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Seychelles Founding President Mancham speaks at 4th General Assembly of Capdi in Indonesia

Seychelles Founding President Mancham speaks at 4th General Assembly of Capdi in Indonesia ( The Seychelles Founding President, Sir James R. Mancham, was one of five personalities invited to make congratulatory remarks at the opening of the 4th General Assembly of the Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI) in the beautiful city of Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Republic of Indonesia, on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Sir James spoke in his capacity as the Vice President and member of the Governing Council of CAPDI. Two years ago, Seychelles was admitted as a member of CAPDI when Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Paul Adam, represented Seychelles President James A. Michel, who was at that time specially recognized for his leadership role in the field of national reconciliation.

The other personalities invited to speak on Monday were:

- H.E. Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and CAPDI Chairman Emeritus/Honorary Chairman

- H.E. Mr. Fidel Ramos, Honorary Chairman of CAPDI and Former President of The Philippines

- H.E. Mme Nalinee Taveesin, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

- Hon. Sheila Copps, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Former MInister of Environment of Canada

- Mr. Stuart Scott, Executive Director of United Planet Faith&Science Initiative

Earlier, the assembly had been open by H.E. Dr. M. Jusuf Kalla, Chairman of CAPDI and Former Vice President of Republic of Indonesia, following a welcome address by H.E. Mr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Governor of South Sulawesi.

According to the Honorable Dr. Jose De Venecia Jr., CAPDI President and former speaker of National Assembly of the Philippines, CAPDI is today playing a leading role as a promoter of reconciliation in the Asia Pacific region, and in this connection has been credited with several achievements. At this moment, CAPDI is actively engaged in promoting reconciliation and national unity in Thailand.

In his speech, Sir James Mancham of the Seychelles said that poverty is the greatest menace to peace and stability not only in the Southeast Asia and Pacific regions, but also internationally. In this respect, he deplored the amount of money the world is spending on military equipment rather than on human resource development. Sir James said that as a member of the Council of the Eldest and the Wise of COMESA, he welcomed CAPDI's growing interest in the economic development of the Africa continent.

“In the Global Village of today, we must all remain connected and engaged to eradicate poverty and to face the alarming challenges paused by climate change," Sir James Mancham stated.


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