Archive for April 1st, 2017

Seychelles delegation named for State Visit to Kenya


(Posted 01st April 2017)

The upcoming State Visit by Seychelles’ President Danny Rollen Faure to Kenya, on invitation of his counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to result in a number of agreements being signed by the two countries.
A pointer to the topics on the agenda may be the list of Ministers and high ranking officials accompanying President Faure which have been named now by State House in Victoria as:

• Minister for Fisheries & Agriculture, Mr Michael Benstrong

• Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Mr Maurice Loustau-Lalanne

• Foreign Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Claude Morel

• Member of National Assembly for Anse Etoile, Hon Ahmed Afif

• Member of National Assembly for Anse Royale, Hon Sylvianne Lemiel

• Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) Mr Kishnan Labonte

• The Chairperson of the Citizens Engagement Platform (CEPS), Mr Jules Hoareau

• The Chairperson of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce (SCCI), Mr Wilson Nancy

• Members of the national press corps

President Faure is expected to leave the Seychelles on Sunday 02nd of July and will then spend April 03rd and April 04th in talks with his host before returning to the Seychelles again.

Indian Ocean Commission boosts St. Ange candidacy for UNWTO


(Posted 01st April 2017)

Last month did Ministers from Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles sitting as the Indian Ocean Commission endorse the Seychelles bid for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Mauritius, the seat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) confirmed that decision 23 d) of the Minister’s Meeting of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) states that the Commission notes with satisfaction the bid by the Republic of Seychelles to head the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as Secretary General and request the Commission’s Secretary General to followup as necessary and to do the needful.

This endorsement is good news for Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands where Tourism Ministers of the islands of the Indian Ocean sit have already endorsed the Seychelles Candidate, but now it was the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Islands of the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles) coming together to wish Seychelles well with its bid.

To be noted is that the Islamic Republic of the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles are all part of the African Union (AU) and Reunion is the French Island in the Indian Ocean. The islands are also members of the Vanilla Island group, a tourism marketing cooperative organization based on Reunion Island which St. Ange helped to form and develop into a strong regional marketing force for travel to and among these islands.

Alain St.Ange has said that he is thankful to the Governments of Islands of the IOC and salutes the Foreign Affairs Departments of the islands for standing with Seychelles to be SG of the UNWTO.

Supersonic booms over Uganda suggest secret test flights of new generation aircraft


(Posted 01st April 2017)

In remoter parts of Uganda were supersonic booms heard overnight and it was learned from usually unreliable sources that a next generation supersonic aircraft had arrived late yesterday evening and then, after refuelling at Entebbe International Airport, commenced test flight operations over remote parts of the country.
While not audible over the main population centres from which the flight paths stayed well clear of, have nevertheless reports come in from goats, sheep and cattle that they had their sleep disrupted, some of them complaining to this correspondent by phone that mooo mooo baaa baaa bleat bleat. This correspondent is still trying to find a suitable translator for the messages while the aircraft, at the crack of dawn, hastily left Ugandan airspace to avoid detection by local media which slept through the events.

Let this prank be the only one you fall for on this April Fools Day 2017.

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