Commonwealth targets Seychelles’ Blue Economy

Commonwealth eyes closer collaboration with Seychelles on Blue Economy. Photo : www.seychellesnewsagency.com

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Commonwealth, has expressed its commitment to explore avenues for closer collaboration with Seychelles in the Blue Economy sector, Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Last year the government launched its “Blue Economy Strategic Framework and Roadmap” which aims to build its ocean-based economy. The Blue Economy Strategic document and Roadmap outline an integrated process that is aligned with the Seychelles National Development Strategy.

The roadmap is an ongoing partnership between the Commonwealth and Seychelles to protect the island nation’s vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometres.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland recently met with a Seychelles delegation led Vice-President Vincent Meriton during their official visit at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

“During the meeting, Scotland commended Seychelles for the initiatives being undertaken as a small island state in leading and developing the Blue Economy sector,” said the department.

Scotland reiterated her commitment to work closely with Seychelles to take forward the Commonwealth Blue Charter under which the island nation leads the Marine Protected Areas Action Group.

Seychelles and the Commonwealth agreed to work together in exploring mechanisms to facilitate access to funding from the Green Fund. Other discussions included climate change resilience and disaster preparedness and management.

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