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2017 Speech of Diplomatic delivered by Designated Minister, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon

20.02.2017

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you this evening to the annual diplomatic reception.  

I would like to seize this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your unwavering support and collaboration. Seychelles remains committed in its engagement with its partners within the diplomatic community. 

2016 going into 2017 has been an eventful year for Seychelles and the world. It has brought a new UN Secretary General, a new Chairperson of the African Union, a new US President and the UK exit from the European Union amongst other major world developments.

Like elsewhere in the world, momentous shifts have also touched Seychelles, in particular the realignment of the political landscape. 2016 saw parliamentary elections resulting in the National Assembly consisting of a majority from an opposition coalition; a new Presidential administration; and an unprecedented period of political cohabitation.

This year has also been one of mourning as we bade adieu to some iconic figures. None has touched us as hard or as personally as the passing, early this year, of Sir James Mancham, the Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles. 

 

Excellences,

Mesdames et messieurs,

Dans son adresse à l’Assemblée Nationale, le 18 octobre dernier, le Président Danny Faure a fixé les grandes orientations de son administration qui s’appuient sur les valeurs clés de la bonne gouvernance, la transparence et la reddition des comptes.

Mesurer chaque acte à l’aune de la bonne gouvernance et de la transparence,assurer une croissance durable dont le bénéfice sera partagé par l’ensemble des Seychellois, défendre partout les idéaux de justice sociale,d’unité et de tolérance qui nourrissent et entretiennent l’espoir, figurent donc au nombre des considérations qui continueront d’inspirer le gouvernement. 

L’action de la diplomatie seychelloise s’inscrit naturellement dans cette dynamique voulue par le Président Faure.

Le Département des Affaires Etrangères, dans la droite ligne de cette orientation, se fera fort de poursuivre, avec dévouement et loyauté, dans ce sens. Il s’engagera pleinement dans la dynamique de la vision d’une diplomatie pragmatique et proactive, engagée au service du rayonnement international des Seychelles. 

C’est le lieu de rappeler le profond attachement de notre pays aux idéaux qu’il défend et son engagement à continuer d’inscrire son action dans le même esprit. 

Le respect des droits de l’Homme, la paix, la recherche constante de l’amitié et l’attachement à la démocratie, inspirent, dans ce sens, nos démarches.  Le Départemendes Affaires Etrangères continuera à s’adosser à ces principes qui sont en totale cohérence avec notre culture créole.

Nos actions s’inscriront dans la préservation, l’élargissement et le renforcement des relations d’amitié et de coopération avec nos partenaires traditionnels. 

Parallèlement, elles s’articuleront à la mise en œuvre d’une diplomatie économique, préoccupée à attirer des investissements, à revaloriser les axes de coopération nord/sud et sud/sud, à promouvoir l’intégration économique régionale et africaine et à renforcer la visibilité des Seychelles, tout en recherchant une plus grande diversité au niveau des partenaires.

 

Excellences,

Mesdames et messieurs,

 Bien  qu’étant l’une des plus petites nations au monde, nous pouvons affirmer avec fierté, mais  sans forfanterie aucune, que les Seychelles assurent à l’échelle internationale un leadership dynamique.

Les visites en 2016 de son excellence Monsieur Ban Ki Moon secrétaire général de l'ONU, de Madame Michaëlle Jean, secrétaire générale de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, et de Monsieur José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO, témoignent de l’importance du rôle et de la place des Seychelles dans les efforts internationaux pour l’instauration d’un monde de paix, de justice et de solidarité. 

C’est l’occasion pour moi de saluer ici tous nos partenaires pour le soutien qu’ils nous ont apporté et continuent à apporter à nos actions.

 

Nous les invitons à poursuivre et à intensifier leurs efforts afin de raffermir nos relations d’amitié et de coopération, afin de les impulser vers des horizons plus vastes.

 

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

For Seychelles, unity and reconciliation remain as our strengths in our quest for further progress.     

This year as we witness seismic shifts in the international diplomatic and political landscape Seychelles remains true to its guiding values that have stood the test of time.

Our advocacy and support for issues of pertinence to our Republic remain unwavering as is our own ambition to maintain friendly relations with all nations to ensure the continued viability of the international system. 

In this regard, we reiterate our commitment to host the Regional Maritime Centre for Operational Coordination, which is the response mechanism which targets all forms of maritime threats. 

The commitment we have made to limit temperature rise to below 2 degrees, as per the Paris Agreement and the engagement that we have made in Marrakesh, will be a cross-cutting issue in the policies that we will be developing. Despite our already low carbon footprint, Seychelles is committed to move even more towards green renewable energy.

With regards to human rights, Seychelles is making strides to respect its international obligations. 

Over the past year, Seychelles has continued in its steadfast commitment for the protection and promotion of human rights for all persons.

I am further pleased to note, that today  the Convention for the Protection of all persons from enforced disappearance entered into force for Seychelles. This will make Seychelles one of the few countries in the region to have become a party to all nine core UN treaties on human rights. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

Seychelles’ graduation to High-Income country status, which is mainly due to the remarkable success of our economic reform programme of 2008, is regarded as an excellent achievement recognised by the world community. 

However, we should not let the perception of a high income country status mislead us into thinking our economy is secure. Seychelles as a small island developing state remains vulnerable to some of the effects of globalisation, such as international economic and political crises and climate change.

As a small island nation, we may be but mere dots on the World Map but as a resilient and peaceful people, maintaining and building on cultural diversity is one of our forte. 

It is our acceptance of our diversity and identification as being simply a Seychellois, which forms the basis of our unique identity. Building and continuing to strengthen our cultural ties remains at the forefront of our agenda.

It is in this vein that we will continue to fortify our international relations so that Seychelles remains open to the world.  

We have a great appreciation for, and attach immeasurable value to our traditional partners and we are confident that opening our doors to new partners will only enrich our current links.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to reiterate my appreciation to all of you present here tonight.  All the Ambassadors and High Commissioners present in Seychelles- you are the conduit for our ideas to the world and your contribution is immeasurable.

To all the Honorary Consuls, we deeply appreciate your engagement in widening our reach and helping to deepen Seychelles ties to your countries of representative.  

Before concluding, allow me to also offer a few words of appreciation to the dedicated staff of Maison Quéau de Quinssy. Your determination has allowed us to rise above challenges as does your desire to ensure that the department of foreign affairs remains a beacon of excellence. 

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I propose a toast to your good health and the continued valued relationship that we share.

Thank you.

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