Friday 21st January, 2011
SPEAKER HERMINIE ON OFFICIAL VISIT TO PRAGUE
The need to strengthen the relationship between the National Assembly of Seychelles and that of the Czech Republic was the conclusion of the meeting between the Speaker of the National of Seychelles, Dr. Patrick Herminie and his Czech homologue, Mrs. Miroslava Nemcova, held in Prague this week.
The Speaker was in the Czech Republic on an official visit at the invitation of Mrs. Nemcova and was accompanied by the Seychelles Honorary Consul to the Czech Republic, Mr. Ernest Pindur and the Seychelles Tourist Ambassador there, Mr. Gwillyn Sicobo.
The Speaker further held talks with the Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, in which they agreed that the Double Taxation Agreement between the two countries be formally concluded, to facilitate greater trade between the two countries and attract investors from the Czech Republic, reputedly now a regional economic powerhouse with one of the most successful post-soviet era economy. That commitment by the Czech Foreign Ministry was resolutely supported by the Czech Parliament’s Committee on Economic Affairs in discussion they held with Speaker Herminie.
Discussions for a Double Taxation Agreement between the two countries have been ongoing for the past ten years.
Talks with the very influential International Affairs Committee of the Czech Parliament centered around renewing scholarships for Seychellois students in Czech Universities. Czech universities are considered among the most prestigious in Central Europe and are among the leading ones in the training of doctors and architects among others. The Czech side further promised to continue with its unconditional support for Seychelles piracy both at the European Union and the European Parliament level.
“The Parliament in the Czech Republic yields a lot of power and influence and certainly can make things happen at the executive level. So it is in our best interest to establish a formal relation with them. Not only can we exchange our experiences as emerging new democracies, but we can, through its parliament, secure much needed help especially in tertiary education and trade and commerce.” noted Speaker Herminie, himself an Alumni of Prague’s Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe.
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Ms. Shelda Comettant
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