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The Henan delegation’s official visit to Seychelles represents a consolidation of the Seychelles-China relation

The Henan delegation’s official visit to Seychelles represents a consolidation of the Seychelles-China relation ( On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, flight EK707 touched down in the Seychelles islands with a high-powered delegation from Henan province in the Northern Central region of China. The two-day mission in Seychelles was a further boost to the Seychelles-China relation and has set a new momentum for development of cooperation and exchanges between the Chinese province of Henan, Seychelles government, and its Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

The Henan six-member delegation’s official mission started on Thursday, February 28, with a courtesy call at Vice President Danny Faure’s office for the handing-over ceremony of some 100 musical instruments donated by Henan province to the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts. The musical instruments were handed over by Mr. Liu Chunliang, Senior Advisor, People’s Government of Henan Province, and accepted on behalf of Seychelles government by Vice President Danny Faure. It then proceeded with endorsement of the handing-over documents by Raymonde Onezime, Special Advisor to the Minister for Tourism and Culture, and Liu Chunliang, Senior Advisor, People’s Government of Henan Province.

Today China stands as a model for bilateral relations between small and big developing countries. Both countries look positively within the framework of working together. The donation of musical instruments to Seychelles is according to Liu Chunliang “re-enforcing mutual understanding between both parties’’ while remaining actively engaged in future projects with Seychelles.

In a formal discussion with the Seychelles Vice President, Mr. Danny Faure, these points were echoed by Liu Chunliang who praised the continued growth and for the consolidation of the Seychelles-China relation. He had also thanked Seychelles authorities for “accepting and organizing” their visits in Seychelles saying that the province will “explore new ground of cooperation in the island’s craft industry.”

Vice President Faure said that the Henan delegation visit in Seychelles took place at an opportune time “when Seychelles is celebrating 150 years of Chinese presence in Seychelles.” He said that “the participation of the Chinese delegation in Carnaval International de Victoria and the increase in the number of visitors from China are directly contributing to the further enhancement of goodwill relations between Seychelles and China.” In the tourism arena, Vice President Faure stated that “Seychelles is diversifying its tourism strategies to bring more visitors from China to Seychelles.” Mr. Faure went on to say that “China’s rising profile in international and regional affairs and its engagement on the growth and revival of Africa’s economy, politics, and people’s livelihood.”

The Chinese delegation had traveled to Seychelles especially to deliver the consignment of musical instruments. As a gesture of appreciation the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts put together a 20-minute musical performance. Orchestrated by 15 students, aged between 8 and 13 years, the Chinese delegation was delighted with the performance saying that “it was heartening to see such talented young Seychellois put on a performance worthy of a practical orchestra.”

At 1100 hours, the delegation was welcomed by the Minister for Community Development, Social Affairs and Sport, Vincent Meriton, in his quarters at Ocean Gate House. He thanked the Chinese delegation for “helping Seychelles government with this significant musical instruments donation,” outlining that the donation “arrives at an opportune time when his ministry places art closer to the people.” Minister Meriton commented on the importance of sports in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Affairs and presented the status of the disaster which affected four districts in East of Mahe after heavy rain on January 26, 2013.

Liu Chunliang, Henan’s head of the delegation, has assured Minister Meriton that he will give a progress report to the Chinese Authority on the aftermath of the disaster and will revert to Seychelles on how the province could assist Seychelles.
The second and last day of the delegation’s official visit in Seychelles ended on a more relaxing note with an excursion organized by the Chinese Embassy at Seychelles inner islands. Wrapping up their official visit in Seychelles, the Chinese delegation said that they had good discussions with high government officials. The head of the delegation said China “has excellent relations with Seychelles, and this official visit represent a rejuvenation of this relation.”

PHOTO: Chinese delegation attending a musical performance at the National Cultural Centre / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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