Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Seychelles President in talks with bilateral partners in margins of Second Blue Economy Summit

Seychelles President in talks with bilateral partners in margins of Second Blue Economy SummitPresident James Michel has returned to Seychelles from his working visit to Abu Dhabi where he attended the Second Blue Economy Summit as well as the World Future Energy Summit of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The following is a round-up of the President’s meetings in the margins of the Blue Economy Summit.

President of Palau
President Michel met with the President of Palau, Mr. Tommy Remengesau, and they discussed ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

President Remengesau said that Palau is following closely Seychelles in terms of Blue Economy strategy and learning from its experiences, especially in the area of marine spatial planning.

President Michel noted that Palau is doing great work to promote Blue Economy.

They spoke about islands’ cooperation in the The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) fora.

They discussed the modalities of the Seychelles ‘Blue Bonds’ initiative, to raise capital to finance projects for boosting the fisheries sector, which will directly impact and assist the local fishing communities.

President Remengesau applauded Seychelles for the successful organisation of the Second Blue Economy Summit.

Also present were the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Didier Dogley, the Seychelles Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Dick Esparon and the Principal Secretary for the Blue Economy, Ms. Rebecca Loustau-Lalanne.

President of Iceland
President James Michel met with the President of Iceland, Dr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who had also attended the first Blue Economy Summit in Abu Dhabi in 2013.

They discussed ways Seychelles and Iceland can share knowledge of fisheries management, processing and product development. Read More...


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