A six-member, multi-party Australian Parliamentary delegation arrived in the country last night on Tuesday 12th August on an official visit to the Seychelles. The delegation, headed by Hon. Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt, Queensland, Liberal Party, was
accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Mrs. Susan Coles.
During their visit to the National Assembly this morning, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Marie-Antoinette Rose, on behalf of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie who is currently on overseas mission.
During the very enlightening exchanges which ensued, key issues of national concern were discussed, including: piracy in the Indian Ocean and legislation for the extradition of prisoners; the welfare and primary health care system in Seychelles; international cooperation in medicine and tourism; access to higher education and the University of Seychelles; health concerns and opportunities for overseas treatment; the problem of brain drain; drug
related crime and overcrowding in prisons, among others. They also discussed avenues for possible cooperation in education, environmental management, tourism, specialist training for doctors as well as parliamentary capacity building.
Hon. Rose thanked the Australian government and High Commission for their incessant and valuable support to the Seychelles and expressed her great satisfaction with the strong existing friendship between the two Parliaments and countries. Hon. Warren Entsch expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome he and the delegation had received and admiration for the island’s scenic beauty.
The delegation also met with a few members of the Chairpersons Committee of the National Assembly. The meeting was most opportune for Members of the Seychelles and Australian parliaments chairing or representing parliamentary committees, as they had the opportunity to share their experiences and explain the roles and responsibilities of their respective committees.
During their time here, the delegation will also meet with several Ministers and visit a number of Australian-funded projects. This afternoon they will be given a tour of the Cat Cocos, Australian made Ferry and make an appearance at the launch of the Seychelles Women in Police Network. The delegation will also call on the Seychelles Protection Vessel Team before visiting the Mt. Posee Prison to review the progress achieved with the Green Prison Project funded by the Australian High Commission. The evening will end with a cocktail at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove with the launch of the Australian Alumni Association of Seychelles.
On Friday 14th August, the delegation will visit a number of Australian funded projects on Praslin after their tour of the Vallee De Mai. These include the Baie St Anne Farmer’s Coop. Project and Anse Lazio Lifesavers Association.
Haajira Jumaye (Ms)
Public Relations, Communication and Protocol Officer