Press release

Vice President Vincent Meriton reaffirms Seychelles’ Commitment to further champion the Blue Economy in Africa at the Nor-Shipping Africa Conference

June 6, 2019

The Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Vincent Meriton delivered opening remarks to the Nor-Shipping Africa Conference in Oslo, Norway on 5th June 2019 and was a member of the panel to discuss key issues in Africa’s Blue Economy and how to address them.

The inclusion of an Africa Programme in the Nor-Shipping Conference is indicative that the world recognized the success stories taking place within Africa” stated the Vice President in thanking the Kingdom of Norway for hosting this conference

Thehigh level panel comprised of the Norwegian government, African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and International Maritime Organization (IMO), where he reiterated Seychelles’strong commitment to further develop the Blue Economy agenda in Africa.

“We are now setting our priorities for the future development of Africa’s Blue Economy by doubling our efforts to work with all States across the globe, in particular those in our Region” he said.

Vice President also updated members on recent activities, projects and endeavours by Seychelles under its Blue Economy agenda with a view of unlocking the full potential of Africa’s Blue Economy.

You will agree with me that the debate on the value of the Blue Economy as a concept is over: we are now in a new era where Governments are actively implementing tangible projects”.

Participants at this African event also noted the important message delivered by the Representative of the AU Commissioner, Commissioner for Rural, Economy and Agriculture, H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, who welcomed Seychelles continuous engagement in the Blue Economy. Notably since last November when President Danny Faure received the award of the Champion of Blue Economy development in Africa, “Seychelles have shown constant dynamism to achieve the Africa’s objectives of Blue Economy and we will work together to elaborate a continental Blue Economy strategy to be presented at the Head of States next January at the Ordinary Summit of African Union”.

The afternoon session included a presentation by Chief Executive Officer of SEYPEC, Mr. Conrad Benoiton, who contributed in a panel session focussing on business opportunities in Africa and financing mechanisms available to support the industry.

On the margin of the Conference, the Vice President also held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Ine Eriksen Soreide, Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs where matters of mutual importance were discussed including Maritime Security, Fisheries Transparency and African Shipping Lines.

He also provided an interview on the Seychelles’ experience and challenges of Africa in implementing the Blue Economy to the Norwegian-African TV.

The Nor-Shipping Africa is an event that contributes greatly towards positive advancements in the shipping industry in Africa which is a pivotal sector for the development of blue economy.

Members of the delegation included Principal Secretary, Ms. Rebecca Loustau-Lalanne, Chief Executive Officer of SEYPEC, Mr Conrad Benoiton, SEYPEC Commercial Manager Mrs Sarah Romain and Director General at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jacques Belle.