Seychelles has made significant progress in promoting the rule of law and good governance, says foreign minister

Minister Radegonde urged participants “to maintain the same vision for Seychelles as we present our perspectives and discuss opportunities for cooperation”. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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The 9th Political Dialogue between Seychelles and the European Union (EU), held on Tuesday, saw the presentation of relevant topics covering a wide range of political, environmental and socio-economic issues.

Allowing for an in-depth dialogue reaffirming mutual interests and values ​​between Seychelles and the EU, the political dialogue also promotes sustainable development and climate action, encourages development cooperation and strengthens strategic partnerships in key priority sectors.

Delegations discussed the areas of economic, financial and social impact of global crises, governance, rule of law, human rights, environment, climate change, economics blue and the partnership agreement in the fisheries sector, peace and stability and cooperation in international forums.

In his opening remarks, the Seychellois Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism and co-chair of the event, Sylvestre Radegonde, said: “Our vision of Seychelles is that of a small island state that is dynamic, dynamic and full of opportunities. infinite, with a diverse economic base and strong resilience to external shocks and climate change”.

“For this dialogue, I would therefore like to invite you all to maintain the same vision for Seychelles as we present our perspectives and discuss opportunities for cooperation,” Radegonde said.

He added that on the national scene, significant progress has been made in promoting the rule of law and principles of good governance, strengthening national legislation and addressing policy gaps, particularly in governance. taxation, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption.

For his part, the EU Ambassador to Seychelles, Vincent Degert, said the dialogue is an opportunity to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the EU and Seychelles.

“It is also an opportunity to discuss how we can continue to work together to overcome the many challenges ahead of us, both in the region and in the wider global context. The EU-Seychelles partnership is clearly strategic. It has grown over the years and allows us to pursue broad and fruitful cooperation in many key areas of mutual interest,” said Degert.

The political dialogue builds on the existing partnership between the EU and its Member States and the Member States of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS),

Held annually, it is organized within the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement which promotes cooperation, trade and political dialogue between the European Union and small island states.

This year’s dialogue included six local ministers and a number of senior government officials. It also brought together ambassadors and representatives from nine EU Member States – Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden – as well as a delegation from the Naval Force of the EU – Operation ATALANTA in Somalia.

Helen D. Jessen