At the margins of the Article 8 Political Dialogue, a high-level delegation of the European Union visits Au Cap Primary School and inaugurates a new fish market at Anse Royale.

In the context of the 4th Political Dialogue, the EU Ambassador together with EUMember States ambassadors carried out a site visit at Au Cap Primary School tojoin pupils and staff in the Children#39;s Day celebrations. They also inaugurated thenew EU-financed fish market at Anse Royale, and visited the quay on Ile du Port,where they had the opportunity to see loading and unloading activities.

Theobjective of the site visit was to showcase European Union’s commitment toaccompany Seychelles in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Marjaana Sall,said:

– The projects that we are visiting today are concrete illustrations of EU actions on theground to assist Government in meeting its developmental and global challenges.

EU’s interventions in the education sector via the 10 th EDF Budget support programme hasfor instance contributed to the preparation and implementation of the Medium TermEducation Strategy, which provides Government with a solid base for achievements in thatsector. On this note, I seize the opportunity to congratulate Government on its commitmentto the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality ofeducation and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The new fish market in Anse Royale financed under the on-going Fisheries Agreement is inturn a symbol of a new comprehensive EU-Seychelles partnership, moving beyonddevelopment aid issues into enhanced trade, economic and environment-related cooperationfor mutual benefit, in line with SDG No 8 to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainableeconomic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, and SDG No 14to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainabledevelopment

The visit to Au Cap Primary school could not have been organised on a more appropriate day- on Children#39;s Day celebrations. Au Cap Primary School is among three schools to receivedEU funding for renovations and rehabilitation after the damages caused the tropical stormFelleng in 2013. Seychelles received a total envelope of EUR 500 000 under the 10 th EDF BEnvelope for these three schools. The renovation works included replacement of woodenshutters, roof repair and electrical works, among others. The EU Ambassador Marjaana Sallalso seized the opportunity to congratulate Government for the disbursement of the finaltranche of EUR 1 350 000 in April 2016 under the 10 th EDF Education Budget supportprogramme, in recognition of concrete results achieved by the Government in the process ofimplementation of the Medium Term Education Strategy.

In view of the celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June, the EU delegation alsopresented trophies to the winners of the drawing contest My Island of tomorrow that waslaunched in March 2016. The winners are as follows:

1st prize: Glacis Primary School (Jade Medor and Pearl Lalande)

2nd prize: Glacis Primary School (Karine Annette and Chloe Louis)

3rd prize: Anse Etoile Primary school (Danius Labonteacute; and Kendra Vital)

4th prize:Anse Boileau Primary School (Stanio Pothin and Leah Celestine)

BaieLazarePrimarySchool(EmmanuellaMagloireandShaniadeComarmond)

Anse Etoile Primary School (Valentina Labrosse and Keira Jeannevole; andRehanella Farabeau and Neesha Pierre)

5th prize: Baie Lazare Primary School (Rebecca Robert and John Paul Soubana).

Still in the context of environmental day celebrations, the EU Head of Missions proceededwith the plantation of trees in the school yard.

The EU mission then proceeded to Anse Royale where they met with the artisanal fishermenin the presence of the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Wallace Cosgrow. Theconstruction of the market has been financed by the European Union as part of theSustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement. The EU mission also visited the quay on Ile duPort, which was also financed under the latter Agreement.

FACTS

1. The EU support to Fisheries in Seychelles

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Seychelles dates back from1987. The new protocol was signed in 2013 for six years. EU annual financial contributionamounts to EUR 5,350,000 for the two first years, and EUR 5,000,000 for year 3 to year 6. Itincludes: i) access rights for 50,000 tons of tuna that the European fleet is allowed to catcheach year, and ii) support to the fisheries sector.

2. EU support to the Education sector in Seychelles

Following the impact of the tropical storm Felleng, the European Union has fundedrehabilitation works in three primary schools (Au Cap, Anse aux Pins and Pointe Larue) undera specific envelope for unforeseen needs. The European Union has also provided support toSeychelles for the implementation of the Medium Term Education Strategy 2013-2017 undera sector budget support programme.

3. Drawing contest My island of tomorrow

The Delegation of the European Union launched a drawing competition for primary schools ofthe Republic of Mauritius, Union of Comoros and Republic of Seychelles in March 2016. Thecontest was open to children aged between 8 and 12 from public and private schools. Theobjective was to encourage children to express their thought about the sustainabledevelopment of their island. A preselection of the best drawings was organised at nationallevel. Selected best drawings from Seychelles were then posted on the Delegation#39;sFacebook page and open to a public vote from 25 April to 02 May 2016. In each of the threecountries, there are five winning teams, namely the teams who have received the highernumber of Likes.

4. European Union

The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 28 European countriesthat together cover much of the continent. Today, the EU has a total population of more than500 million. Within the EU market, people, goods, services and capital move without anybarriers. Euro, which is the single currency adopted by 19 Member States, is used each dayby over 300 million people. Main institutions include the European Parliament, the Council ofMinisters, and the European Commission. Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009,the EU has a high representative for foreign affairs and security who heads the EuropeanExternal Action Service. Ms Federica Mogherini is the EU High Representative of the Union forForeign Affairs and Security Policy. With 139 delegations and offices, the European ExternalAction Service is one of the world#39;s largest diplomatic services.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius.