Seychelles and Malta to Redouble Bilateral Relationship on Blue Economy, Aquaculture, Maritime Security, Among Others

Piriye Kiyaramo

To further strengthen the excellent bilateral trade relations that exist between Malta and the Seychelles, both countries have agreed to redouble efforts towards harnessing the potentials of the Blue Economy, Aquaculture, Maritime security, among others.

New non-resident Seychelles High Commissioner to the Republic of Malta, Mr. Derick Ally, who gave the hint while presenting his credentials to President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca in a ceremony at the Palace in Valletta, Malta on Tuesday December 4, 2018, “both countries have agreed to redouble their efforts towards the conclusion of a General Cooperation Agreement which will provide added fillip to their bilateral relations”.

During his meetings with the various Maltese authorities, the new High Commissioner discussed a broad range of issues that covered law enforcement, capacity building, blue economy, aquaculture, maritime security, education, entrepreneurship, tourism, the Commonwealth, among others.

The High Commissioner assured the President that Seychelles of his country’s commitment towards intensifying its cooperation with Malta in various sectors during his tenure.
During his audience with President Preca, High Commissioner Ally also briefed the President on recent developments in Seychelles.

Responding, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said she was very keen to see an increased level of cooperation between Seychelles and Malta, citing the many similarities between the two island nations.

Meanwhile, Speaker of Malta House of Representatives, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, has commended the new Seychelles High Commissioner to Malta, describing his visit to Seychelles last January as memorable, even as he looks forward to welcoming the Seychelles National Assembly delegation to the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth in Malta in January 2019. The Speaker made the remark when the new Seychelles High Commissioner visited him.

The Seychelles Honorary Consul in Malta, Mr. Simon Mifsud was also present at the ceremony.

Recall that Malta and the Seychelles signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in 2016. The agreement was signed at the Malta High Commission in London, by H.E. Norman Hamilton, High Commissioner of Malta in the UK and H.E. Marie-Pierre Lloyd, High Commissioner of the Seychelles in the UK.

The Memorandum of Understanding’s main aim was to promote friendly relations and cooperation in the political, economic and other fields with a view to strengthening the excellent relations that exist between Malta and the Seychelles.