The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Danny Faure, officially launched the Seychelles Diplomatic Convention at Eden Bleu hotel this morning.
The 2018 Diplomatic Convention is being held from 1 to 3 October, hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
During his opening remarks, President Faure highlighted the importance of the Convention in the promotion of Seychelles' foreign policy. He also thanked Ambassadors, Honorary Consuls and other members of the Diplomatic Corps for their hard work in enhancing bilateral relations and defending the interests and well-being of Seychelles.
"Over the years, Seychelles has seen major economic development, despite the challenges. Well-regarded as a success story, Seychelles remains vigilant and motivated to continue our progress. We will remain advocates for the cause of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and continue to be at the forefront of all dialogue on climate change. We will also continue to promote the Blue Economy as a vital tool for sustainable development, for the benefit of both our current and future generation. We remain focused, committed and dedicated to fight for the continued advancement of the country," said President Faure.
"Your efforts, contributions, and global networks have been invaluable to the progress of Seychelles across different spectrums. We count on your support - the support of each and every one of you - to seize every given opportunity to express Seychelles' voice on these issues," he continued.
The President also introduced the Department of Foreign Affairs' new Strategic Plan 2020, which has a greater focus on matters like maritime affairs, human rights, the cause of SIDS, security, and global diplomacy.
During the ceremony this morning, there was also an address by the Vice President of Seychelles, Mr Vincent Meriton.
Also present for the ceremony this morning was the Designated Minister, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon; Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly, Honourable Charles Decomarmond; Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Honourable Wavel Ramkalawan; members of the Cabinet of Ministers; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure; members of the Diplomatic Corps; and other distinguished guests.
To read the President's Opening Remarks click on the link below: http://www.statehouse.gov.sc/speeches.php?news_id=4142
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