Ivory Coast seeks bilateral commission with Seychelles to advance tourism, agriculture
Ambassador Amos Djadan is hoping to open a consulate in the Seychelles. (Thomas Meriton, Seychelles Nation)
(Seychelles News Agency) - Ivory Coast hopes to create a mixed bilateral cooperation commission with Seychelles to help with economic advancement in the tourism and fishing sectors, said the West African nation's newly accredited ambassador.
Ambassador Amos Djadan was accredited on Tuesday at a ceremony at State House, Victoria, Seychelles' capital.
“The creation of a mixed bilateral cooperation commission will become an open door for the signature of other sectoral agreements,” said Djadan.
Signature of agreements between the two countries “will allow Ivory Coast and Seychelles to develop themselves in various economic activities and we are hoping that this will be done soon as it is of urgency for me and the president.”
|The Ivorian Ambassador talked about several areas of cooperation in his meeting with President Faure. (Thomas Meriton, Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY|
Exchanging expertise and experience within the tourism, fishing and agricultural industry are other points that the two high officials touched upon.
“We would like to exchange agricultural products with Seychelles and even products related to fisheries,” said Djadan.
Tourism and Fishing are the top two contributors to the economy of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
He added that the two countries need to add value to these sectors through commercial exchanges. Experts from the Seychelles and Ivory Coast should be encouraged to visit each other and exchange knowledge of best practices.
Ivory Coast also called upon Seychelles to “share the vision we have to take this bilateral cooperation higher within the south-south cooperation for a stronger Africa, especially when facing global challenges.”
“We are ready for our commercial and expert exchange in all the sector of the economy will help us to develop this solidarity within Africa,” said Djadan.
The ambassador paid a visit to the vice-president, Vincent Meriton, who also shared this vision to make Africa a force.
Seychelles and Ivory Coast established bilateral relations in April 1989.
“I am hoping to open a consulate here in the Seychelles, the documents of which are being processed,” said Djadan.
The newly accredited ambassador will be based in Pretoria, South Africa.