Press release

UNDP donates ICT equipment to the Foreign Affairs Department

December 7, 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles, Ms. Amanda Serumaga paid a courtesy call on Minister Sylvestre Radegonde, today, at Maison Quéau de Quinssy. Ms. Serumaga is currently on a working visit in Seychelles where she will be having meetings with high government officials, including a courtesy call on the President of the Republic.

Minister Radegonde welcomed Ms. Serumaga and conveyed the Government’s gratitude towards the UNDP for accompanying us in our development since 1977 when we established cooperation with them. “We are here to support and push forward the various collaborations we have with UNDP. I am sure during your visit you will get to see the progress of the projects and see how much we are forging ahead,” noted Minister Radegonde.

For her part, Ms. Serumaga made mention of the vaccination programme in Seychelles of which the UNDP played an important part.  She stated “First of, all congratulations on your vaccination programmes, it is very impressive and it is one of the highest per capita vaccination in the world. It gives everybody a sense of security about coming for tourism”.

During the meeting, Ms. Serumaga and her delegation briefed the Minister on various projects geared towards

  1. the protection of the environment,
  2. the enhancement of water storage facilities for local farming communities and;
  3. more recently the review and update of the Seychelles Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) led to the country’s participation inCOP26 in November 2021.

Both parties also engaged in various topics of discussion, namely, the tourism sector along with the challenges posed by COVID-19, the vulnerability of SIDS, and how UNDP can assist in that area.

The meeting was followed by a short ceremony, during which the UNDP RR and her delegation donated IT equipment to the Foreign Affairs Department, and it is to be noted that this donation is being funded under the project COVID 2.0 – “Facilitating Recovery through Digital Solutions and Real-time Data”. The donation will enable the team at the Department to continue with the delivery of its services, when working from home, especially during the challenging times of the current pandemic. “The symbolic gesture is testament to the excellent cooperation between Seychelles and UNDP. The government is truly grateful for all the assistance that UNDP has provided to the country since the establishment of our cooperation,” stated Minister Radegonde.