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PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT FOR WORLD AIDS DAY 2016

On the 29th anniversary of International World AIDS Day, commemorated annually on the 1st December, President Danny Faure has said it represents 29 years of a relentless fight against one clever little agent, and the committed search for a cure for HIV.

“On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrate the progress made by advocates and providers, pledge our support for those at risk or living with HIV, and commit to attaining our goal of an AIDS-free generation”, said President Faure in his capacity as the new patron of the National AIDS Council.

In his message, the Head of State highlighted the progress of the Test and Treat campaign launched in 2014 noting that HIV testing has increased by over 40%. “Over 90% of patients who are on antiretroviral treatment have an undetectable viral load, and 100% of children aged less than 15 years living with HIV are on treatment. I am also proud to say that there were zero cases HIV transmission from mother to child or through blood transfusion in 2016.”

He said, it will require on-going political and strategic collaboration with the National Assembly, private sector, faith communities, philanthropic organisations, governments worldwide, and an engaged and active civil society. “Together, we can forge a future by 2030 where there are zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero persons know the pain of stigma and discrimination caused by HIV/AIDS.”

President Faure concluding his message with “World AIDS Day 2016 is an appropriate recognition of the extraordinary progress made, yet an important reminder that the most profound challenge still remains before us – to end this devastating epidemic. This is possible and attainable if we accelerate our investment, commitment and innovation – let us continue to strive towards its realisation together.”

MINISTER RESPONDS TO PRIVATE NOTICE QUESTION ON PREVALENCE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IN THE COUNTRY

The National Drugs Enforcement Agency is said to be making great strides in combating illegal drugs in the country in spite of numerous challenges.

This was a through a statement by the Minister for Internal Affairs, Mitcy Larue while responding to a Private Notice Question posed by the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Wavel Ramkalawan.

Honorable Ramkalawan asked the Minister for an overview on the amount of heroin intercepted by the NDEA based on the premise that the agency has had little to no success in curbing the importation and trafficking of illegal drugs.

Minister Larue was unable to provide an exact figure on the amount of heroin being imported into Seychelles because she said the vast ocean which surrounds Seychelles implies that some drugs remained unaccounted for. She however quoted NDEA statistics for last year, with Rs.178.5 million rupees worth of drugs were seized of which there were 39 kilos of heroin, 61 kilos of cannabis and 1700 cannabis plants. She cited Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran as the main source countries as of heroin which enters into Seychelles.

For this year, Minister Larue said the NDEA intercepted 100 kg of heroin with an estimated street value of around 250 million rupees. She also acknowledged that are still being smuggled into the Montagne Posee Prison.

The government is expected to set up a high level committee, including members of the National Assembly, and partners in society to work on the best strategy forward to deal with the drug situation.

GOVERNMENT NOT REVIEWING BOUNDARIES OF NATIONAL RESERVES

The Minister Responsible for Environment, Didier Dogley has no plans to review the boundaries of national parks on Mahe.

Minister Dogley made the declaration in the National Assembly this week while answering the elected Member for Beau Vallon, John Hoareau. He had asked whether the government plans to review the boundaries of national reserves, especially Morne Seychellois National Park with the aim of making more land for housing available.

Minister Dogley described the Morne Seychellois National Park as the most important nature reserve set up on Mahe containing the island’s largest water catchment. He also pointed out that the national reserve represents only 20 percent of land on Mahe.


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PRESIDENT MICHEL ADDRESSES MEETING ON UNLEASHING A NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS FOR THE BLUE ECONOMY

Former President James A Michel has addressed a high-level meeting of thethe Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University ofSingapore on “Maritime Governance in South Asia: The Potential for Trade,Security and Sustainable Development” on Wednesday 30th November.

In his keynote address, Mr. Michel spoke about the Blue Economy not simplyas way of about making *greater* use of the sea but about making *better* use of it too by recognising the importance of sustainability and the need for invention.

He said “We should look not simply at the way the sea has been used in the past and replicate that.  Of course, we must listen to fishermen and boat-builders, divers and ship’s captains, who have a deep understanding of the sea and what it can offer.  But we must also invite some of the world’s best minds to turn their attention to the oceans, breaking new frontiers of knowledge and application,” said President Michel.

He highlighted the opportunities that a new generation of young entrepreneurs for the creation of new business opportunities.

Mr. Michel also met with some students and academic staff of the National University of Singapore, and also spoke about his book, *Rethinking the Oceans – Towards the Blue Economy*, which was published in June. The high-level meeting discussed the various geopolitical tensions in the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, maritime governance in South Asia, the rise of new Asian powers and economic development.

STC TO CLOSE ITS SUPERMARKET IN VICTORIA

The Seychelles Trading Company has announced that it will soon close its supermarket in Victoria.

The Chief Executive Officer of STC, Veronique Laporte explained that the decision was took into account issues of security and hygiene and came about following consultations with public health officers and engineers.

“It is not conducive to carry a retail business anymore. The second reason is because of rats, not necessarily rats inside the STC but rats throughout the town,” said Ms. Laporte.

The current STC supermarket building will be demolished. “Our plan is to raise another building subject to the board approval and government. We will redo the building for us to operate again in 2 years.”

The STC has recently signed a lease to operate temporarily from a building in Victoria as from the 1st February 2017. it will be a similar venture as the current one but on a much smaller scale.

 

 

 
 


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