The Seychelles Ambassadors’ Retreat 2019 begins today
Today kick starts the Seychelles Ambassadors’ annual retreat, which was officially launched by Vice President Vincent Meriton, at Maison Quéau de Quinssy.
This year’s retreat themed “Connect & Engage”, taking place on Monday 16 December to Friday 20 December 2019, will take note of the challenges that Seychelles face as an island nation and also present the opportunity through engagements to define national priorities and strategic objectives in shaping the country’s foreign policy.
“The objective of the 2019 retreat is to connect you to capital and to engage you in discussions concerning your functions, achievements, challenges, future plans as well as network with relevant stakeholders” conveyed VP Meriton, in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Seychelles Ambassadors’ Retreat 2019 has the participation of 10 Ambassadors and 1 Chargé d’Affaires (with two of the Ambassadors, namely Ambassador Beryl Samson and High Commissioner Conrad Mederic absent due to important commitments in their jurisdictions). Ambassador Ronny Jumeau who is attending COP25 in Madrid, Spain, will join the rest of his colleagues on Wednesday 18 December 2019.
Those present are: Ambassador Sylvestre Radegonde (the Dean), Ambassador Dick Esparon, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, High Commissioner Selby Pillay, High Commissioner Derick Ally, High Commissioner Marie-Antoinette Rose Quatre, Ambassador David Pierre, Ambassador Jean-Claude Adrienne, Ambassador Lalatiana Accouche, Honorable Ambassador Patrick Victor and Chargé d’Affaires, Ms. Gayathri Pillay.
Today, the Ambassadors had the opportunity to hold meetings with officials from various divisions and units of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). It is a rare occasion that all the DFA staff get to meet all the ambassadors under one roof and hold discussions with regard to their work that have direct relevance to the respective jurisdictions.
The ambassadors will also have a chance to meet with various stakeholders, especially high ranking officials from various government bodies during the course of the retreat.
During the week, they will also be taking part in an audit exercise being carried out by the Department, the purpose of which is to provide an evidence informed assessment of the functioning and performance of Seychelles’ overseas diplomatic missions. In addition to that, this audit will provide an informed basis for future decision making and planning regarding the country’s diplomatic missions.
On the last day of the retreat the ambassadors will as is customary pay a courtesy visit to President Danny Faure and for the first time have a collective meeting with the International Affairs Committee.
The retreat will end on Friday 20 December 2019, with a High Tea at Savoy Resort & Spa, with a closing ceremony by Vice President Meriton.
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