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SPEECH BY THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF LUNCH WITH THE SEYCHELLES AMBASSADORS

30.09.2018

Mesdames et Messieurs les Ambassadeurs,

C’est pour moi un grand honneur et un privilege de partager avec vous ce moment de détente après des heures de discussion et d’activités intenses. J’acccueille cette rencontre, avec beaucoup de joie, car elle représente pour moi, au regard de vos compétences, vos experiences et du role primordial que vous jouez pour le rayonnement des Seychelles àl’étranger, un important moment de concertation, d’échanges et de convivialité. C’est une occasion priviligiée de définir nos priorités et nos objectifs stratégiques en matière de politique étrangère. Comme vous le savez, cette politique doit être toujours en adéquation avec notre vision en matière développement pour le bien-être de notre peuple, et les moyens dont nous disposons.

En effet, votre retraite a lieu quelques jours seulement après l’accession des Seychelles à la présidence du Conseil des Ministres de la COI. Cette présidence est à la fois un honneur et une fierté, mais aussi une responsabilité. Je peux vous dire déja que c’est une nouvelle responsabilité qui conforte ma conviction que la COI est une veritable force de solidarité à laquelle nous devons accorder toute son importance.

En effet la situation difficile de notre monde glabalisé, montre qu’il n’est pas aisé, en tant qu’Etat, de trouver toujours des réponses à propos de réalités qui dépassent de loin les frontiers nationales. Notre monde est aujourd’hui confronté à des défis multiples posés à la paix, à la sécurité et aux efforts si importants visant l’amélioration des conditions de vie de nos populations.

Les Seychelles ne manquent pas d’atouts. Mais nous devons savoir agir avec intelligence et pragmatisme.

Dear Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
This is why maritime security remains a major contemporary challenge. It is equally important for the protection and sustainable use of our resources as is justifiably argued in our new Blue Economy Policy Framework and Roadmap.

Having said this, it is not my intention to repeat here the fundamental aspects of our foreign policy. This you have aptly done during the course of the 2 days you have spent here.

I wish to share my thoughts with you on our Department of Foreign Affairs. DFA has embarked on a new journey of restructuration and innovative strategizing. Our strategic Plan 2020, inspired by our passion to strengthen our engagements in the global sphere, represents a new era for Seychelles Foreign Policy.

In line with our strategy, we will ensure that our Department and diplomatic missions are equipped with qualified, well trained personnel, to ensure the successful execution of our Foreign Policy. The restructuration of our Department of Foreign Affairs will give fresh perspectives on matters such as public diplomacy, maritime security, International Law and Human Rights, SIDS and Climate change, whilst not losing focus on the traditional conduct of diplomacy.

Dear Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Our Strategic Plan 2020 makes provision for an innovative approach in the conduct of our Foreign Policy.

I fully endorse proposals made for us to use digital technologies to advance our cause. Similarly, in a world where we are constantly flooded with all kinds of information, it is important that digital technology is used wisely to promote real communication, in-depth analysis and favorable public perceptions of our diplomacy.

I take this opportunity to remind you that the exigencies of the Foreign Service demands:-
i) Regular reporting as set out by the Executive Head;
ii) Prompt advise in almost real time, to the President, the Minister, SS and Executive Head, DGs and Directors, as the situation may require;
iii) Ethics, professionalism and respect for self, institution and country.

Additionally, in line with the new strategic planning process, it is important that your plans and targets are in sync. We need to move smartly in the same direction.

Furthermore, in the spirit of inclusivity dialogue and pragmatism, I would like to announce today that we are propose the holding of the Ambassadors’ Retreats annually.

This will also ensure that our senior diplomats remain connected to the domestic dynamics which shape our foreign policy from time to time.

In this context, I would be happy to hear from you on the experience you had in the districts last Friday.

Last, but not least, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you once again for the highly appreciated service that you are providing to the Republic, sometimes in the most difficult circumstances. The President, the Republic and the People of Seychelles put their trust in you.

Long live Seychellois Diplomacy!

Merci et Bonne Appétit.

 

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