By Roy Mabasa
Seychellois President Danny Faure has lauded the Filipinos working and living in his country for their great contribution to its economy, culture and social life of the people of Seychelles.
Faure made this statement during the presentation of credentials of newly designated Philippine Ambassador to Kenya Alex Chua at his official residence in the capital city of Victoria, Mahé, early this month.
The Seychellois leader also congratulated Chua on his accreditation as non-resident envoy to his country.
In their meeting, both Faure and Chua discussed several areas of cooperation, with particular emphasis on formalizing a labor agreement which would ensure the protection of Filipino professionals who will work in Seychelles in the fields of tourism, education, and especially healthcare.
“Our countries share the same ideals of democracy, social justice and people-centered development. It is a pleasure to meet with you and renew Seychelles’ commitment to consolidating collaboration between our two countries,” Faure told the Philippine ambassador during the latter’s presentation of credentials.
Chua, for his part, conveyed the warm felicitations of President Rodrigo Duterte to Faure and the people of Seychelles, specifically for the warm hospitality and assistance they extend to Filipino nationals working and living in that country.
Chua conveyed the message of President Rodrigo Duterte to Faure and the people of Seychelles, expressing his appreciation for the warm hospitality and kind assistance being accorded to Filipino nationals working and residing in Seychelles.
There are about 1,000 Filipinos presently in Seychelles, according to a Philippine embassy estimates.
Located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles is an archipelago composed of 115 islands and home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves. It has a population of around 90,000.
In April 2016, the Philippines and Seychelles inked two cooperation agreements concerning tourism and diplomacy.
Seychelles signed a partnership pact with the Lyceum of the Philippines for the establishment of a tourism academy.
The said agreement allows Filipino lecturers and students to come to Seychelles to conduct lectures in key areas where the Philippines has an advantage, such as in wellness and medical tourism intervention.
The second agreement was bilateral between the foreign ministries of the two countries that would allow Seychellois junior diplomats to undergo training with the Department of Foreign Affairs.