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Post  Sirop14 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:32 pm

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Africa needs to be firm with foreign mining and oil companies to ensure the continent is not exploited to the detriment of the poor. 

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This view was expressed by the newly appointed chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma when speaking to the media on her visit to State House yesterday.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma spoke to President James Michel about a wide range of topics, including the need for Africa to continue in its efforts to mobilise the ‘blue economy’ in order to benefit from resources hidden in the oceans.

President Michel welcomed Dr Dlamini-Zuma and thanked her for the support that she has expressed to the island states of Africa, with a great understanding of the specificities and complexities of those states.

"We appreciate your efforts to sensitise the African continent to the needs of the small islands states of Africa, as well as the role that coastal states can play in developing the blue economy of the continent,” said President Michel.

“I would also like to congratulate you on the new dimension, dynamism and efficiency you have introduced to the African Union, and I am confident that you will take the Union to new heights."

Dr Dlamini-Zuma was accompanied on her visit by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam, who said that regional political issues such as the upcoming elections in Madagascar were also discussed during the meeting.

Said Mr Adam: “Seychelles has strongly reiterated its support for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union position, which is a strong position designed to send a clear message to those who do not want to respect commitments already made, that there is no other way, that they have to respect the paths that have been laid out by international partners and particularly the African Union.”

The minister added that the three-day official visit of Dr Dlamini-Zuma, which forms part of the National Day celebrations, was one that demonstrates how proud Seychelles is to be a member of the African Union.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma said she had told President Michel that Seychelles should share its experiences and successes with other countries, especially on its efforts to preserve the environment.

“I was also mentioning to the President that in the Assembly, it was very nice to see the different hues of the people of Seychelles in the House – the different ages, the different sexes, and it was really quite impressive,” said Dr Dlamini-Zuma.

She added that her goal as the newly appointed head of the AU Commission was to energise, mobilise and galvanise the continent towards working out a roadmap for the economic development and prosperity of each member state.

“My tenure started at a historic moment, when the Organisation of African Unity /African Union was celebrating 50 years, and I think it gave us an opportunity to actually pause for a moment and reflect on what has happened during the last 50 years, where we are now and more importantly where we should go,” she said.

“So it is important for all the member states, including Seychelles, to discuss this issue and saying where we want Africa to be in 50 years, and what the steps and targets we need to set in order to get there. Even before 50 years, Africa should be able to describe itself as a prosperous continent at peace with itself, and that will also give it a much stronger voice internationally. So we are waiting for all your inputs to draw this roadmap, which we will present to all the heads of state in January,” she added.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma said food security remained a concern for Africa, and said it was a “tragedy” that the continent spent more than US $20 billion a year on importing food while 60% of the available arable land in the world was situated on African soil.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma said it was a priority of the AU to ensure that the poor benefitted from mineral resources in Africa, not only when looking at how much profit remains in the continent but also in ensuring that the people who work for those companies are well paid.

“To wake up and go to work and still say that you are poor – that shouldn’t be acceptable,” she said. “You will find the same companies in other parts of the world, they pay five times or even more for the same work, so we must now make sure that the companies pay proper wages and have proper working conditions for people and that we also benefit from the profits they make.

“We also know that a lot of the resources that leave the continent illegally are from those companies who are not paying their taxes through not declaring what they are actually taking out. In fact, what goes out in illicit funds is three or four times more than what we get from donor aid. So we also have to be a bit firm when dealing with these companies, it must be a win-win situation. They can’t win while we lose if the resources are on our continent.”

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Post  Sirop14 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:41 am

Blue Economy concept gets big boost in 2014

31-December-2014



The Blue Economy Concept – developing the full economic potential of marine resources in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the people -- ardently championed the world over at every conference, meeting and forum by President James Michel and the rest of the government, attracted more interest, gained more recognition and acceptance throughout the year and locally a big boost from different stakeholders.

A Blue economy summit Seychelles co-hosted with Abu Dhabi was held in January in Abu Dhabi and it was aimed at addressing climate and sustainability challenges that small island developing states (Sids) face. It was also to discuss how to use the Blue Economy concept as a tool to shift development in Sids and coastal states towards a sustainable development path while building on the Rio+20 consensus.

It was organised to coincide with the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), the largest gathering in the region on sustainability and was viewed as the opportune platform for Seychelles to promote the Blue Economy concept.

Some 180 delegates from governments and organisations from around the world took part.
It is to be noted that the Blue Economy concept was debated during the United Nation’s Rio+20 conference held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and as a result of that conference, the Blue Economy concept – and the urgency to build resilient marine ecosystems – was recognised as a central theme of global sustainable development, climate mitigation and poverty eradication.

As he addressed the opening session of the Blue Economy summit in Abu Dhabi President James Michel said:
“The importance of the Blue Economy to humankind cannot be underestimated: over 70% of our planet is covered by ocean; 90% of the world’s trade in goods is conducted by sea. Oceans transcend states. They connect us all to each other. And we must harness these connections for development, not just enrichment."

Locally the first national stakeholder consultation forum on the Blue Economy concept was held here on December 9 and 10 and it was President Michel who launched the two-day forum at the International Conference Centre.

For the two days, different stakeholders learned what is being done in all sectors involved to give impetus to the concept, discuss the relevance of the Blue Economy concept to national development as the government seeks to explore the full potential of the concept and put it at the top of the national agenda for development.

At the end of the forum it was revealed that the country has decided to enter the implementation phase of the concept as all stakeholders and everyone involved with the concept now understand what it really entails and the fact that it is closely linked to sustainable development.

The ministers for Home Affairs & Transport and for Natural Resources, Joel Morgan and Peter Sinon respectively, agreed that now Seychelles needs a maritime special plan which will clearly highlight the potential of our exclusive economic zone and be used as the stepping stone for the Blue Economy concept to be put into effect.

Minister Sinon said the special plan is expected to be ready to be submitted to government by next year.
Meanwhile stakeholders at the forum recommended that the concept is also brought in the community and get more people to be involved and the forum also learned that there are plans to have an awareness campaign on the various opportunities the Blue Economy offers.

In that regard work on a new commercial fishing quay on zone 14 at Ile du Port is expected to be completed by the end of next year. The project, which is costing between US $15 million and US $20 million is expected to offer more berthing space and handling services to fishing boat owners unloading their catch at Ile du Port.

At the laying of the foundation stone for the project in May Minister Joel Morgan said it “marks the birth of a significant public and private sector partnership project which will contribute to our objective and commitment to diversify the economy of our country and create employment and investment opportunities”.

The construction of the 425-metre quay by JACCAR Holdings – the Luxembourg-based foreign investment company which has partnered with Seychelles in the venture will also operate the quay.

Thanking Jacques de Chateauvieux, the chairperson and chief executive of JACCAR Holdings and partners for choosing “to partner in with us and invest in our port infrastructure and fisheries industry”, Minister Morgan pointed out:

“We are committed to being one of the most vibrant and competitive ports in the region and the support from government, the private sector and continuous effort from our people are helping to transform our aspirations and vision into reality”.

More proof of public private sector partnership was in the launch by Oceana Fisheries Co. Pty Ltd at the beginning of October of the first of 15 long liners the company plans to have built. The Ocean 1 is 32 metres long and it has a cold storage capacity of 20 tonnes and is fitted with the latest fishing technology.

The chief executive of the company Cyril Bonnelamme said the 14 other vessels will range from 20 metres to 37 metres and cold storage facilities of between 20 tonnes to 100 tonnes.

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More young Seychellois to join maritime sector

27-February-2015


Seychelles’ maritime sector is getting a big boost as 105 young Seychellois graduated after completing different courses at the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) and prepare to join the world of work.

During the graduation ceremony on Wednesday afternoon the students received their certificates and the best performers as well as those who went the extra mile and excelled in other aspects of their training were also rewarded.

The ceremony was attended by President James Michel, Vice-President Danny Faure, several ministers, other high government officials, members of the MTC board of directors, parents among other distinguished guests.

The graduates received certificates and advanced certificates in courses such as navigation and seamanship, marine mechanics, fishing technology and fisheries science. Student also followed courses for a certificate in basic safety at sea.

Apart from Nelson Etienne, a student who followed an advanced certificate course in navigation and seamanship who clinched the Outstanding Student Award (the President’s Cup), overall best performers in other courses were also rewarded.

Dominique Gappy, an apprenticeship student on the certificate in fishing technology course, clinched the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) award for outstanding behaviour.

Joanna Rose was the best overall performer in the advanced certificate in navigation and seamanship course while Jean-Marc Morel was the best in the advanced certificate in marine mechanics course.

For advanced fisheries science and fishing technology course, Shiira Padayachy and Nyara Anacoura were the best performers while Richie Hoareau was the one who clinched that award in the fishing technology certificate apprenticeship course.

Samia Esparon, a graduate from the advanced certificate in navigation and seamanship course, had words of encouragement for her fellow graduates.

She expressed gratitude to the government, MTC lecturers and everyone who have contributed in their success.

When he addressed the graduates and guests prior to the certificate and award presentations, the director of the MTC, Captain S.S. Bangara, said the institution is committed to its mission of providing quality maritime training and professional qualifications in line with international standards for students leading to wider career paths both at local and international level.

“The maritime industry is one of the largest and most dynamic sectors of the modern economy, particularly the Blue economy, providing employment as well as innumerable other opprtunites,” Captain Bangara said.

He added that in order to prosper in this fast moving job market, the MTC students must possess a strong work ethic.
“With a view to meeting the needs of both students and future employers, members of our faculty are constantly refining and lending innovation to their didactic methods,” added Captain Bangara.

Furthermore he said the institution will be introducing some new courses this year and next year as well.
“We have on our own developed a yacht masters course which will start next month and this will be the first time ever that such a course is conducted in either Seychelles or Sri Lanka,” Captain Bangara said.

Among the courses to be conducted next year is the officer cadet training programmes for both deck and engine.
“These will enhance the opportunities for Seychellois youths to be employed on internationally flagged vessels as future officers on board,” Captain Bangara added.

It is to be recalled that it was in August 2013 that the Ministry of Education signed an agreement with the Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (Cinec) for it to provide leadership and guidance to the MTC. The aim is to transform it into a regional maritime training hub to take in students from neighbouring countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Reunion, Comoros, Mayotte and Mauritius.

(In our story on the Outstanding Student Award winner, Nelson Etienne, published in yesterday’s issue, we inadvertently referred to Nelson’s father as Mark Etienne. In fact the father’s name is Frank. Our apologies for the slip).

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Post  Sirop14 on Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:23 pm

Long-line fishing gets big boost

26-September-2015

Three new long-line fishing vessels owned by Seychellois entrepreneurs have joined the fleet thus giving a big boost to the local fishing industry.
Yesterday morning President James Michel, accompanied by the Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture Wallace Cosgrow, visited the three fishing vessels belonging to the Marine Investment Resources Seychelles Ltd based at Providence and owned by Alderic Benoiton.
The three vessels Blue Ocean 1, Blue Ocean 2, and Blue Ocean 3 are presently moored at the ex- coastguard base at Bois de Rose. But once they become operational they will be based at Providence.
Speaking to the press after visiting the vessels President Michel said the three vessels are a source of great pride as much for Mr Benoiton who is seeing the realisation of his dreams and for him as the President who is championing the Blue economy.
“The three vessels are important to us because they will bring long-line fishing by Seychellois themselves for Seychellois on another level and this once again is proof of Seychellois heeding the call to take ownership of their economy,” President Michel noted, adding that we all have our share in the Blue economy.
“I congratulate Mr Benoiton for this initiative. The three vessels will allow for the sustainable exploitation of our marine resources to benefit not only his enterprise but our country and our people,” President Michel pointed out.
He added that through the initiative Mr Benoiton is also providing training, expertise and career opportunities to our young people so they can grow in the profession and contribute to the development of the fishing sector.
Mr Benoiton said it was always his dream to take part in the development of the fishing sector but opportunities have been limited but when President Michel called for Seychellois to come up with initiatives to take part in the development of the Blue economy and opportunities become available, his son and himself seized the chance.
“I am very happy to have been able to realize my dream and I am really proud,” Mr Benoiton said.
Mr Benoiton said at present 75% of the vessels’ workforce are the Indonesians who came with the vessels but his company is working closely with the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) with which an agreement will soon be signed so that his company could provide training, work attachment and subsequent employment to young prospective seafarers from the institution as well as encourage them to consider building a career on the vessels once they graduate.
As part of the project a factory to transform fish into value added products for export will also be built soon at Ile Du Port.
The three vessels will start their operations as soon as all formalities have been completed. They arrived in the country two weeks ago.
The three vessels have cost some R35 million while the total investment in the project of vessels plus factory is some R95 million.

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Post  Sirop14 on Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:10 pm

Second Blue Economy Summit

20-January-2016

Partners adopt Abu Dhabi 2016 declaration


President James Alix Michel stressed the importance and significance of a paradigm shift towards a sustainable ocean-based or Blue Economy in his keynote address yesterday at the Second Blue Economy Summit.
The Summit, held under the theme ‘One Ocean, One Future’, and a key component of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), concluded successfully yesterday with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi 2016 Blue Economy Declaration.
The Declaration unanimously adopted by government, international and civil society representatives calls upon the international community to adopt, elaborate and utilise the Blue Economy approach as a key tool in the implementation of inter alia the Paris Climate Change Agreement and realisation of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14 to “Conserve and Sustainably Use Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources for Sustainable Development”.
The Second Blue Economy Summit was co-hosted by the governments of Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of Unesco (United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
President Michel said “in Seychelles our transition to the Blue Economy is about empowering our local fisheries industry through the adoption of sustainable practices to create better value addition. We believe that supporting our local entrepreneurs is at the heart of the Blue Economy agenda; because sustainability is not possible without strong local ownership,” he said.
His speech highlighted the potential a Blue Economy offers to contribute to the international challenges of the alleviation of global poverty, creation of sustainable livelihoods, increased food security, improved human well-being and social equity while also reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
Mr Michel explained that “transitioning to a Blue Economy and away from the ‘business as usual’ model of marine exploitation will require research, international cooperation and strong political will, as long-term gains are often only achievable through shorter term pain”.
He noted that political vision and principle is required, coupled with innovation. “It requires innovation in science and engineering in the marine domain but also innovation in administration, strategic planning and finance. For example, in Seychelles, assisted by international partners, we are pioneering novel means of leveraging new and additional funds to support the realisation of a sustainable Blue Economy. Our latest initiative is the proposed issue of ten-year sovereign ‘blue’ bonds guaranteed by government and supported by international financial institutions, with the proceeds being specifically designated for the implementation of a new transformative management plan for our national demersal fisheries,” said President Michel.
The opening ceremony included statements by the President of the Republic of Palau Tommy E. Remengesau Jr, the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change of the UAE, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), Adnan Z. Amin and the executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-Unesco), Dr Vladimir Ryabinin.
“We are very pleased to once again co-host the Second Blue Economy Summit with the Republic of the Seychelles. Since the first Summit in 2014 held here in Abu Dhabi, significant strides have been made by the global community. The adoption of the sustainable development goals reinforced the importance of the oceans and seas, as well as the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources,” said Dr Al Jaber.
“As a coastal country, the protection and sustainable use of marine resources and coastal zones are central to our national policies. And just as oceans and seas transcend borders, so do our efforts. The UAE, under the guidance of its wise leadership, are supporting small island states by deploying renewable energy and improving their resilience to extreme weather events,” he added.
“The International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), as the only UN body specialising in ocean sciences, observations, services and capacity development, is committed to helping build the Blue Economy through education and capacity development, the Global Ocean Observing System, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Marine Spatial Planning, Ocean Teacher Global Academy, and many other IOC programmes and initiatives,” said Dr V. Ryabinin, executive secretary IOC.
He added that economic return on investments into ocean science of observations will be the vehicle moving the Blue Economy forward.
The summit, attended by high level country, international agency and civil society representatives, sought to re-galvanise support for the Blue Economy and highlight the importance of oceans for the continued sustainable development of all countries. International expert presentations followed by distinguished panel discussions, with input from the plenary, served to advance the international debate on the Blue Economy in relation to Climate Change and SDG 14 respectively.
The Declaration urges States, international agencies and donors to take concerted action and ease the application of the Blue Economy in the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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Post  Sirop14 on Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:40 pm

Second Blue Economy Summit

21-January-2016
President Michel in talks with partners

President James Michel has returned to Seychelles from his working visit to Abu Dhabi where he attended the Second Blue Economy Summit as well as the World Future Energy Summit of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
The President had a series of meetings in the margins of the Blue Economy Summit.
He met the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, and they discussed ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
President Remengesau said Palau is following closely Seychelles in terms of Blue Economy strategy and learning from its experiences, especially in the area of marine spatial planning.
President Michel noted that Palau is doing great work to promote the Blue Economy.
They spoke about islands’ cooperation in the Global Island Partnership (Glispa) and Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) fora.
They discussed the modalities of the Seychelles ‘Blue Bonds’ initiative, to raise capital to finance projects for boosting the fisheries sector, which will directly impact and assist the local fishing communities.
President Remengesau applauded Seychelles for the successful organisation of the Second Blue Economy Summit.
With the President of Iceland, Dr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who had also attended the first Blue Economy Summit in Abu Dhabi in 2013, President Michel discussed ways Seychelles and Iceland can share knowledge of fisheries management, processing and product development.
President Michel said Iceland is interested in contributing its expertise to the Blue Economy dialogue as well as helping Seychelles in developing a high-tech innovative Blue Economy which would include high-end medical and pharmaceutical products derived from fisheries.
They also discussed the possibilities of the Blue Economy Research Institute of the University of Seychelles to create partnerships with similar marine research institutes in Iceland.
The President also met the French Secretary of State for Development and La Francophonie in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Annick Girardin.
They discussed the success of the recent COP21 Paris Climate Change Conference and the leadership role that Seychelles had played in promoting the interests of small island developing states during the negotiations.
They also spoke about the opportunities for financing Blue Economy projects in the Indian Ocean region, as well as the need to set up a regional surveillance mechanism to combat drug trafficking.
When he met the director of International Sustainability Unit of the HRH Prince Wales' Trust, Justin Mundy, President Michel discussed the ongoing work of the Commonwealth to creating mechanisms for the financing of environmental projects as well as developing a Blue Economy framework.
They spoke about ideas for boosting investment in marine projects and infrastructure. He commended Seychelles’ leadership on Blue Economy issues.
Present for the meetings were the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, Seychelles’ ambassador to the UAE, Dick Esparon, special adviser in the Blue Economy department of the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy, Philippe Michaud, principal secretary for the Blue Economy, Rebecca Loustau-Lalanne, and the chairman of Seychelles Fishermen and Boat Owners Association, Keith Andre.

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Seychelles contributes to enhancing World Bank’s blue economy development framework

21-April-2016

Seychelles is leading the charge to ensure a coherent blue economy development framework for implementation of the sustainable development goals and action to achieve resilience against climate change.
Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy Minister Jean-Paul Adam shared Seychelles' experiences at a specially convened event on the Blue Economy Framework by the World Bank and underlined the opportunities created by the recently concluded debt swap agreement, as well as the prospects of mobilising additional resources from international capital markets through concepts such as a 'Blue Bond'.
He also emphasised the importance of mobilising additional resources for the development of the blue economy recognising the opportunity inherent within this concept for developing countries.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank group have used the spring meetings to further the discussion on ways to mobilise resources to better support countries in their blue economy efforts.
The spring meetings also focused on mobilising climate finance, particularly for those most vulnerable to climate change which include the small island developing states. During the meetings, discussions were also held among African island state countries to better make use of regional opportunities to develop the blue economy.
Seychelles also further pursued discussions in relation to implementing the Fisheries Industry Transparency Initiative which provides more information to governments, citizens and consumers about the governance around fisheries around the world.
"It is evident that for small island states such as Seychelles, sustainable economic development depends on diversifying our economy in such a way that maximises our strengths while also protecting our resources for future generations. The blue economy is central to these efforts and we call for more resources to be made available to specifically invest in this development challenge. We are encouraged that this has become a key part of the consideration of the Bretton Woods institutions and we look forward to further progress towards the sustainable development goals and reduction of climate vulnerability in line with the Paris agenda,” Minister Adam remarked.
Seychelles also currently chairs the small states forum set up by the World Bank to better reflect the priorities of small states within the institution.
Minister Adam availed of the opportunity to further outline the priorities agreed in Lima, centred around better ensuring access to appropriate resources on the basis of vulnerability.

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Mariculture project key component of Blue Economy sector

01-July-2016
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The development of a mariculture industry has been prioritised by government as the central component in the development of the Blue Economy sector.
Before implementing the project, a series of public consultative meetings have started during which the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) is gathering as many views, comments, complaints and concerns from individuals, businesses and stakeholders in the communities on the project.

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Economie bleue : Les premiers revenus de la société Ile du Port Handline Services

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Blue Economy youth ambassadors off to Mauritius

A group of young people left for Mauritius yesterday where they will be embarking on the second phase of a Blue Economy internship programme.
The programme, dubbed ‘Prosperity & Environment: Promoting sustainable development opportunities for youth in the Blue Economy’, is an initiative of the SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH) – Seychelles.
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Interview with former President James Michel following the launch of the James Michel Foundation

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The Economist World Ocean Summit

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India is unleashing the Blue Economy

13-March-2017
“If we want the Blue Economy game to change then India is a game changer”.

Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah, chief executive of Nature Seychelles said this in an article published in the Seychelles NATION newspaper in August 2015 at the end of former President James Michel’s state visit to India.
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Unesco recognises eight nations as Global Champions of Ocean Science

08-June-2017
Seychelles under the leadership of former President Michel honoured

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Post  Sirop14 on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:00 am

SEYCHELLES REPRESENTED AT OCEAN CONFERENCE

Vice-President, Vincent Meriton is leading a 21 member Seychelles delegation to the first United Nations Ocean Conference.

The conference is being held in New York between 5th and 9th June 2017 in conjunction with the World Oceans day celebrated annually on the 8th June.

The conference is aimed at identifying ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 which is “To conserve and use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for sustainable development…”

Seychelles will be showcasing and sharing its experience in ocean governance and the Blue Economy, especially with regards to innovative finance and marine conservation, while pursuing potential collaboration and assistance for the further development of its Blue Economy.Seychelles has also already registered some 18 voluntary contributions in advance of the historic conference.

Vice-President Meriton is expected to address the conference with an intervention on the Seychelles experience on the 6th June during the plenary session.

the UN Ocean Conference co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden is expected to adopt by consensus an inter-governmentally agreed declaration in the form of a “Call for Action”, to support the implementation of SDG14.


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At the UN Ocean Conference in New York

09-June-2017
VP Meriton thanks Commonwealth for technical help
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Post  Sirop14 on Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:09 pm


GVI Seychelles – National Scholarship Programme

A stepping stone to a career within the Blue economy In 2004 Global Vision International (GVI) began its marine conservation expedition at Cap Ternay. This project, which is run in collaboration... Read More
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Youth oceans champions honoured

Young people who are actively taking part in programmes concerned with the Blue Economy concept were celebrated in a ceremony held at the Seychelles Institute for Teacher Education... Read More
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Post  Sirop14 on Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:23 pm

How does Aldabra Atoll fit into the Blue economy of Seychelles?
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Post  Sirop14 on Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:04 pm

Second Blue Economy Internship programme launched

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Small island states are on the frontline of the Blue Economy challenge

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Post  Sirop14 on Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:50 pm

The James Michel Foundation to be represented at the 5th Sustainable Ocean Summit
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Post  Sirop14 on Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:59 pm

Stakeholders discuss ways to protect Seychelles’ ‘Blue Gold’

09-December-2017

One of the presentations during the symposium

The importance of fisheries for the Blue economy of Seychelles and the challenges of regulating fisheries and stopping illegal fishing were the focus of a symposium held on Wednesday.
These challenges were discussed across two panels with speakers from the Seychelles and from overseas.
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Post  Sirop14 on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:24 pm

Second group of Blue economy interns leave for Mauritius
A group of 12 young people left last Friday for Mauritius where they will be embarking on the second phase of the second ‘Blue Economy internship programme’.
The ‘Blue Economy internship programme’ was first launched by SYAH-Seychelles in 2016 with the goal of promoting youth engagement in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) mainly SDG 14 and 17.
Through this programme, interested young people are placed on a two-week work placement at various institutions relating directly or indirectly to the blue economy. These include institutions such as the Seychelles Coast Guard and the British High Commission. After the two-week work placement the chosen interns attend a two-week educational trip to Mauritius.
This year’s group of interns are aged between 15 and 27 and they will be spending a total of eight days in Mauritius where they will be joined by Mauritian youth.
As part of this exchange trip, the young Seychellois will be visiting the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) headquarters, the University of Mauritius, the Mauritius Oceanography Institute and others. Through these visits the Blue economy interns are expected to learn more about the work done by these institutions in regards to the Blue economy. Apart from visits the interns will also take part in other activities including a mangrove snorkel with WISEOCEANS, glass bottom boat excursions and cultural exchange with Mauritian fellows.
This second ‘Blue Economy internship programme’ is yet another momentous moment for the SYAH-Seychelles as members from Seychelles and Mauritius will be meeting to brainstorm the second “#SeeingBlue” initiative, spurring from SYAH’s claim to the first prize of the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award in 2016.
SYAH-Seychelles has thanked the individuals, organisations, friends and families that have sponsored the interns and shown interest to fund the second Blue economy internship. This year’s programme has been funded by the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, Indian Ocean Tuna Ltd and the Blue Economy department. The flights are discounted with the help of Air Seychelles.
To stay up to date with the Blue economy interns on their journeys, follow them on the Blue Economy Internship Facebook page: ‘Prosperity and Environment: Youth Opportunities in the Blue Economy’ where the 12 young Seychellois will be posting regular updates. Alternatively, there will be also updates using blogs on the SYAH-Seychelles website: syah-seychelles.weebly.com ( [Only admins are allowed to see this link]
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