The Seychelles President, James Michel, met with the Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, at State House this morning.
President Michel thanked Japan for its support in the fight against piracy as well as fisheries development in Seychelles and the region.
“Seychelles and Japan have a strong affinity as island nations, and we have an active partnership which covers a wide spectrum of areas including fisheries, renewable energy and climate change mitigation, capacity building, and maritime security cooperation. We will increase our efforts to develop more tourism and aviation partnerships as well as extend the areas of our existing projects of renewable energy development. Our policy is to democratize the access of renewable energy for all Seychellois, and Japan’s assistance and expertise will welcomed to achieve this aim,” said President Michel.
They spoke about the extension of the Providence fishing port, which forms part of a Seychelles request for a 7th Fisheries Grant from the Japanese government.
The President and the State Minister discussed the new incentives that have been introduced in Seychelles for importation of electric and hybrid cars, and the possibilities of greater trade in Japanese cars as a result of this.
They also spoke about the climate change challenges of Small Island Developing States, especially coastal erosion, as well as the projects that could be developed to prevent the erosion taking place.
Furthermore, next year’s Tokyo International Conference on African Development which will be taking place in Nairobi was a subject of discussion. President Michel attended the conference in Yokohama in 2013.
In an interview with local media, State Minister Minoru Kiuchi said that cooperation between Seychelles and Japan would be set to increase after the visit of this high-level delegation.
“Seychelles and Japan are both maritime nations, and we have much in common; we share common values – liberty, democracy, the rule of law, and the fundamental human rights. … We both agreed to continue our cooperation in areas such as maritime safety, including counter-piracy measures and also fisheries and disaster risk reduction,” said State Minister Minoru Kiuchi.
Present during the meeting were the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan; the President’s Diplomatic Adviser, Ambassador Callixte d’Offay; the Chargé d’Affaires of the Japanese Embassy in Nairobi, Mr. Mikio Mori; and Senior Deputy Director, First African Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Kiyohiko Ikeda.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .