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Seychelles Encouraged by On-Going Efforts in SADC to Bring More Benefits of Regional Integration to Oceanic States

Seychelles Encouraged by On-Going Efforts in SADC to Bring More Benefits of Regional Integration to Oceanic States

11.03.2013

Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam has represented Seychelles at the ordinary Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Maputo held over the weekend of 8th March.

At the meeting of SADC ministers, debates focussed on the implementation of the SADC action plan for 2013-2014, and on the Regional integration Strategic Development Plan (RISDP).  Minister Adam noted in the meeting that Seychelles was greatly encouraged by efforts to ensure inclusion of island and oceanic states in the infrastructural development of SADC through the provision of specific projects targeting the maritime states.

“SADC needs to be at the forefront of the development of the blue economy, and it is only through investments in maritime networks that we will truly be able to boost trade and development to its full potential in this region,” Minister Adam remarked.

Minister Adam also asked that some of the identified projects be featured in forthcoming SADC conferences targeting potential investors and development partners.

During the meeting, The Minister raised concerns on the political situation in Madagascar as affecting Madagascar’s financial contributions to the organization. Minister Adam also made an appeal for consideration towards the situation of Madagascar after it had been hit by severe rains caused by cyclone Haruna on the 22nd February, as also affecting its ability to honour its payments towards SADC.

Following the withdrawal of the former President Marc Ravalomanana and current President of the Transition, Andry Rajoelina from contesting the elections, efforts are underway to move towards the reintegration of Madagascar within the international community and the eventual lifting of sanctions.

Minister Adam commend the preparation on-going by SADC for the forthcoming SADC-EU meeting on the 20th March 2013 where it is expected to discuss among other things the political and economic situation in the SADC and the EU. Seychelles expressed interest in making use of the SADC Regional Early Warning Centre, and has requested SADC to provide detailed information on how the Regional Warning Centre will function. The Centre is expected to compile Strategic assessment and analysis of data collected at regional level and share information on major issues posing threat to the security and stability of the region and propose ways and means for preventing, combating and managing such threats.

Minister Adam also participated in the deliberations pertaining to the SADC budget, the Audit report of SADC and the SADC Training and Development Policy.

Council also made continuous reference to the importance of the review of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), which is expected to provide strategic direction with respect to SADC programmes and activities, and to align the strategic objectives and priorities of SADC with the policies and strategies for achieving its long-term goals. The review is expected to be finalized in May 2013.

Minister Adam also took the opportunity of the meeting to express the appreciation of Seychelles towards the Mozambique Chairmanship of SADC since August last year for their determination and dynamism.  In his discussion with his counterpart, H.E Minister Oldemiro Baloi, Minister Adam stated that Mozambique has been chairing the organisation at a time when many challenges are evident, but it is clear that Mozambique has been ‘a steady hand on the wheel’.

Minister Adam was accompanied during the meeting by H.E Mr. Claude Morel, Seychelles Ambassador to SADC, who will shortly be taking up his post at the head of the IOC liaison Office in Madagascar.  He was also accompanied by Mr. Kenneth Racombo, Director General for Development and Regional Integration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Annie Dugasse from the Ministry of Finance.

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