Mr. Steve Lalande
Director General of Regional Affairs
Seychelles is a member of the following regional organisations: AU, SADC, COMESA, IOC, IMO, IHO, IORA and the regional standby forces – EASF and SADC.
Seychelles subscribes to the main objectives of the regional organisations it is a member of, that is through enhanced regional processes and frameworks, to achieve socio-economic development, increase regional connectivity and mobility, develop regional infrastructure projects, promote peace and security, increase regional trade, attract regional investments, enhance standards and quality of life, promote democracy and partake in regional governance. These objectives are to be achieved through increased Regional Integration, built on democratic principles, and equitable and sustainable development.
Seychelles also subscribes to the Pan African Vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena, as stated in AU’s Agenda 2063, which outlines how the continent intends to achieve this vision within a 50-year period from 2013 to 2063.
Regional and security threats, emanating from land and spilling over into the Western Indian Ocean and the maritime domain, concern Seychelles. Those include piracy, maritime drug trafficking, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), human trafficking, and other threats. Because events related to peace and security may have a destabilising effect on the Seychelles’ economy and its connectivity with the rest of the world, it is therefore in Seychelles interest to monitor regional events, that have a bearing on regional stability and security and participate through diplomatic interventions in areas which will contribute to peace, stability and security in the region. This includes the various regional programmes and events, hosted by regional organisations, such as AU, EASF and SADC that focus on peace and security themes.
Seychelles is a leading advocate of the blue economy, and uses the concept as a policy tool and means to drive economic growth and to create jobs around the maritime sector. Activities in the maritime domain includes international transportation, regional mineral resources development, sustainable energy, tourism, regional fisheries, and aquaculture. Seychelles also subscribes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 14, with the attribute focused on global and regional conservation and sustainably use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. As a Small Island Developing State with a large Exclusive Economic Zone, Seychelles seeks to promote and safeguard its maritime interest, regionally and internationally.
Objectives of The Regional Affairs Division
The Regional Affairs Division comprises of two sections:
- Regional Integration.
- Regional Security and Maritime Affairs.
The Regional Integration Section shall strengthen Seychelles’ engagements with regional organizations – AU, COMESA, SADC, IORA, IOC, - for the purpose of establishing inclusive and mutually beneficial regional frameworks that promote socio-economic development, trade, resource mobilization, quality of life, regional mobility, good governance and democracy. The Section shall actively coordinate with relevant MDAs and stakeholders, such as the Trade Department to ensure that the national interest of Seychelles is represented in the regional frameworks and take the lead in diplomatic engagements and negotiations.
Regional Security and Maritime Affairs
The Regional Security and Maritime Affairs Section shall promote, maintain and contribute towards peace, security and stability in the region and to preserve the security interests of Seychelles through proactive diplomacy. With Seychelles being a Small Island State with a vast maritime space, the section also endeavours to reinforce maritime safety and security by consolidating the country’s leadership role in the region and internationally. In collaboration with national and international stakeholders the section shall contribute to the processes of identifying, analysing and mitigating regional security threats, early detection and response, and take the lead in diplomatic engagements and negotiations.
Key Results Areas
The following Key Results Areas shall form the core focus of work processes for the Division:
- Regional cooperation, trade and integration processes
- Regional socio-economic prosperity, mobility and development
- Regional peace, stability and security
- Maritime affairs and maritime security
- Regional governance and politics