African Union Chair says Seychelles an inspiration to all


The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has congratulated Seychelles for its very high level of human development as well as its achievements in environmental conservation, which she said should be an example for other countries and are “an inspiration to all.” Dr. Dlamini-Zuma made the comments at a meeting with President James Michel at State House, at the start of her 3-day official visit.

Seychelles President Michel welcomed Dr. Dlamini-Zuma and thanked her for the support that she has expressed to the island states of Africa, with a great understanding of the specificities and complexities of those states.

“We appreciate your efforts to sensitize the African continent to the needs of the small islands states of Africa, as well as the role that coastal states can play in developing the blue economy of the continent. … I would also like to congratulate you on the new dimension, dynamism, and efficiency you have introduced to the African Union, and I am confident that you will take the Union to new heights,” said President Michel.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission added that the “Seychelles success story” needed to be shared with other members of the African Union, where exchanges of best practices could aid the development of much bigger nations.

“I am pleased to see that Seychelles has an active diplomacy within the African Union, and we appreciate your active advocacy and contribution to the discussions,” said Dr. Dlamini-Zuma.

The President and the Chairperson discussed the recent African Union Summit which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (later African Union), as well as the Tokyo International Conference for African Development in Yokohama, which both had attended.

President Michel also thanked the African Union for the financial support it has pledged towards the National Disaster Relief Fund, in relation to the flooding disaster Seychelles experienced in January this year.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .