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Seychelles to submit country profile to new African Capacity Development Report

Seychelles to submit country profile to new African Capacity Development Report ( The Minister for Foreign Affairs has today launched the national validation workshop for the Seychelles Country Profile contribution for the very first Africa Capacity Development Report, which he described as a tool that “African leaders have given themselves to promote better governance on the African continent.”

The report, which feeds into the African Union’s New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) as part of its Capacity Development Strategic Framework (CDSF), had to be done on a sector specific to Seychelles. Tourism was the sector in focus, and today the report has been presented to key stakeholders of the sector for review.

“Seychelles is pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to this continental report which has capacity development at the core of its agenda.

“Our focus on the tourism sector in the Seychelles report has no doubt been a wise choice in having an overview on the situation of capacity development in the field of tourism. Highlighting the challenges and opportunities for improvements in this sector will provide meaningful insight into the economy as a whole,” said Minister Jean-Paul Adam.

The report which was completed by Dr. Marie-Therese Purvis, a consultant commissioned by NEPAD, has been concluded with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

During the opening ceremony held at the ICCS, Minister Adam also took the opportunity to hail today’s return of the two Seychellois hostages captured by Somali pirates. He added that, piracy being one of the greatest threats to nation building for Seychelles, remains a constant concern.

“We are better prepared against piracy than ever before - our patrols are wider and more effective, we have mobilized vessel protection detachments for local vessels that need them, we have shown that piracy can be successfully prosecuted, we have started tracking the financiers of piracy, and we have increased our partnerships to tackle piracy at the regional and global level.

“But we know that even if the number of piracy attacks is on the wane, we cannot afford any form of complacency,” Minister Adam said.

On completion of the one-day validation, the Seychelles report will be fed into a larger continental report due to be published next year.


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