African Union Representatives Working Mission in Seychelles to discuss Blue Economy

On Wednesday 10th April, 2019 a group of experts from the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) arrived in Seychelles on a working visit.

Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhi, Director of AU-IBAR and Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU-IBAR is currently on a working mission in Seychelles:

a) to seek Seychelles contribution to the discussions on the Roadmap and the formulation of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy;

b) to meet representatives/ stakeholders in the Blue Economy Sector

The Mission Team met with the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles Mr. Vincent Meriton, in the presence of Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Blue Economy and PS Kenneth Racombo, Principal Secretary for Blue Economy, to congratulate Seychelles on being the Blue Economy Champion for Africa and to reiterate the commitment of AU-IBAR in assisting Seychelles and other Africa Member States in developing their Blue Economy Sector.

Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhi, who is also the Head of the Mission team equally pledged the Commission's full support to Seychelles in ensuring the best and the greatest impact for attaining tangible results.

A working session was held with the Blue Economy Department, where a series of presentation (as seen below) was undertaken and a draft TOR was formulated to devise a Blue Economy Roadmap:

1. Maritime Boundary Delimitation, Demarcation and Management � Seychelles and Regional Context

2. Marine Aquaculture in the Seychelles

3. Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust

4. Third South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Project (SWIOFish3)

5. The Seychelles Blue Economy- Strategic Policy Framework and Road Map (2018-2030)

The office of AU-IBAR, has led a process of formulation of a draft Terms of Reference for the recruitment of lead experts for each of the following thematic areas:

1. Fisheries, aquaculture, conservation and sustainable aquatic ecosystems;

2. Shipping/transportation, ports, infrastructure and maritime security;

3. Coastal and maritime tourism, climate change, resilience, environment;

4. Sustainable energy and mineral resources;

5. Policy, institutional development, Governance and innovative finance

They will meet with local experts and other stakeholders for more guidance and support, so as to bring to fruition this important Blue Economy Strategy for Africa.

The team will be in the country until Saturday 13 April 2019.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

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