Namibia to learn from Seychelles

27 Jun 2016 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - Cabinet has given its approval for Namibia to learn best practices from Seychelles on how to manage marine resources through its ‘Blue Economy’ concept.
The Seychelles is championing the Blue Economy as its future sustainable development model that includes research, eco-tourism, coastal and marine conservation and restoration, climate change adaptation, as well as contributions from national and international partners.
At a media briefing last Thursday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya said Cabinet took note of the report of the Commonwealth open-ended ministerial working group meeting held on 14 May 2016 in Seychelles. The fourth global biennial conference on small states was held in Seychelles from 12 to 13 May 2016.
“Cabinet approved that Namibia should learn best practices from Seychelles on how to manage its marine resources through the Blue Economy concept and that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources here be directed to conduct a benchmarking study tour,” he said.
Seychelles’ term as chair to the ministerial working group will come to an end in October 2016.
The next ministerial working group meeting will be held in New York in September 2016 on the margins of a United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting.
Trade, debt and accessing financing to help small states achieve Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development were some of the few of the priority issues small states and development partners tackled at the meeting in May in Seychelles.
The current global outlook on small states - countries at the sharp end of development challenges - has largely been influenced by recent international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Agenda on Development Finance and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework on Climate Change.