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Four new ministers enter government - President of Seychelles announces Cabinet re-shuffle

Victoria, Seychelles | January 26, 2015, Monday @ 20:12 in National » GENERAL | By: Hajira Amla | Views: 7948
Four new ministers enter government - President of Seychelles announces Cabinet re-shuffle

The president of the Seychelles, James Michel has re-shuffled his Cabinet of Ministers. (Seychelles News Agency)

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(Seychelles News Agency) - The president of the Seychelles, James Michel, announced on Monday a cabinet re-shuffle, marking the exit of two current ministers, the Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment,  Pierre Laporte, and the Minister of Natural Resources, Peter Sinon.

In their place, President Michel has announced the appointment of four new ministers, re-structuring a number of portfolios.

The announcement, which was issued in the form of a press statement from the Office of the President, has ushered in the appointment of a number of chief executive officers in government ministries, departments and agencies. It was stated that other heads and senior staff would retain their position.

As widely expected, the President will retain his existing portfolios for Defence, Legal Affairs, Information and Hydrocarbons.

Vice-President Danny Faure's duties will also remain as the Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Youth and Public Administration, but he has been entrusted with the additional responsibility for Civil Society, including "relations with religious denominations and organisations".

 

 Top: the new Minister of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Innovation, Michael Benstrong and Wallace Cosgrow, the newly-appointed Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. (Seychelles News Agency) Photo license: CC-BY

New cabinet of ministers

Together with the President and the Vice-President, the following Ministers will from 1 February constitute the ministerial cabinet, subject to the approval of the National Assembly:

Minister of Community Development, Social Affairs & Sports and Designated Minister, Vincent Mériton

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport, Joël Morgan

Minister of Education, Macsuzy Mondon

Minister of Finance, Trade & The Blue Economy, Jean-Paul Adam

Minister of Health, Mitcy Larue

Minister of Tourism & Culture, Alain St Ange

Minister of Land Use & Housing, Christian Lionnet

Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development, Idith Alexander

Minister of Home Affairs, Charles Bastienne

Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Didier Dogley

Minister of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation, Michael Benstrong

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Wallace Cosgrow

The president has thanked outgoing ministers Pierre Laporte and Peter Sinon for their "hard work and many achievements" and said the two would continue to contribute to the development of the country.

In his capacity as President of the ruling Parti Lepep (People's Party), President Michel has appointed Sinon as the Deputy Secretary General of the political party.

New principal secretaries

New Principal Secretaries to be appointed to support the Ministers in their portfolios are as follows:

Ag. Principal Secretary for Finance & Administration (Office of the President): Pamela Payet

Principal Secretary for Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary Education (Ministry of Education): Merida Delcy

Principal Secretary for Planning, Human Resources, Infrastructural Development & Post Secondary Education (Ministry of Education): Dr Linda Barallon

Principal Secretary for Finance & Trade (Ministry of Finance, Trade & The Blue Economy): Patrick Payet

Principal Secretary for The Blue Economy (Ministry of Finance, Trade & The Blue Economy): Rebecca Loustau-Lalanne

Principal Secretary for Home Affairs: Michel Marie

Principal Secretary for Climate Change and Energy (Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Energy): Wills Agricole

Principal Secretary for Environment (Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Energy): Alain Decommarmond

Principal Secretary for Investment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation: Marise Berlouis (Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation)

Principal Secretary for Fisheries & Agriculture (Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture): Michel Nalletamby

New special advisors

Special Adviser (The Blue Economy) to the Minister for Finance, Trade & The Blue Economy: Philippe Michaud

Special Adviser to the Minister for Investment, Entrepreneurship Development & Business Innovation: Dr Steve Fanny

Special Adviser (Fisheries) to the Minister for Fisheries & Agriculture: Finley Racombo

Special Adviser (Agriculture) to the Minister for Fisheries & Agriculture: Antoine-Marie Moustache

Other senior positions (Secretaries of State, Principal Secretaries, Special Advisers, Chief Executive Officers) will remain unchanged with the exception of the following new appointments:

CEO Welfare Agency: Marcus Siméon

CEO Seychelles Commercial Bank: Syed Naqi

CEO Seychelles Pension Fund: Lekha Nair

Adviser to the CEO Pension Fund: Willy Confait Ag.

CEO Seychelles Fishing Authority: Vincent Lucas

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