Joy on the streets: Opposition supporters celebrate
5th November 2020
By Lewis Betsy Well, no one could have imagined that a result such as this was on the cards. We had hoped and prayed that Wavel John Charles Ramkalawan would do enough to become President of... more...
Gerard Hoarau: Mass to honour his memory in Seychelles
26th October 2020
 By Lewis Betsy I have long felt that it was time that the life of Gerard Hoarau be officially honoured in his homeland.Now a small but significant step has been taken in that direction.His ... more...
Contender: Alain St Ange for One Seychelles
22nd September 2020
By Lewis Betsy Seychelles is now truly in election mode with politics the main talking point everywhere you go.As we have both the Presidential and National Assembly elections held simultaneously... more...
Mutual support: Left, Shanna Charlette, Lewis, Jude Monaie and Rena Baccarie at the Quarantine Centre in Berjaya
11th September 2020
By Lewis Betsy I returned to my beloved Seychelles last month, but my homecoming was not what I really wanted. I couldn’t visit anywhere, or meet my friends straight away. Instead, I had to... more...
Lewis Betsy: We must work together to rebuild Seychelles
14th August 2020
 By Lewis Betsy Seychelles needs a big change and this October is the time to make it happen.For the first time, we have the Presidential elections running alongside the National Assembly el... more...
Disaster on the horizon: The MV Wakashio aground on a coral reef
11th August 2020
Mauritius is preparing for a “worst-case scenario” after a cargo ship ran aground on a coral reef and 1,000 tonnes of oil poured into the sea.The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, which w... more...
Ecstatic: The Real Maldives squad celebrate their promotion
30th July 2020
Talk about leaving it late… Real Maldives won promotion in a hard-fought match with just one minute to spare at Stad Linite. The Anse-Etoile based club saw Josip Ravinia score their only goal t... more...
Patrick Pillay: “Corruption should be tackled”
9th July 2020
President Faure has spoken eloquently of the “fragility” of Seychelles and it being “one nation under God”. But he has sparked opposing reactions by saying that as the country ... more...

President Faure flies flag for Seychelles at Commonwealth meeting

9th May 2018

Praise: President Danny Faure with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Praise: President Danny Faure with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

President Faure kept the profile of Seychelles high during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.

He congratulated Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the Canadian government pledged its support to small island states (Sids) such as Seychelles in tackling climate challenges.

President Faure expressed his appreciation that Canada will be a strong advocate for the small states as it takes over the presidency of the G7.

He went on: “Seychelles is pleased to push forward the importance of the Blue Economy, as it represents the next frontier for our economies. The Blue Economy represents an opportunity for us to collectively share our aspirations and the good work that we have been doing.”

Mr Faure also met with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, and Harriett Baldwin, the UK's Minister of State for Africa.

Handshake: Mr Faure and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Handshake: Mr Faure and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

The President had attended the formal opening of the CHOGM at Buckingham Palace and with other heads of state and government from the 52 Commonwealth countries later took part in a retreat at Windsor Castle. 

Invited to make an address by the Royal Institute of International Affairs of Chatham House, Mr Faure spoke about Seychelles’ approach and vision for sustainable development, where he impressed the need for building strong institutions, robust legal frameworks, mechanisms of accountability, and most importantly, the inclusion of citizens’ consultations.

He said: “We are a small island nation, but we have a story to tell the world.”

Historic venue: Mr Faure and other heads of State at Windsor Castle
Historic venue: Mr Faure and other heads of State at Windsor Castle

To celebrate and promote the values of the Commonwealth, the British High Commission in Seychelles hosted four themed ‘Big Lunches’. As reported earlier, Seychelles Life, the Seychelles High Commission and the Commonwealth Office hosted a similar event in London.

The 2018 Meeting was significant in another way too: It was the last one for the Queen – Prince Charles will now take her place as head of the Commonwealth. The role is not hereditary, but the Queen, who is 92, used the CHOGM gathering to say it was her “sincere wish” to be succeeded by her son.

Latest News

My great joy as Ramkalawan becomes President of the Republic of Seychelles
5th November 2020
Joy on the streets: Opposition supporters celebrate
By Lewis Betsy Well, no one could have imagined that a result such as this was on the cards. We… more...
Seychelles hero Gerard Hoarau to be remembered in homeland Mass
26th October 2020
Gerard Hoarau: Mass to honour his memory in Seychelles
 By Lewis Betsy I have long felt that it was time that the life of Gerard Hoarau be officially… more...
With the elections hotting up, I urge every Seychellois to vote… and honour those who have suffered for us
22nd September 2020
Contender: Alain St Ange for One Seychelles
By Lewis Betsy Seychelles is now truly in election mode with politics the main talking point… more...
What I learned during my 14 days of quarantine in Seychelles
11th September 2020
Mutual support: Left, Shanna Charlette, Lewis, Jude Monaie and Rena Baccarie at the Quarantine Centre in Berjaya
By Lewis Betsy I returned to my beloved Seychelles last month, but my homecoming was not what… more...
Our October elections will give us the chance to change history in Seychelles. We must seize that opportunity
14th August 2020
Lewis Betsy: We must work together to rebuild Seychelles
 By Lewis Betsy Seychelles needs a big change and this October is the time to make it… more...
Oil spill threatens major disaster for Mauritius
11th August 2020
Disaster on the horizon: The MV Wakashio aground on a coral reef
Mauritius is preparing for a “worst-case scenario” after a cargo ship ran aground on… more...
I had to keep my cool, says coach Don Anacoura after Real Maldive’s nail-biting promotion battle
30th July 2020
Ecstatic: The Real Maldives squad celebrate their promotion
Talk about leaving it late… Real Maldives won promotion in a hard-fought match with just… more...
Covid-19, cohabitation and corruption… opposition leaders outline how they will ‘save Seychelles’ if they win the Presidential election
9th July 2020
Patrick Pillay: “Corruption should be tackled”
President Faure has spoken eloquently of the “fragility” of Seychelles and it being… more...
November's News
News Archive