs on         Bilateral Political Consultations

5.     Agreement supporting the Creation Sri Lankan Seychelles Joint Commission for Cooperation.

6.     Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Sports