On his second day in Tunisia, where he is attending the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), President Wavel Ramkalawan met with Mr Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan and also the Special Envoy of Mr Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan.
President Ramkalawan congratulated Japan on successfully co-hosting TICAD 8. He once again extended condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe.
Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa congratulated President Ramkalawan on a successful democratic transitional process in October 2020.
During the meeting, they discussed ways in which the two countries could further enhance collaboration in various sectors. President Wavel Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for all the support given to Seychelles by Japan in areas such as such as maritime security, capacity building, health, fisheries, disaster risk management and for funding through grant assistance, at a cost of 10 Million yen (SCR 1.3 Million) the renovation of the ex-maritime school into a school for the deaf which was completed in 2021.
On his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr Hayashi Yoshimasa expressed his gratitude for support given by Seychelles to Japan’s numerous candidatures in international organisations.
Other issues discussed during the bilateral meeting were related to climate change, the Blue Economy, support for a multidimensional vulnerability index for Small Island Developing States and the possibility for Japanese investments in sectors such as fish processing and waste water treatment plants.
Also present at the meeting, were Mr Conrad Mederic, Ambassador of Seychelles to the African Union and to Ethiopia and Ms. Lindy Ernesta, Director General, Bilateral Affairs Division of the Foreign Affairs Department.
It is to be noted that Mr Kishida Fumio, the Prime Minister of Japan is attending the TICAD 8 summit virtually, from Tokyo. Mr Hayashi Yoshimasa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan is in Tunisia for the TICAD 8 summit. He is also there as a Special Envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of State House – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles.