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Social Renaissance meeting with the Seychelles Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Social Renaissance meeting with the Seychelles Ministry of Culture and Tourism ( In a meeting held on February15 at the National Cultural Centre, 50 senior staff of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, including the Minister, Mr. Alain St.Ange, was presented with details of the National Plan of Action on Social Renaissance and the Ministry’s contribution in ensuring the success of the plan.

Also present was then Seychelles Designated Minister, Mr. Vincent Meriton, Chairman of the Social Renaissance Steering Committee, who stressed on the need for a collaborative partnership between all concerned so that challenges can be addressed in a more comprehensive manner. He reminded everyone that the successful implementation of the plan demands a national effort.

Among the pertinent issues discussed were:

- The role of popular culture and the need to provide young people with meaning through artistic productions.

- The role of the media in assisting the social renaissance campaign.

- How each individual has a personal responsibility.

- Ensuring that people benefit from development.

- Ensuring that society is able to provide the workforce for an expanding economy.

- Ensuring stability and social cohesion which is a crucial factor for the tourism industry.

After a lively debate, the meeting ended with Minister St.Ange pledging to give his full support to the Plan of Action and its implementation because in his words, “You are helping us.” The Minister noted that it is important that everyone takes ownership of the plan and takes the steps necessary to transform society. “We need to remain connected to our community and the tourism industry,” Minister St.Ange pointed out.

It is to be reminded that as a tourist destination, Seychelles has to ensure the safety of its visitors. Incidents of violence against tourists harms the whole country and in this respect, by addressing issues of crime and drug abuse, the Social Renaissance Plan will provide another platform to ensure the safety of the local population as well as visitors.

PHOTO (L to R): Chairman of National Renaissance Steering Committee Designated Minister Vincent Meriton shedding light on issues raised on Social Renaissance by staff of Ministry of Tourism and Culture in the presence of Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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