Press release

Vice President Faure attends World Oceans Day Celebration and the African Tripartite Economic Blocs Summit

June 8, 2015

The Vice President Danny Faure will be representing the President James Michel at the United Nations World Oceans Day Commemoration to be held at  the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on 8th June 2015. The event, which  is dedicated to the oceans and its link to the climate system, is being organized by the intergovernmental Ocean Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) under the theme:  Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.

Key joint action- oriented recommendations from the event will be presented to the Heads of State  and UN representatives present and later transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in preparation for the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21)

From France, the Vice President will travel to Egypt to represent the President of the Republic at the 3rd African Tripartite Economic Blocs Summit on  10th June 2015 in  the City of Sharm El Sheikh. The Heads of State and Government attending the Summit will come from member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC). The Summit will explore development and climate change as well as peace, security and conflict settlement in Africa. It will provide a platform to boost trade and commerce.

The Summit will also see the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA), as the first phase of the implementation of a developmental integration strategy that places high priority on infrastructure development , industrialization  and free movement of business persons. The  Tripartite FTA, more commonly known as the Grand Free Trade Area,  is aimed to be the largest economic bloc in Africa extending  to the East and  South  of the continent and representing a promising market that comprises a huge population  and able to absorb African production..  .

The Vice President will be accompanied to 3rd African Tripartite Economic Blocs Summit  by  the Secretary of State  for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure, and the Director General for  Development and Regional Integration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kenneth  Racombo, whilst his delegation to the  World Oceans Day Celebration will comprise of the Seychelles Ambassador to France and also Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Bernard Shamlaye, Principal Secretary for the Blue Economy in the Ministry of Finance Trade and the  Blue Economy, Ms. Rebecca Loustau- Lalanne, and the Special Advisor for the Blue Economy in the Ministry of Finance Trade and the  Blue Economy, Mr. Philip Michaud.