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Joint Press Communiqué Issues following an official visit by Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, from 17th-19th March, 2014 at the invitation of Ambassador, Amina C. Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs an

20.03.2014

  1. At the invitation of Hon. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya, H.E. Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles undertook a three-day official visit to Kenya. The Minister’s delegation included Amb. Joseph NOURRICE, Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles with Residence in Ethiopia; Mr. Marco FRANCIS, Chairperson of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Terry ROSE, Third Secretary, International Relations Division, Africa and Indian Ocean Desk; and Eng. Jude LOVEDAY, Honorary Consulate General of Seychelles.

2.  The two Ministers held bilateral talks on the following areas of mutual interest and concern to the two countries:

 

i). Trade

The two Ministers noted the current trade trends between the two countries and proposed diversification of trade products and value addition as key proponents towards increase of trade volumes and boosting intra-African trade.

 

The two Ministers also pledged to work with the private sector to boost both the air and maritime connectivity between the two countries as a facilitator of trade links.

 

ii). Tourism

The Tourism sector was identified as an area with enormous potential for cooperation.  In this regard, the two Ministers proposed that there be consultations at the sectoral level to identify concrete areas of cooperation, and looked forward to concluding an Agreement in this sector.

 

The Ministers also expressed support for the principle of developing an African Tourism Strategy following the African Ministers of Tourism meeting which took place on the 14th March, 2014 in the Seychelles.

iii). Blue Economy

The two Ministers noted that the ocean represents a huge opportunity for the two countries. They underscored the desire of both countries to develop joint ventures and explore avenues to make better use of resources under the Blue Economy.

 

iv). Cultural Exchange

In order to increase linkages between the peoples of both countries, the Ministers proposed that the relevant authorities consult on ways of implementing the proposed youth and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

 

One of the other areas explored in enhancing people-to-people relations was the possibility of deployment of both skilled and non-skilled personnel from Kenya to Seychelles.

v). Piracy

Acknowledging the threat posed by Piracy to economic development and security of the two countries and the entire region, the two countries agreed to enhance collaboration to curb this menace. The two Ministers agreed to pave way for the Ministries responsible to work out concrete mechanisms towards actualization of this cooperation. It was noted that agreements with third parties on Piracy should take into consideration the bilateral arrangements between the two countries.

vi). Regional Peace and Security

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles indicated his Government’s support of the efforts by Kenya to stabilize Somalia and restore calm in South Sudan.

1. At the conclusion of the bilateral talks the following agreements were signed:

2    i.         MOU on Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  the Republic of Kenya and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

ii.         Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation

3 The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles also held meetings with various Cabinet Secretaries including Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Defence, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, EAC, Commerce and Tourism and Mr. Henry Rotich, the National Treasury.

4 As part of the programme for the visit, H.E. the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Seychelles visited various places of interest.

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