VP Meriton at the Meeting of African Island States in Addis Ababa

The Vice-President and Chair of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Mr. Vincent Meriton, accompanied by his delegation, participated this Saturday in the Third Ministerial Conference of the Group of Island Developing States. Africa, at the headquarters of the African Union (AU), Addis Ababa.

This meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 32nd AU Summit, on the initiative of the Seychelles IOC Presidency, is in line with the decision of the 33 rd Council of Ministers of the Regional Organization to create formally a Platform of Small Island States of Africa. The role of this platform will be to carry with the IOC, among others, the advocacy for a differential treatment for the benefit of the island states by the international community and in particular in the new partnership architecture "Post-Cotonou" with the European Union .

Chaired by the Foreign Minister of the Comoros, Mr. Souef Mohamed El Amine, the meeting brought together, in addition to Seychelles and Comoros, the representatives of Madagascar, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde.

The meeting was an opportunity for Vice-President Meriton to recall the various activities initiated by Seychelles in the field of the blue economy. He felt that the time had come for a thorough assessment of the progress made in this area and the challenges that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) had to overcome, particularly in the context of climate change.

"Seychelles as a champion of blue economy development in Africa, will continue to promote the interests of the SIDS," he said, before inviting all stakeholders to federate their resources related to the blue economy to ensure more economic opportunities for their people.

"We remain at the disposal of all African Island States to share our know-how in order to raise the SIDS agenda for differentiated treatment and to promote renewable energies and the development of human resources at the highest level. He promised.

Among the important decisions made during this meeting is the desire to formally institutionalize the Group of Island States as a platform for coordinating the Small Island Developing States of the African continent, through the establishment of technical working groups that will meet, with the support of a Task Force, to establish a roadmap that clearly defines the tasks to be accomplished.

It should be noted that this platform has already had a beginning of training since 2016 with the Praia Declaration that was adopted after a meeting of Foreign Ministers.

The Comorian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Session Chair reminded us of the importance of "consolidating our interests in order to develop a culture of complementarity in the spirit of solidarity and island brotherhood, particularly in international forums".

He took the opportunity of this meeting to take stock of the preparations for the upcoming elections of the President and Governors of his country, scheduled for March and April. Vice-President Meriton, for his part, did not fail to mention on the same subject the mission of information and evaluation which he has recently conducted in Comoros with the Secretary General of the IOC. He announced the sending of an IOC Observation Mission to these elections to accompany the sister island in this democratic operation.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

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VP Meriton at the Meeting of African Island States in Addis Ababa

The Vice-President and Chair of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Mr. Vincent Meriton, accompanied by his delegation, participated this Saturday in the Third Ministerial Conference of the Group of Island Developing States. Africa, at the headquarters of the African Union (AU), Addis Ababa.

This meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 32nd AU Summit, on the initiative of the Seychelles IOC Presidency, is in line with the decision of the 33 rd Council of Ministers of the Regional Organization to create formally a Platform of Small Island States of Africa. The role of this platform will be to carry with the IOC, among others, the advocacy for a differential treatment for the benefit of the island states by the international community and in particular in the new partnership architecture "Post-Cotonou" with the European Union .

Chaired by the Foreign Minister of the Comoros, Mr. Souef Mohamed El Amine, the meeting brought together, in addition to Seychelles and Comoros, the representatives of Madagascar, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde.

The meeting was an opportunity for Vice-President Meriton to recall the various activities initiated by Seychelles in the field of the blue economy. He felt that the time had come for a thorough assessment of the progress made in this area and the challenges that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) had to overcome, particularly in the context of climate change.

"Seychelles as a champion of blue economy development in Africa, will continue to promote the interests of the SIDS," he said, before inviting all stakeholders to federate their resources related to the blue economy to ensure more economic opportunities for their people.

"We remain at the disposal of all African Island States to share our know-how in order to raise the SIDS agenda for differentiated treatment and to promote renewable energies and the development of human resources at the highest level. He promised.

Among the important decisions made during this meeting is the desire to formally institutionalize the Group of Island States as a platform for coordinating the Small Island Developing States of the African continent, through the establishment of technical working groups that will meet, with the support of a Task Force, to establish a roadmap that clearly defines the tasks to be accomplished.

It should be noted that this platform has already had a beginning of training since 2016 with the Praia Declaration that was adopted after a meeting of Foreign Ministers.

The Comorian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Session Chair reminded us of the importance of "consolidating our interests in order to develop a culture of complementarity in the spirit of solidarity and island brotherhood, particularly in international forums".

He took the opportunity of this meeting to take stock of the preparations for the upcoming elections of the President and Governors of his country, scheduled for March and April. Vice-President Meriton, for his part, did not fail to mention on the same subject the mission of information and evaluation which he has recently conducted in Comoros with the Secretary General of the IOC. He announced the sending of an IOC Observation Mission to these elections to accompany the sister island in this democratic operation.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles

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