Maritime security cooperation important for Seychelles, president says
President Faure was invited to share the Seychelles’ experience and provide an update on the previously registered commitments made in 2016. (State House)
(Seychelles News Agency) - The importance of maritime security cooperation for Seychelles was highlighted by the island nation’s president at the Ocean Conference in Malta on Thursday.
The Seychelles’ head of state Danny Faure said, “Because of our limited and competing resources, it is particularly important that we have a well-thought-out maritime security strategy, and this is thus our commitment and we welcome any cooperation that may be extended to us in this regard.”
Faure was speaking to world leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, scientists and researchers at a high-level panel discussion on maritime security on the opening day of the Ocean Conference.
President Faure was invited to share the Seychelles’ experience and provide an update on the previously registered commitments made in 2016. The commitments included the issuance of the first Blue Bonds in support of sustainable fisheries, the debt swap to develop a marine spatial plan of the island nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone and designate 30 percent as marine protected areas,
“Maritime security is an extremely important component of the sustainable development of the ocean economy. One of the expected results of the blue economy strategy is greater protection for Seychelles’ ocean space,” said Faure.
The Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean has an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.37 million square kilometres around its 115 islands, a fact that makes detection of irregular and unlawful activities at sea difficult.
The Ocean Conference which started in 2014 was organised under the theme ‘An Ocean for Life’ and hosted by the European Union from October 5–6.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was the keynote speaker at the fourth edition of the conference.
According to the news agency maltatoday, the Prince of Wales said that the problems facing the protection of the oceans were not only enormous but “also systemic and interrelated” and their remedy can only be found by building a consensus across a wide range of stakeholders and communities.
Malta today said by way of example, Prince Charles referred to a decision taken by Canada 25 years ago to protect the Northern cod stocks on the Grand Banks by closing a fishery that had all but collapsed due to mismanagement and overfishing.
Other panel sessions of the conference focused on marine pollution, marine protection and climate-related impacts on the ocean.
The Ocean Conference welcomed participants from around the globe to reaffirm many of the voluntary commitments made at recent United Nation’s conference in support to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 held in June this year.