Minister St. Ange hits the ground running as he meets key players of his expanded portfolio

TOURISM, CIVIL AVIATION, PORTS AND MARINE – ALL CONTRIBUTING TO SEYCHELLES’ TOURISM SUCCESS

(Posted 01st November 2016)

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Mr. Alain St.Ange has visited four entities which fall under the new extended ministry. The bodies are Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Air Seychelles, Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) and the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA).

Minister St.Ange who was being accompanied by the Principal Secretaries for Tourism Anne Lafortune and for Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Mr. Garry Albert, and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Mrs. Sherin Francis used the first working day after the announcement of the government reshuffle to meet the heads of the new ministry.

The first stop was at the SCAA head office, Pointe Larue where the ministerial delegation was met by the SCAA chief executive Gilbert Faure and his management team as well as the chairperson of the board Captain David Savy.

We give you our commitment that we will work together to keep bettering our civil aviation sector‘ Mr Faure said in his welcoming remarks.

On his part Captain Savy said civil aviation can be described as an important artery for our economy and our tourism industry which we all know is the ‘heartbeat’ of our economy.

Captain Savy also had words of welcome and encouragement to share with Minister St.Ange and the new PS for Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Garry Albert and wished them all the best as they take the civil aviation sector to new heights.

Minister St.Ange and his delegation then headed to Air Seychelles headquarters, based at Pointe Larue where he met the management team and spoke about his way forward for the company, especially in regards to his way of working.

At the SPA headquarters, Minister St.Ange was met by the Chief Executive Colonel Andre Ciseau. The management team members were also present whereby they introduced themselves and briefed the delegation on the work that they do.

Colonel Ciseau said the team members of SPA are confident that under the leadership of Minister St.Ange and Mr Garry Albert, the ports authority will keep excelling and deliver more for Seychelles.

Minister St.Ange said if we want to move forward, it is important to work together. He added that we need to let Seychelles know and appreciate the importance of the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) and the work that it does for the country.

He said there is a need to look at the challenges the ports are facing and find solutions together to alleviate these barriers.

On his part Mr Garry Albert, who was the former Deputy Chief Executive at SPA for the past four and a half years said he already knows the challenges of the ports authority and he will remain connected with the staff there.

Speaking to members of the local press, Minister St.Ange it was important to visit these entities, meet the management teams, listen to challenges and see how to address them.

Today was important for us to visit the new departments which fall under the Ministry for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine to understand their roles and missions‘ Minister St.Ange said.

The visit has allowed us to meet the management teams and reassure them that we will work together, and as good facilitators to ensure that Seychelles benefits at the end of the day‘, he added before concluding ‘I am not here to micromanage, but I will ensure that I am updated with the work being undertaken by each entity so that we achieve good results. We will work with all press houses in the country. When something good happens we let the people of Seychelles know, but we should also do the same when an incident or something occurs, we also need to meet the press and explain. This will stop rumours and disinformation being spread around as information will be from the right source‘.
After his day visiting the four entities Minister Alain St.Ange met all the heads of departments in a meeting held at the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine ESPACE Offices and has confirmed that he will be visiting the various sections of the entities during the coming weeks.

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