Press release

TICAD Ministerial Conference on Energy and Environment for Sustainable Development

March 29, 2007

Since 1993, the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), has become an enduring forum for Asia and Africa to collaborate in promoting peace, good governance and development on the African continent.

The theme of this year’s TICAD Ministerial Conference was “Energy and Environment for Sustainable Development”, and was held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 22nd-23rd March 2007.

Attended by representatives of the 53 African countries, Africa’s development partners in Asia, international agencies and civil society organizations, the aim of the Conference was to encourage a solution-oriented discussion in order to address the dueling issues of the lack of energy access and environmental degradation that hinder the development of Africa.

Seychelles was represented by Mr. Selby Pillay, Director General of Multilateral Affairs in our Ministry, who also acted as the Co-Chair/Moderator for one of the panel discussions (Building Ownership: Community-based (‘Bottom-Up’) and National-Level (‘Top-Down’). While the Conference provided an opportunity for representatives of the member states to become aware of the new technologies designed to promote the sustainable use of energy and to improve energy access, the participants realized that the sustainable use of energy will only remain a dream as long as poverty and food insecurity still strike the continent.

The Conference also provided an opportunity for Seychelles to voice out the many challenges that small island developing states face when promoting the sustainable use of energy.

The TICAD co-organizers confirmed to ensure that the outcome of the Conference will be fully reflected into the preparatory process of the upcoming TICAD IV Meeting, which will be held prior to the G8 Summit in Japan in April/May 2008.