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ASEAN Secretary General compliments Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria 2014

ASEAN Secretary General compliments Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria 2014 ( Special Envoy of Seychelles for ASEAN, Nico Barito, called on the ASEAN Secretariat on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 for a courtesy visit to the Secretary General Mr. Le Luong Minh to reconfirm the Seychelles Minister of Tourism`s invitation for the ASEAN Secretary General to attend the Carnaval International de Victoria 2014, the carnival that is this year being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal. During the discussions at the visit, Mr. Barito explained to His Excellency Mr. Minh the commitment of small island nations like Seychelles to work on an international tourism network by presenting vibrant cultures of various countries in the presence of the world press. More than 25 countries have confirmed that they will be part of the 2014 edition of the “Carnival of Carnivals” that is staged annually in the Seychelles. This annual event has been the stage for a melting pot of cultures for the diverse participants to perform for international tourism visibility in front of a large bank of international media.

The Secretary General of ASEAN, Mr. Le Luong Minh, complimented the initiative of Seychelles to host the Carnaval International de Victoria, since this is not merely a people`s festival, but an interaction of culture among nations. Mr. Minh will encourage more ASEAN countries to participate in the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles, since the carnival is also a vehicle to bring closer the good friendship between Seychelles, the mainland African nations, and the ASEAN countries. He added that tourism and culture promotion can also promote the people-to-people contacts, such as small- medium-sized businesses and creative economy actors between ASEAN countries and Africa.

Mr. Barito mentioned that Seychelles and Indonesia have initiated the Forum of Small Medium Enterprises of the Africa ASEAN “FORSEAA,” which has been supported by ministers and ambassadors from ASEAN and African countries. The Secretary General of ASEAN is fully supportive to this forum, and he will consider to lead a delegation from ASEAN countries to the Seychelles to meet with counterparts from Africa at an appropriate time in 2014.


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