7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting, Tokyo

Seychelles says that maritime connectivity is fundamental to the development of the Blue Economy

Connectivity is a fundamental aspect of the Blue Economy pathway, especially for ocean and coastal states. In Seychelles, the development of the Blue Economy has become imperative to its economic transformation and international connectivity. This is what Ambassador Barry Faure said during the ministerial discussions.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs went on to say: The Blue Economy represents a critical opportunity for the development of maritime connectivity, global trade, tourism and most importantly, for our livelihoods. Securitizing our maritime zones is a shared responsibility. Together, we must continue to rally our efforts to prevent transnational maritime crimes to protect our ocean connectivity.

Ambassador Faure also announced to the meeting that Seychelles will be hosting in March 2019 the African Shipping Line Investment Forum, following from the first African Ship Owners Summit that took place in April 2018.

In his interventions, Ambassador Barry Faure reaffirmed Seychelles' commitment to engage with the TICAD mechanism to enhance the socio-economic development of Seychelles, improve people-to-people connectivity and work with other partners, such as Japan, on matters relating to Small Island Developing States issues, climate change, the Blue Economy, maritime connectivity, ICT and capacity building.

The ministerial meeting focused on the successes and challenges that have been encountered under the 5th TICAD Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017 and the 6th TICAD Nairobi Implementation Plan, with a view to identify priorities for the upcoming 7th TICAD Summit that will take place in Yokohama, Japan on 28th � 30th August 2019.

TICAD is a multilateral forum with participation from African countries and institutions, international development organizations and partner countries, private sector and civil society organizations. TICAD is anchored on the twin principles of African ownership and international partnership.

Mr. Alex Henderson, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Seychelles in China, also participated in the meeting. The Seychelles Embassy in Beijing is also accredited to Tokyo

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

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