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Minister of Foreign Affairs for Seychelles attends opening of new SADC headquarters

Minister of Foreign Affairs for Seychelles attends opening of new SADC headquarters ( The Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, represented President James Michel at the official opening of the SADC headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana, and attended the Extra-Ordinary Summit of SADC heads of state and government.

The opening of the new SADC headquarters marked the culmination of a long process of consultation among the member states and the adoption of a ground-breaking, public-private partnership, which can serve as a model for many regional development organizations. The new SADC Headquarters has been developed by a private sector consortium based in Botswana, but also involving investment from other countries in the region. This model means that the building was constructed cost effectively and provides a flagship location for SADC.

“As a country which has only recently rejoined SADC, the new headquarters is symbolic of the potential that SADC has, and we are pleased to have been able to participate in this momentous occasion. We will also continue to work closely with other member states and with the Secretariat to try and improve the efficiency of SADC programs, as well as to improve the development options of small island states," Minister Adam has stated.

The Extra-Ordinary SADC Summit was an opportunity for heads of state and government to work on several issues of current importance including the ongoing consultations on the processes in Zimbabwe, as well as concern over recent developments in Madagascar.

SADC has aimed to strengthen its efforts to provide options that can be proposed as ways out of the ongoing crisis which has been further complicated by an announced coup by certain members of the military.

Minister Adam has noted the developments with great concern and stated that no effort should be spared in preventing Madagascar's from further decline, which would put the stability of the whole region at risk: “We have seen in too many countries that, as the centers of power splinter, it becomes harder to restore order. We should do everything possible to prevent a continuation of chaos and disorder which is detrimental to the development of our region."

The Seychelles delegation also took the opportunity to have discussions with partners on the ongoing efforts to combat piracy as attacks continue to be reported, undermining the security and trade of the whole region.

Alain St.Ange CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board Email:

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