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Seychelles delegation to the 5th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi from January 15-19, 2012

Seychelles delegation to the 5th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi from January 15-19, 2012 ( The Republic of Seychelles is being represented at the 5th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) by a delegation comprised of the Minister for Investment, Natural Resources, and Industry, Mr. Peter Sinon; the Seychelles Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Dick Esparon; the CEO of the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) Mr. Andrew Jean-Louis; and Mr. Tony Imaduwa, Principal Officer for Renewable Energy at the SEC. The theme of this year’s summit is “Powering Sustainable Innovations.”

Among the prominent dignitaries who attended the forum were Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; Mr. Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier; Mr. Kim Hwang-sik, the Prime Minister of South Korea; Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the President of Iceland; the President of the 66th UN General Assembly, Mr. Nasser Abdul Aziz Al Nasser; the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon; and Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE, among others.

In his keynote address, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, took the opportunity to declare 2012 as the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for all.”

Among the special guests to deliver presentations at the opening ceremony was Mr. Bertrand Piccard, initiator and innovator of a project that successfully flew a solar-powered aeroplane through day and night. In his speech, he emphasized that the motivation behind his project was not to revolutionize air transportation, but rather to demonstrate that with the present and available technologies, the sky is the limit as to what could be accomplished. He implored governments to take affirmative action to apply the effective use of clean technology to power a more sustainable future.

Central to the summit, are the discussions and showcasing of various clean and alternative energy technologies that have the potential to replace the current unsustainable reliance on fossil fuel. The latter is the main cause for carbon dioxide emissions and global warning.

As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), the Seychelles has already embarked on the path to embrace renewable energy for its sustainable development. One important initiative to facilitate this process is the formulation and eventual adoption of the new energy legislation. This will allow the private sector to fully participate to produce and supply clean and renewable energy.

The “Port Victoria Wind Power Project” being implemented by Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) is the first major flagship renewable energy project in Seychelles. Its realization strongly substantiates the government’s commitment to building a more sustainable energy future.

In his interaction with representatives of Masdar, the Minster took the opportunity to express his gratitude, on behalf of the government of Seychelles, for the successful collaboration in the aforementioned endeavor. He was reassured by Masdar of further collaboration in the renewable energy field.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St.Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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