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VISITE DU PRÉSIDENT FAURE : Le dossier du thon évoqué ce matin
Le Premier ministre, Pravind Jugnauth, a reconnu ce matin l’importance d’exercer un contrôle sur le stock de thon dans l’océan Indien mais a souligné la nécessité de s’assurer que les décisions prises par la commission thoni...

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President Danny Faure’s State visit to Mauritius - New Cooperation agreements signed

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President Danny Faure’s State visit to Mauritius - New Cooperation agreements signed

Teachers from Mauritius will at the start of next year be recruited to fill the gap in state schools, effort is being stepped up to enroll Mauritian doctors, agricultural products will be imported... Read More
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President Danny Faure’s state visit to Mauritius - Relations, cooperation highlighted during banquet

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:00 pm

President Danny Faure’s state visit to Mauritius - Relations, cooperation highlighted during banquet

28-October-2017
President Faure and Prime Minister Jugnauth proposing a toastThe numerous actions and initiatives Mauritius and Seychelles have carried out together as a result of their fruitful collaborations and strengthened bilateral relations over the past decades, were highlighted by Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and President Danny Faure on Thursday evening.
This was during a banquet dinner the Mauritian PM and his wife Lady Kobita Jugnauth organised at Le Méridien Pointe Aux Piments in honour of President Faure and his delegation as part of a four-day State visit to Mauritius.
A large number of Mauritian and Seychellois dignitaries and diplomats attended the event to witness the two leaders give their commitment to further strengthening ties between them and explore other areas of cooperation. This was through a toast which the two leaders raised.
PM Jugnauth said President Faure’s State visit is testimony of the deep mutual respect and friendship between the two neighbours.
He added that the two countries share the same values, way of life, respect of human rights and the desire to preserve the natural beauty of our two islands.
“The fact that we can communicate in Creole is an example of the strong linguistic and cultural affinity we share,” PM Jugnauth remarked.
PM Jugnauth said he still cherishes some memories of a visit he made to Seychelles in 2011 to attend the 9th Mauritius-Seychelles Joint Commission in his capacity as Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Economy.
“During that visit a double taxation avoidance agreement was signed between our two countries and today I am pleased to say that since then many Mauritian families and financial services centres have established in Seychelles and there is a fruitful collaboration between our regulatory institutions in this sector,” PM Jugnauth said.
He went on to commend President Faure for his leadership qualities, highlighting the different positions he had occupied leading to his assuming the higher office of president noting that this is a marked sign of continuity in development for Seychelles as well as the region.
He also applauded Seychelles for its remarkable role and numerous initiatives for environmental and marine conservation protection and promotion, noting that Mauritius has much to gain from Seychelles’ experience in this area.
With regard to bilateral relations between the two countries, PM Jugnauth said these have witnessed a steady qualitative and quantitative enhancement over the past few years noting that the Mauritius-Seychelles Joint Commission Bilateral Cooperation is paving the way for stronger and closer cooperation in a broad range of areas, namely health, tourism and agriculture.
PM Jugnauth also talked about the common challenges Mauritius, Seychelles and all neighbouring countries in the region are facing even though they are all yearning to have a peaceful and conducive environment for development. These include among others drug trafficking, transnational crimes, piracy, illegal fishing
The Mauritian PM noted that the fight against drug trafficking is one that Seychelles and Mauritius should strengthen their efforts to find common solutions to efficiently deal with.
Additionally PM Jugnauth noted the worrying trend of piracy gradual re-emergence in the region and pointed out that the active involvement of Seychelles during its chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia testifies its commitment to promoting maritime security, something he says will continue to grow from the experience of Seychelles as Mauritius assumes the chairmanship of the group in January next year.
He went on to add that this will be another opportunity for the two sister countries to work together and further strengthen ties between them.
PM Jugnauth also commended the way our two countries are working together and have agreed to jointly manage the continental shelf of the Mascareignes Plateau.
“We will continue to work together to ensure the long term prospects of our fishing industries as we reiterated during the last session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission in Indonesia this year,” PM Jugnauth pointed out.
On the continent level, PM Jugnauth said an economic transformation agenda is being worked on to bring together leaders and other key stakeholders from the continent for which he has extended an invitation to President Faure to take part in a related forthcoming meeting early next year.
PM Jugnauth also applauded and welcomed the fact that the two countries are able to work in solidarity to make their voices heard and defend their common interests in international fora like the United Nations.
President Faure, on his part, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the “warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended to him and his delegation” and commended the excellent diplomatic relations the two countries have shared during the past three decades.
“Our two nations continue to share a special bond built on our affinity and common heritage as sister island nations,” President Faure said, noting that the same vibrant culture, language and history place even greater emphasis on our vision for a shared future together and our place in the world as island neighbours in the Indian Ocean.
“Our natural affinity is also reflected in the values we have in common, in the ocean that unites us, our joint dedication to advancing the cause of small island developing states, a shared vision for development of our countries and region, a development that is solid, lasting and sustainable,” he said, affirming his engagement to work with Mauritius to preserve and foster this unbreakable link of friendship.
He went on to congratulate PM Jugnauth and Mauritius for being ranked as the most competitive economy in sub-Saharan Africa noting that “this is linked to your country’s economic growth, innovative potential, and an all-encompassing vision”.
“We recognise your country’s great achievements which are an inspiration to the region and the world. We thank you for taking your country and our partnership to new heights,” President Faure said, expressing the hope that Mauritius will benefit from his leadership for years to come.
President Faure noted that Seychelles greatly values its friendship with Mauritius and he commended the steady partnership that the two countries have in different sectors like education, tourism, health, capacity-building, culture…and highlighted the fact that they have recently extended their cooperation in other areas such as security and financial services.

He pointed out that even though challenging issues like climate change, transnational crimes and others continue to impact on the two countries’ different communities, their commitment to sustainable development is unwavering.
With regard to economic developments President Faure said the two countries are harnessing societal links to strengthen business ties.
“We are committed to continue working together towards forging a more comprehensive economic and commercial relationship which drives economic growth and prosperity for our two nations. We need to promote stronger business ties in trade and investment and expanding business opportunities. The expansion of maritime and air links has a critical role to play in this regard,” he added.
The president pointed out that the two countries welcome the initiatives taken by the private sector of our two countries to create even stronger frameworks for expanding our economic prosperity.
They also welcomed the links established between the civil society bodies of our two countries as well as city to city relations which include the sharing of best practices in service delivery and development, capacity-building and education.
“I am pleased that we are opening doors for each other today in new and meaningful ways,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Faure and his delegation had a busy schedule yesterday holding bilateral talks with PM Jugnauth and his delegation.
Following their discussions the two leaders exchanged gifts and President Faure signed the visitors’ book.
President Faure was also received by the Minister for Arts and Culture Prithvirajsing Roopun and the Minister for Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research Leela Dev Dookun-Luchoomun for a visit of the Aapravasi Ghat world heritage site in Port Louis.
Aapravasi Ghat is a ruined building complex located in Port Louis, the site of the first British colony to receive indentured or contracted, labour workforce from India. From 1849 to 1923, half a million Indian indentured labourers passed through the complex before being transported to plantations throughout the British Empire.
Leaving the Aapravasi Ghat, President Faure visited the Indian Ocean Commission headquarters at Ebène where he was received by the secretary general, Hamada Madi Bolero.
Following the short visit during which he interacted with staff, President Faure was the guest of honour at a lunch hosted by his Mauritian counterpart Ameenah Gurib-Fakhim at State House in Le Réduit.

Text: Marie-Anne Lepathy in Mauritius
Photos: Mervin Marie

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Re: President Faure’s first 100 days in office

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:50 pm

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Post  Sirop14 on Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:03 pm

President Faure ends State visit to Mauritius

30-October-2017
• Seen off by PM Jugnauth, Mauritian dignitaries

President Danny Faure returned to Seychelles yesterday evening after a four-day State visit to Mauritius.
President Faure was seen off at the airport by PM Pravind Jugnauth and his wife Lady Kobita, members of the Mauritian government and other dignitaries.
The working sessions and discussions the President and his delegation have had with their Mauritian counterpart have been described as fruitful and successful by the principal secretary for Foreign Affairs Michelle Murray who said it has accomplished the mission and target set.
“The working sessions and discussions the two sides have had have been fruitful and have resulted in tangible results for the people of Seychelles,” PS Murray said highlighting the decisions that have been formalised through the five different agreements the two governments signed.
She noted that with the signing of the different agreements many doors have opened for things to start moving quickly.
“It now remains for the different institutions and agencies concerned to start engaging with their Mauritian counterparts to start the different procedures for action,” Ms Murray said.
On Friday afternoon of the second day of his 1st State visit to Mauritius, President Faure received individually and held talks with other key Mauritian personalities and these include the Chief Justice Keshoe Parsad Matadeen, the Speaker of the National Assembly Santi Bai Hanoomanjee and the leader of the opposition Gaëtan Xavier Luc Duval.
Deputy speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles Nicholas Prea, also elected MP for Bel Ombre, and Parti Lepep member Basil Hoareau attended the meeting with Speaker Hanoomanjee.
“It was an honour for us to have met Mrs Hanoomanjee and share our experience and discuss parliamentary issues,” Mr Prea said afterwards.
“What came out clearly is that parliamentary deliberations in Mauritius are not as smooth and civilised as ours and recently for instance the leader of the opposition was thrown out and suspended for two sittings for disrespect,” Mr Prea said.
He also pointed out that it was an opportunity for them to discuss numerous issues of importance which will be formalised in a memorandum of understanding between the two parliaments in the near future.
Finding ways to give new dynamism to the Indian Ocean Parliamentary Association is an issue which Mrs Hanoomanjee and Mr Prea have agreed to discuss further with their parliament and hopefully address with all the other speakers of the region on the sideline of the Commonwealth Speakers Conference in January next year.
How the Mauritian and Seychelles Parliaments could work together to have more exchanges between them was also discussed.
“The aim is to share experience and best practices for instance on committee work and how the two parliaments’ committees function, explore ways to bring members of the two parliaments closer together so they can learn from each other,” Mr Prea pointed out.
During the visit bilateral relations and cooperation between Seychelles and Mauritius were further highlighted during different informal gatherings hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Seetanah Luchmeenaridoo, the Minister for Tourism Anil Kumarsingh Gayan and lastly by the Deputy PM Ivan Leslie Colendavelloo.

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President Faure meets Seychellois students, visits entrepreneur school, Unesco site

30-October-2017
A group of Seychellois students studying at different universities in Mauritius gathered at the Fock Diack Hall on Saturday afternoon to meet President Danny Faure and his delegation on State visit to Mauritius.
Guy Fock, Seychelles’ honorary consul in Mauritius, organised the reception and invited the students.
Mr Fock retraced his business collaboration with Seychelles since the 1970s and applauded the positive and continued development of cooperation in new areas between the two close neighbours.
“The visit of President Faure, accompanied by a strong delegation, shows the desire and willingness of the Seychelles government to ensure more collaboration between the two countries.
He said Seychelles has a great future investing in its young people and the reception was to encourage interactions between the President and his delegation with the students.
Thanking Mr Fock and his family for the initiative, President Faure again commended the long standing friendship between Mauritius and Seychelles.
“My visit is a symbol of our friendship and marks a new phase in our collaboration,” President Faure pointed out.
Addressing the students and other Seychellois present he reminded them that they are the future of our country and called on them to remain focused in their studies to achieve good results to come back and give a helping hand in the economic development of their country.
He reminded them that studying away from home means making a lot of sacrifices but noted that they are not only studying for themselves but for their families and their country.
“I was a student and I know it is not easy but you have to take your studies seriously and become the well trained cadres that our country really needs,” he told the students, calling on them to continue to raise Seychelles flag high always.
He also had words of encouragement for all the Seychellois working in Mauritius.
While they are happy with and eager to complete their studies and equally very happy to meet President Faure, many of the students expressed disappointment that they were not able to have time to air some of their concerns to the President and the Minister for Family Affairs Jeanne Simeon.
“We were hoping to be able to tell the President about our concerns but the interactions were short,” Davis Mathiot, who is studying for a BSc in public relations and advertising at Middlesex University lamented.
“We are striving to achieve good results as this is the aim of all of us but we have several issues relating to housing rent which is very high here and if we want to achieve good results we need to be safe and finding somewhere safe to live is very expensive and we find it very difficult to cope financially. Above that we have to spend 48 Seychelles rupees everyday to travel to and from university and not to forget the cost of living which has risen considerably here. We have utilities and food costs as well,” he said.
Other students who wanted to remain anonymous nodded in agreement.
Marie -France Barra, a mother of two who has left her family back home to pursue her studies for an MSc in Business Information also at Middlesex University, said they have to share rent costs but even doing this is not of much help and there are times that their stipends are late.
Another student said it would be good for the ANHRD and other authorities to look seriously into the matter as not all students studying abroad are having a good life because the cost of living vary from country to country.
“We call for the ministries and agencies concerned to come over and see for themselves how we are really fending,” she said.
Meanwhile young entrepreneurs, students developing their skills in creating Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality content for industry and education in architecture, multimedia design, phone applications and product visualisation, game creation at the Mauritian Entrepreneur School were able to demonstrate their abilities to President Danny Faure when he visited on Saturday morning.
On the last day of his State visit to Mauritius on Saturday morning President Danny Faure and his delegation visited the EON Reality Mauritius Regional Headquarters and the Entrepreneur School at Ebene Cyber City. He was accompanied on a tour of the headquarters and the school by EON chief executive, Prakash Padaruth, as well as other key personnel of the institution.
EON Reality is a multinational virtual reality and augmented reality software developer headquartered in Irvine, California which established a regional headquarters in Mauritius in 2015.
President Faure and his delegation first followed a presentation on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and the different training the school offers and the different programmes the young people work on and how the different applications developed can boost education in different fields.
President Faure expressed his amazement and described this development as a real breakthrough in education, something which Seychelles could start venturing into.
Having worked in education President Faure said applications that can boost education development is a powerful tool that students cannot be denied.
After the presentations President Faure toured the facilities being put in place to develop a virtual aquarium and watched project developments and underwater life through 3D glasses.
Leaving the Cyber City President Faure visited another important Unesco World Heritage Site, Le Morne Cultural Landscape, in the south of the island.
Situated at the bottom of the Le Morne Brabant, the highest mountain on the island, Le Morne Cultural Landscape has a series of monuments to the slaves at its base.
It is the door of liberty and a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering, and their sacrifices.
It was declared a Unesco heritage site in 2008. In the early 19th century the Le Morne Mountain was a refuge for runaway slaves who did not want to be recaptured by their masters but preferred to die throwing themselves from the mountain down on the rocks.
President Faure laid a wreath at the main monument to the slaves after receiving detailed explanations on each of the other smaller monuments.

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President Faure visits public sector offices

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:12 pm

President Faure visits public sector offices

11-November-2017


President Danny Faure yesterday visited the office of the Ombudsman, the Constitutional Appointments Authority and the Public Service Appeals Board.
These were the first three workplaces and institutions visited by the President in a series of visits in the public sector.
The President and his delegation were welcomed by Nichole Tirant-Ghérardi who was appointed as the new Ombudsman in March 2017.
She said the visit was reassuring as the President gave his engagement of the full executive support from the President’s Office.
“He informed us that he has established a unit in the President’s Office headed by Mr Afif which will support and help enforce the Ombudsman authority,” she said.
The office of the Ombudsman has received over 150 complaints in the past 8 months and the majority of complaints are victimisation in relation to land distribution among other areas.
She said she has been very busy meeting individuals who have various complaints and grievances.
“I have tried my best to receive everyone and hear them out, and I have been busy with all the ministries, departments and parastatals,” she said.
Mrs Tirant-Ghérardi said the biggest challenge she faces is the limited capacity to treat all of the dossiers she has with only two staff members.
“Physical capacity is needed to treat all these dossiers,” she said.
She also noted that there is a lack of resources to enable in-depth investigation.
The second institution visited was the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) which is chaired by Michel Felix, who was also appointed earlier this year.
Mr Felix told the President the various issues they face such as the cramped space in which they work, the lack of toilet facilities and only one exit is available at the office.
“We discussed the possibility to change the location of our office and we informed him of a space we have already chosen out and the President said he would look into it,” he said.
At the moment CAA is advertising the posts which have been approved by the National Assembly, a chairman for the Seychelles Media Commission (SMC) and a chairman and vice-chair for the National Information Services Agency (Nisa).
He said not much else is interfering with their daily work except for a case which has been brought to court against the CAA and they are letting it take its course.
Also present were the other board members.
At the Public Service Appeals Board (PSAB) the President met the chairman, John Renaud, and two board members -- George Gill and Amedeé Rose.
One board member is elected by the opposition and the other by the government, and these two members elect the chairman.
The PSAB which was formed under the Constitution in 1993 hears and determines appeals brought by government officers or public service officers.
For the year 2017 alone, they have received 94 cases to date.
Mr Renaud said majority of the cases are against the system and they work on a straight line.
“We do not owe any responsibility to the government, we do not take instructions from the government and it is the first time that a high government official visits our office,” he said.
In terms of accountability, every year a report is drafted and sent to the National Assembly.
The board even has the power to bring forth a case into the National Assembly as a motion to be debated on.
He explained to the President how they have been able to help the civil service to understand how to exercise disciplinary actions against employees.
“Over the past 23 years we have never received a case against the board, which comes to show the work we have been doing,” he said.
He also expressed that the Ombudsman does not deal with employees cases in the civil service.
The accompanying photos show the President during his visits to the three institutions.

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Prezidan Faure i vizit kordgard ek stasyon tenny dife lo Praslin

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Prezidan Faure i vizit kordgard ek stasyon tenny dife lo Praslin

18-November-2017

Prezidan Danny Faure ti yer vizit kordgard Grand Anse ek Baie Ste Anne Prasloin ensi ki stasyon tenny dife lo zil Eve.
Pour akonpanny li lo sa vizit ti Minis pour Zafer Entern Macsuzy Mondon, Prokirer Zeneral Frank Ally, Komisyonner Lapolis Kishnan Labonte, son depite Romano Songor ek lezot zofisye konsernen.

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President Danny Faure’s fourth live press conference

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President Danny Faure’s fourth live press conference

24-November-2017

Value your staff’
Work organisations need to value their staff and establish a communication line, and at the same time all workers should not cross the red line which means … trouble!
President Danny Faure said this in his fourth and last live press conference for this year yesterday at State House.
“All heads of organisations and agencies should make time to listen to their staff, give them the opportunity to express themselves, take them seriously. Politicians, on their part, should be realistic in their approach. For example, a 19-year-old lady came to me asking for a house and I had to explain to her why at such a young age she should wait a bit longer. I also told her that people who are older than her are still on the waiting list,” said President Faure.

Good governance … Don’t cross the red line

Using the analogy of referees distributing yellow and red cards in football matches for different offences by the players, President Faure said decision-makers and people entrusted with important responsibilities should not cross what he has termed the “red line”.
“Accountability, good governance and transparency are the three principles we all have to abide by. If decision-makers and people entrusted with important responsibilities don’t respect their principles, they are crossing the red line and this means trouble. As a result no one should cry out saying they are being victimised. If you want to make a lot of money you should not work in the public sector but in the private. And even the private sector has its golden rules. No one is allowed to pocket money which does not belong to him or her. As a result, you cannot continue to work for this organisation. There should be discipline in all sectors for the country to run properly. When a person leaves or is asked to leave a job, there are three others waiting in line to take up the post,” added President Faure.

Closing down the army
Asked for his reaction on the comment made by the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Wavel Ramkalawan, regarding closing down the army, President Faure responded: “Article 162 of the Constitution states that there shall be an army.”
He added that he took Mr Ramkalawan’s suggestion in a way as to reduce the size of the army, noting that the defence council had already started working on re-organising the defence forces.

Not satisfied with Mo Ibrahim Index

Although Seychelles has climbed from fourth in 2016 to second behind Mauritius this year in the Ibrahim Index of Africa Governance, President Faure is not satisfied with the ranking.
“I am not satisfied with the ranking. Seychelles should be ranked first and can be ranked first. It’s true we have made a lot of progress but it does not reflect the true worth of the country. We need to take the bull by the horn and work towards making Seychelles the number one country in Africa and even compete with and beat some European countries. We can do it,” he said.

Chief executives’ ability to manage people and their organisations

President Faure explained that chief executives and other organisations’ heads who have studied management don’t have problems managing their organisations.
“But sometimes, we have people who are appointed chief executives and they don’t have management skills. These people should be ready to follow training and heed advice. They need to work as a team to understand what they should be doing in different circumstances,” said the president.

Security in the country
Following a hike in the number of crimes in 2015, the number dropped in 2016 but picked up again as of June 2017 and President Faure has said this is linked to the drug issue.
“Crime is linked to the drug issue and people need more money to buy drugs. Recent reports show that the number of reported cases has dropped at the Central Police Station and this is because the station is functioning. The police needs more money and more men. I have met the new Commissioner of Police (Kishnan Labonte) together with the new Attorney General (Frank Ally) and the Designated Minister (Macsuzy Mondon) and we have discussed that some laws need to be amended. These laws will be tabled before the National Assembly in February next year.
“I also met members of the Crime Watch and they have expressed that they remain anonymous when they give information to the police. This is important as we need to give police commissioner Labonte and his team all our support as the police needs a makeover.
On the other hand, we must make sure that we don’t cry out about abusing human rights when the police track down suspects. Stealing is not a profession,” said President Faure.
Seychelles NATION will come back on other points the president spoke about during yesterday’s press conference in another issue.

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President reaffirms support for public enterprises

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:57 pm

President reaffirms support for public enterprises

25-November-2017

President Danny Faure has reaffirmed his support for public organisations during his visit yesterday morning to four institutions. These were at the Office of the Advisory Committee on the Power of Pardon at Unity House, the Office of the Auditor General also at Unity House, the Electoral Commission’s office at Aarti Chambers and Anti-Corruption Commission office at Victoria House.
At all these different places the president was guided on a tour of the offices and was introduced to and interacted with members of staff.
“I want to congratulate you on the work you are doing and I thank you for that,” said President Faure to each organisation.
The Advisory Committee on the Power of Pardon is a constitutional appointment committee which considers convicts or parents of convicts request for pardon by the president. The committee meets on demand, seeks information on that request from the Probationary Services so the service can meet these convicts, interview them, check on their behaviour from the prison authority, check on arrangements made at home to accommodate if the person is released. For some years now Probation has been talking to victims also. A copy of the court judgment is also provided so the committee can be informed on the offence background. When all data are there, the committee uses its criteria under its laws and procedures to recommend a case to the President of the Republic if they agree on a merit of pardon for the offender – whether in favour of a pardon or not.
“We have given an update on the procedures and cases to the president. He is now more aware of the amount of work that goes into the preparation of a dossier before it reaches his office,” said the committee’s chairperson Linda William Melanie.
The visit was also a chance for the Auditor General’s office to officially launch its new logo in the presence of President Danny Faure.
“We briefed the president on our work which he appreciated a lot. We also discussed training needs, staff and backlog of cases and he expressed his support for the work we are doing which he said is important for the country and its democracy. And that such work brings more transparency, accountability and good governance,” said Auditor General Gamini Herath.
President Faure was also informed on the latest development at the Anti-Corruption Commission. He got the chance to assist a presentation on awareness and education the commission is undertaking and was entertained by a poem on anti-corruption by a staff member.
“We really appreciated the president’s visit where he showcased the importance of the commission. We updated him on the cases we are working on as we are very much criticised that we are not doing our work. We are doing lots of work in the background where our investigators are gathering cases. We explained to him capacity problems we are encountering. And as our budget will soon be in the National Assembly we are making sure we get this support and that he understands and sees the volume of work we are doing, and there are a lot,” said the commission’s chief executive May de Silva.
At the Electoral Commission’s office, chairman Hendrick Gappy said he informed the president of part of the electoral reform the commission has submitted and they are about to submit the larger part to him.
“The reform submitted mostly consists of recommendations made by all political parties and stakeholders. We also touched on our registration system and on the possibility of the commission to have a building of its own,” said Mr Gappy, adding that during election period they have to go to the National Library.
He hopes his office will be accommodated in the proposed Constitutional House which will also accommodate other constitutional authorities.

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Post  Sirop14 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:14 pm

President Danny Faure’s fourth live press conference

25-November-2017


‘I will finish my mandate’

Just over one year since he took over from James Michel as president, Danny Faure has once again said he wants to complete his mandate.
“Let me finish my mandate,” he told journalists during Thursday night’s fourth and last live press conference for the year.
Affirming that his calendar for next year is already complete, President Faure said: “I will honour my engagement and finish my mandate. I will work for the benefit of Seychelles. Some people want me to step down as president but let me assure them that whoever takes the post will not have a magic wand to solve all the problems we are facing. The work of a president is an enormous task. We need to build alliance and this is a golden opportunity for us to work together. I welcome critics as they help me to grow as a person and I will never do wrong to anyone,” said President Faure.

Air Seychelles’ future

As Air Seychelles’ partner Etihad Airways is also losing money, President Faure has spoken about a possible change of model for the local airline, adding that he does not foresee any problems for the staff for the upcoming three months.
Since the country adopted an open sky policy which is here to stay, Air Seychelles has been losing ground on other bigger airlines and the return of British Airways next year is making it even worse.
President Faure explained that “although Seychelles has been welcoming more tourists thanks to the increase in airlines coming to the country, this represents a real challenge for Air Seychelles. On December 10, Air Seychelles will meet with its partner Etihad Airways to study all options and discuss the way forward. I am confident that the Etihad board will take an important decision during their meeting. A change of model may be one of the options as we are living in a time of great competition. As long as the partnership with Etihad Airways stands, Air Seychelles will still be flying”.
The president also explained that Air Seychelles made some strategic mistakes lately by flying to Dusseldorf (Germany) and Durban (South Africa).
“I hope Air Seychelles has learned its lessons as there are consequences for all mistakes,” insisted President Faure who also pointed out that Seychellois who decide to join an aviation company should understand that this is a risky sector as competition is rife.
The president also pointed out that the next five years will be very good for the tourism sector and it is important for everyone to understand that tourism is our bread and butter.

No redundancy at STC

There won’t be any redundancy at the Seychelles Trading Company (STC) although the company has to revisit its mission.
The president explained that when he was the finance minister he was involved in restructuring the old Seychelles Marketing Board (SMB) to become the STB and at that time there were 300 workers.
“Now STC has 750 staff. All organisations have to bear in mind its size in relation to its mandate. STC’s role is to assure food security in the country, especially now with the many changes happening in the world. Therefore, Seychelles needs an organisation that is controlled by the government to act as a buffer,” said the president.

Respecting the professionals

Making reference to instances where members of the National Assembly have been tough on some Seychellois professionals and even asked them to resign, President Faure said “professionals deserve more respect”.
“We are a small country and cannot afford to lose professionals,” said the president who confirmed that he has not received any resignation letter from both secretary of state for foreign affairs Claude Morel and foreign affairs principal secretary Michelle Murray and that they are both working.
As for the foreign service allowance given to ambassadors, this is still being discussed and the president also explained that the workers who have left the foreign affairs department as a result of the internal changes have chosen the wrong forum to put forward their concerns.

Ill-discipline in schools

Talking about the issue of ill-discipline in schools, President Faure said “what is happening in schools is a reflection of what is happening at home”.
“We need to boost up the level of discipline in the country as a whole,” said the president who added that with the right programmes young people in Seychelles can be productive and stay away from trouble,” he said.
He even explained that putting children outside the classrooms will only help to make them roam the streets and become bandits.
The president has also asked all children to take their studies seriously, telling them that “they should not expect to gain something if they don’t work hard for it”.
He once again called on parents to take their responsibilities and not to tolerate any ill-discipline on the part of their children as it is their own children who will force them out of their own homes in the future.

Cost of living and workers’ welfare

When he touched on the cost of living and the workers’ welfare, President Faure said 54% of the labour force is expected to benefit with the new progressive income tax system and the 13th month salary.
And although several measures have been introduced but have not helped to lower the existing high cost of living, President Faure said the Central Bank of Seychelles has also done its part by loosening the monetary policy for more flexibility and he used the platform on Thursday night to call on banks, especially government-owned banks, to do more to help reduce the cost of living in the country.
The president also pointed out that the government has noticed an increase in consumption, meaning money is being lent for consumption purposes and that puts direct pressure on exchange rate.
“This has a direct impact on prices of goods and the cost of living. People need to invest more in assets and venture into business in the production sector,” said the president.

Exercising democratic and civil rights

After nurses, teachers and ordinary citizens marched peacefully onto Victoria to make known their concerns, President Faure said that Seychellois are today exercising their democratic and civil rights through peaceful protests.
“This is democracy in action and I will not interfere with that. However, I will only interfere if it disrupts the peace and safety of the country. Meanwhile, we should not develop a habit of taking to the streets to resolve all of our issues but we should instead explore all internal mechanisms to find solutions to our problems,” he said.
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=256698

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Changes in Appointments of Chief Executives

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:48 pm

Changes in Appointments of Chief Executives

Fri, 01 December 2017

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President Danny Faure has today announced changes in certain Chief Executive appointments, and some restructuring, which all take effect from 1st January 2018, except where otherwise specified.

Chief Executive appointments not listed below remain unchanged.

President's Office

Mrs Yvonia Richardson will be the Principal Secretary for Administration in the Office of the President.


Vice-President's Office

Ms Rebecca Loustau Lalanne will be the Principal Secretary in the Office of the Vice‑President.
Mr Michael Nalletamby will be the Principal Secretary for Investment.


Office of the Designated Minister

The Office of the Secretary of State for Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation, Dr Patrick Heremine, will fall under the Designated Minister.
Mrs Marina Confait will be the Principal Secretary in the Office of the Designated Minister.


Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development

Dr Odile de Comarmond will be the Principal Secretary for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education.
Dr Linda Barallon will be the Principal Secretary for Higher Education and Human Resource Development.


Ministry of Habitat, Infrastructure & Land Transport

Mr Denis Barbe will be the Principal Secretary for Housing.
Mr Ravi Valmont will the Principal Secretary for Lands.


Ministry of Family Affairs

The Office of the Secretary of State for Poverty Alleviation, Mr Dick Esparon, will fall under the Minister of Family Affairs.


Ministry of Employment, Immigration & Civil Status

Mr Alain Volcere will be the Principal Secretary for Immigration & Civil Status.


Ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture

Mr Jude Talma will be the Principal Secretary for Fisheries from 1st February 2018.



Seychelles Investment Board

Ms Cindy Vidot will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Investment Board.


Road Transport Commissioner

Mr Desire Payet will be the Road Transport Commissioner.


Industrial Estates Authority

Ms Lucy Athanasius will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Industrial Estates Authority.


Please see below photo gallery link to official photos of appointees:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KryBnCK1eMiwEwA2TokuCd3COdJ4dNei

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http://www.statehouse.gov.sc/news.php?news_id=3736

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Re: President Faure’s first 100 days in office

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:34 pm

Joanna Nicette is a highly frustrated woman
December 02, 2017
The lady editor of Lavwa Lalyans is frustrated to the point of insanity. During the live press interview at State House last week the lady made an attack on President Faure that was totally uncalled for, considering that she is the editor of a newspaper that is the mouthpiece of Patrick Pillay of Lalyans Seselwa.

The lady editor told President Faure that he speaks as if he has just joined the government, when in actual fact he had been minister, vice-president and now president – insinuating that Faure should get the hell out of State House.


We are not in the business of defending Danny Faure, however, if Aunty Joanna would want to apply this formulae to the President, she must be mindful of the fact that she represent a political party and she is a former editor of ‘The People’ newspaper that have contributed to our present circumstances. In that case whatever rule she wants to apply on Danny Faure now must also be applied to her, Patrick Pillay, Simone De Comarmond, Noellie Alexander, Clifford Andre, Ahmed Afif, Terence Mondon and many others…

So you see Mrs. J you must start thinking first before you open your oversized gob again as not to embarrass your organization, your colleagues and above all else your pitiful little self. Have you never heard of the saying that “when you live in a glass house you don’t talk shit?”

This advice is for free, for nothing from a colleague…... now go smoke some pot to calm you down.

Independent
http://seychellesrealitytoday.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/joanna-nicette-is-highly-frustrated.html

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Re: President Faure’s first 100 days in office

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:19 pm

President Faure stops over at Air Force, Anse Royale hospital and CBS

02-December-2017

President Danny Faure continued his series of visits to various institutions yesterday at the Seychelles Air Force, Anse Royale hospital and the Central Bank of Seychelles.
The President arrived at the first venue, the Seychelles Air Force (SAF) Air Wing located near the International Airport at Pointe Laure, early yesterday morning accompanied by members of his delegation.
It is the first time that the President ‒ also the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces ‒ visits a military base since entering office.
At the Air Wing, President Faure received a presidential salute from the guard of honour led by Second Lieutenant Stan Tomking and was greeted by SAF Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Pouponneau and the Chief of Defence Forces, Brigadier Leopold Payet and Lance Corporal Norris Souris.
Aside from a presentation on SAF and an exchange with the heads of military, the President met some of the 60 or so military and civilian personnel at the base and inspected SAF’s current inventory of aircraft.
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Re: President Faure’s first 100 days in office

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:59 pm

Cabinet holds extra ordinary meeting

11-December-2017
President Danny Faure on Saturday chaired an extra ordinary meeting of the Cabinet which discussed a number of legal and policy memoranda.
Cabinet approved proposals to amend the Seychelles Pension Fund Act aimed at modernising the law and giving guidance on the functions and appointment of the Board; policy on investment, record keeping and audits. The amendments would also allow members of the Seychelles Pension Fund greater flexibility to retire at any age after 60.
Upon the death of a member who has a medically certified dependent who cannot work, provision would be made to allow the dependent to access 40% of the member’s or the surviving spouse pension. It would allow for a backdate of pension where this is claimed within a year of the pension becoming due.
Members who are certified as terminally ill may opt for a full refund of contributions made.
In the case of surviving spouses, the years of cohabitation to qualify for the surviving spouse pension will be increased from 3 to 7 years.
Upon reaching the age of 55, members would be able to access their voluntary contributions in accordance with regulations.
Cabinet approved policies relating to the Progressive Income Tax Law. The aim of those policies are to simplify income tax collection.
Cabinet also approved the amendment to the Excise Tax Bill. The amendments would harmonise the categories of business and persons entitled to fuel concessions under the Excise Tax Act 2009.
Cabinet also approved amendments to the Seychelles Revenue Commission Act to allow for the renaming of the posts of Revenue Commissioner and Deputy Revenue Commissioner to Commissioner General and Deputy Commissioner General. The amendments would also allow for the creation of a Revenue Commission Board to which the Commissioner General would report.
Cabinet approved the review of the Customs Management Bill to change the post title of Assistant Commissioner of Customs to Commissioner for Customs. This amendment is in line with the review of the Seychelles Revenue Commission Act.
Cabinet approved for the development of a special housing scheme for Seychellois working for long periods on outer islands.

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