Press release

Vice President Meriton key speaker at the High-Level side event on Corruption and Illicit Trade of Africa’s Natural Resources

February 9, 2019

The Vice-President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Vincent Meriton attended a high-level meeting on the sideline of the AU Summit on ‘corruption and the illicit exploitation and trade of Africa’s natural resources’, which took place on February 8, 2019 in Addis Ababa. Also present at the event were high-level representatives from Kenya, Mauritania and Nigeria.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness and identify shared measures to combat these illicit activities preventing Member States from achieving the Agenda 2063 and sustainable development. A fight against corruption is a requirement in addressing these confrontations, which cripple and rob Africa from much needed revenues for its full development potential. This is a global challenge which requires concrete actions and counter measures in ensuring the preservation and prosperity of natural resources for future generations.

When addressing the event, Vice-President Meriton highlighted the problems faced by Seychelles in terms of illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, tree felling and poaching of Seychelles’ endemic and endangered species. He shared Seychelles’ experience and several measures being undertaken in this important fight.

In this regard the Vice President said that “there is a need for more combined effort in monitoring and surveillance of these activities, especially in reference to IUU Fishing, not only nationally but also regionally and globally, beyond the african region”. He further stressed on the importance of establishing and implementing a proper network at regional level, adding that “by strengthening capacity, Member States can better share information and experiences. This is why, I would like to announce that Seychelles will host the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) International Secretariat as of April 2019. This will increase transparency and participation in fisheries governance for the benefit of a more sustainable management of marine fisheries”.

The event, mediated by H.E. Ambassador L. Sacko Josepha, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, welcomed the presence and experiences of Seychelles in this domain.