Friday 14th January, 2011
IAC FOLLOW UP ON SEYCHELLES ACCESSION TO THE WTO
The International Affairs Committee (IAC) of the National Assembly on Thursday 13th January, met with officials from Trade Division and LUNGOS at the National Assembly of Seychelles to discuss issues pertaining to Seychelles’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The Trade Division was represented by the Chief Negotiator for WTO Accession, Mr. Charles Morin and Director, Mr. Ziyaad Ebrahim. From LUNGOS were Mr. Bernard Elizabeth, Mr. Steven Lalanne, Mr. Michel Pierre,Mrs. Raymond Course, and Mr. Serge Benstrong. On the IAC side were the Hon. Waven William, Hon. Clifford Andre and Hon. Nicholas Prea.
The discussion was centered on the activities and achievements of the Trade Division, in their efforts to prepare Seychelles for its accession to the WTO, including the Goods and Services offer that was presented to the WTO in Geneva in late 2010. Both the IAC and LUNGOS had the opportunity to present their concerns and offer valuable contributions to the Trade Division as to how accession to the WTO could impact on the country.
This is the second round of meetings that the committee has held on Seychelles accession to the WTO. The first was held in the second half of 2010 with LUNGOS as well as the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industries during which some issues were identified as crucial to the Seychelles’ successful ascension to the WTO.
Some of these issues were:
- The high cost of production in Seychelles;
- The specificities of the Small Island Developing States;
- The amendment of local legislation to make it on par with global legislations and most importantly;
- The involvement of Civil Society and the Business Community in the Sensitization programmes aimed at educating the populace on the raison d’être for joining WTO, its benefits and other implications.
In concluding the meeting, both the IAC and LUNGOS pledged their support to the Trade Division, especially in the sensitization programme, whereby the Trade Division is expected to hold talks with the general public to apprise them of the Seychelles’ accession to the WTO, its benefits and other implications for Seychelles.
For more details contact:
Ms. Shelda Comettant
PR, Communications & Protocol Officer