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)
(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