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Minister Antony Derjacques engages in High-Level Discussions at the Global Supply Chain Forum in Barbados

Barbados, May 23, 2024 – Minister for Transport, Mr. Antony Derjacques, joined global leaders from Fiji, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Guyana, Curaçao, Barbados, and Martinique, as well as private sector leaders and representatives from international organizations, at the Global Supply Chain Forum held in Barbados from 21st to 24th May, 2024.

The opening ceremony, held Tuesday, was attended by notable figures including UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebecca Grynspan, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, and the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley. The speakers emphasized the urgent need to transform global supply chains, particularly addressing the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The Forum served as a critical platform for sharing knowledge, best practices, and developing actionable strategies to improve global supply chains. It underscored the urgency of addressing the challenges faced by SIDS and the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to work towards a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient future for global trade.

Minister Derjacques participated in the Plenary High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on SIDS: Key Challenges and Opportunities, moderated by H.E. Mr. Matthew Wilson, Ambassador of Barbados to the United Nations in Geneva, the World Trade Organization, and other international organizations. This dialogue aimed to foster collaboration and formulate actionable solutions to enhance efficiency, sustainability, and resilience in SIDS' supply chains.

Drawing from Seychelles' unique experience as a Small Island Developing State, Minister Derjacques highlighted key challenges the country has faced due to recent crises and disruptions affecting transportation and logistics. He specifically addressed the severe disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the cost of living, and Seychelles' efforts to reopen its airport.

Minister Derjacques emphasized the vulnerabilities of SIDS and the financial challenges they face in funding major projects. “As a high-income country, Seychelles faces specific problems because we do not have access to concessionary funding for development like other developing states. A Multidimensional Vulnerability Index would help recognize our specific challenges,” he stated.

He also discussed how Seychelles is often bypassed by major shipping lanes, necessitating the Port of Victoria Rehabilitation & Extension project to modernize the port and attract more shipping traffic. Regarding the Seychelles International Airport, he mentioned the ongoing process to finalise a master plan.

The Minister also highlighted the impact of climate change on SIDS, including coastal and road infrastructure erosion, which often requires rebuilding in different areas and at different elevations.

Throughout the event, there was a strong sentiment of multilateral cooperation, with speakers advocating for collaborative efforts to mitigate supply chain disruptions and enhance regional strategies. The role of international organizations in fostering such collaboration was emphasized as crucial for achieving sustainable development in all regions.

The Forum recognised the need for ports and logistics to adapt to the evolving global trade landscape and provide alternative routes in response to natural disasters or geopolitical tensions. A recurring theme was the call for a reformed global financial architecture to create fair opportunities for developing countries to engage in global trade and investment. The Bridgetown Initiative was highlighted as a significant step towards addressing financial and policy challenges hindering the development of SIDS.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley passionately spoke about Barbados' historical role and potential future as a hub for responsible business conduct, decent work in supply chains, and policies promoting equity and fairness.

Minister Derjacques is accompanied on this overseas mission by the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority, Captain Daniel Adam.

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The Ministry of Transport’s representative took part in the “Africa Workshop on Used Electric Vehicles, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity”

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Sustainability Unit, through the Global Electric Mobility Programme organized the “Africa Workshop on Used Electric Vehicles, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity” that took place on the 24th to 25th April 2024 at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi. The Chief Technical Advisor from the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Elvis Octave, and the Quality and Standards Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment Ms. Michelle Azemia, attended the workshop.

The workshop brought together participants from 15 African countries implementing national e-mobility projects supported by UNEP, including 4 Regional / sub-regional African supra-national bodies (AU / ECOWAS / EAC / SADC); Global partners including academia / donors / existing initiatives and alliances active in the field of sustainability of EV batteries (e.g. UC Davis / Global Battery Alliance / Transport &Environment);  the EV industry in the global north and from the African continent; and International organizations & financing institutions (UN / MDBs etc.). 

The objective of the workshop was to kick-start discussions around used Electric Vehicles and lithium battery end-of-life & circularity on the African continent with a focus on how to:

1)      Ensure only good quality used electric vehicles are allowed to come to Africa.

2)      Support repairability of electric vehicles on the continent.

3)      Introduce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and other mechanisms for Original       Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or vehicle importers for end-of-life electric vehicles and lithium batteries.

4)      Develop standards and guidelines for the collection, storage, and transportation of used electric vehicle batteries: 

         a)      For local reuse of the EV batteries (e.g. for energy storage or for re-assembly of new battery                          packs based on used cells state)

         b)      For recycling and reintegration into global EV battery value chains so as not to lose valuable raw                    materials.

         c)      For safe disposal of waste materials.

This workshop was the starting point of a consultative process on how to deal with battery end-of-life in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). UNEP’s e-mobility programme will build on the outcomes of this Africa workshop to set-up a new Global Partnership on Used EVs, Battery End-of-Life & Circularity in LMICs, which will be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Seychelles Bids Farewell to Principal Secretary Alan Renaud: A Legacy of Progress in Aviation & Maritime Sectors

After a distinguished five-and-a-half-year tenure marked by significant advancements in aviation, maritime safety, and border security, Mr. Alan Renaud bids farewell to his role as Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine in the Republic of Seychelles.

With over two decades of experience in the transportation industry, Mr. Alan Renaud significantly advanced Seychelles' aviation and maritime sectors through strategic initiatives, international partnerships, and infrastructure development.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Strengthened International Cooperation: Under his guidance, Seychelles acceded to nine new air treaties and seven new maritime treaties, fostering stronger international partnerships and compliance with global standards, including aviation security treaties such as the Beijing Convention and the Montreal Convention, and maritime treaties related to Maritime Pollution (MARPOL) and bunkers, Wrecks Convention, Anti-Fouling.
  • Enhanced Maritime Safety: He played a pivotal role in inaugurating the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority Bill in February 2020.
  • Spearheaded Critical Border Modernization:
    • Streamlined Efficiency: Mr Renaud spearheaded the implementation of a state-of-the-art electronic Travel Authorization System (eTA) in September 2020, significantly reducing processing times and queues. This initiative, energized by the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, facilitated the safe reopening of Seychelles' borders under a new administration in October 2020. The successful implementation of this project, recognized by different governments, demonstrated Alan’s dedication and commitment to future-proofing Seychelles' travel industry.
    • Strengthened Security: The border management system ensured compliance with international standards, significantly strengthening border security and positioning Seychelles as a leader in border management practices. Furthermore, the system stands ready to adapt to the forthcoming advance passenger information standard for cruise ships, as mandated by the IMO Facilitation Committee.
    • Biometric Corridor launch: In December 2021, Alan spearheaded the successful launch of Africa's first biometric corridor at an international airport.
  • Airport Masterplan Project: He co-led the Project Committee for the airport masterplan review, securing Seychelles' interests and fostering collaboration between the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority and Abu Dhabi Airports Company.
  • Upgraded Ports Infrastructure: In a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Transport and the Seychelles Ports Authority, additional funding of EUR 72 million was secured for the modernization and enlargement of Port Victoria.
  • Expanded Bilateral Air Service Agreements: Under his leadership, Seychelles pursued and expanded Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASAs) with determination, almost reaching 100 agreements during his tenure, and poised to achieve this milestone by the end of 2024. Notably, Seychelles welcomed the entry of new airlines such as Aeroflot and Arkia, while increasing frequencies in existing agreements, and facilitated the opening of new routes for Air Seychelles, including destinations like Kazakhstan. These agreements are pivotal for Seychelles' future economy, facilitating increased tourism and trade opportunities.
  • Ensured Air Seychelles' Future Stability: Additionally, he played a pivotal role as Principal Secretary in negotiations with Air Seychelles' bondholders, contributing significantly to securing the airline's future. His expertise and strategic guidance were instrumental in navigating these complex negotiations, ensuring the continued stability and growth of Seychelles' national carrier. Moreover, Mr. Renaud implemented measures to safeguard the critical ground handling services provided by Air Seychelles starting in 2018, demonstrating his foresight and commitment to preserving essential infrastructure for the nation's aviation sector.
  • Secured UK Funding and Delivered Modern Bathymetric Charts: Alan's leadership was instrumental in securing 2.2 million GBP in funding from the UK Government to modernize Seychelles' critical Bathymetric Charts, significantly enhancing navigational safety in Seychelles' waters.

Initiated Projects

  • Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority Restructuring and Airport Masterplan Development: He led the initiative to restructure the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) into two distinct entities: a service provider and a regulatory body. Recognizing the complexity of this endeavour and the challenges faced in previous attempts, Alan proactively sought the assistance of a leading aviation consulting firm. Collaborating closely with the SCAA, they developed a comprehensive plan for the separation, including new policies and expanded regulatory powers crucial for the implementation of the new airport masterplan. This strategic partnership ensured that Seychelles had access to world-class support, guaranteeing the highest quality and best outcomes for these critical projects. The proposed bills for the restructuring are anticipated to be presented before the National Assembly in the coming weeks. Additionally, the involvement of the consulting firm extends to the analysis and support of the airport masterplan development, further underscoring Alan's commitment to driving progress and protecting Seychelles' interests in the aviation sector.
  • National Aviation Policy Development: Recognizing the importance of a clear roadmap for the future, Mr. Renaud led the development of a comprehensive National Aviation Policy for Seychelles. This 60+ page document, which involved extensive stakeholder consultations, covers a wide range of topics including market analysis, workforce development, airline development and connectivity, safety and security, air traffic management, airport planning, environmental sustainability, and intermodal connectivity.
  • Modernization of the Maritime Accident Investigation Board (MAIB): Renaud spearheaded the initiative to restructure the MAIB, enabling the organization to better fulfil national expectations and international obligations. Budgetary allocations were significantly increased, and a comprehensive Investigation Manual based on the principles established by the Marine Accident Investigators International Forum (MAAIF) was drafted.

 

Pioneering Solutions for the Maritime Sector

His foresight and commitment to the maritime sector were further exemplified by his actions during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ensuring Seafarer Well-being: When the pandemic first led to port and airport closures in 2020, Alan oversaw the development of safe protocols for crew changes on fishing vessels. This critical initiative, guided by the Public Health Authority, balanced crew welfare with public health concerns, ensuring safe crew changes while mitigating the risk of outbreaks in Seychelles. He presented these challenges and solutions, particularly the effectiveness of using charter aircraft for crew changes, at the IMO's Eastern and Southern Africa region webinar on October 23, 2020. This innovative approach was well-received and noted by the IMO, demonstrating Alan's commitment to international collaboration and knowledge sharing, and showcasing Seychelles leadership.
  • Spearheaded Safe Resumption of Cruise Tourism: Following an 18-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alan spearheaded a collaborative effort with the Health Authority, Tourism Department, and Ports Authority to safely resume cruise ship arrivals in November 2021. This initiative was crucial for Seychelles' tourism-dependent economy.

 

Key Achievements

  • Developed Stringent Health Protocols: Under his leadership, comprehensive COVID-19 protocols were established for both cruise operators (checklist) and port authorities (management plan). These protocols, aligned with newly developed European standards promulgated by the IMO, ensured a controlled environment for incoming vessels and minimized the risk of outbreaks.
  • Enhanced Border Control System: Renaud oversaw the extension of the newly implemented border management system to include a dedicated maritime portal for advance passenger information. This digital platform provided a more efficient and secure method for processing cruise ship arrivals.
  • Digitalized Port Operations: In collaboration with the Department of Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, the Seychelles Ports Authority implemented the Port Victoria Management Information System (PVMIS) in 2023. This system digitizes incoming ship documents, streamlining operations for enhanced efficiency.

Prioritizing Efficiency and Security

In 2019, Seychelles' growing tourism industry, coupled with a limited infrastructure, led to delays, congestion, and potential security concerns, especially during peak travel periods. Additionally, the nation faced challenges related to drug use, illegal immigration, and the need for greater transparency at the border. These factors underscored the critical need for a modernized border management system.

Testimonials

Alan’s leadership propelled Seychelles' airport to become a model of efficiency, lauded by industry professionals. The country manager of a premier airline praised his dedication, highlighting the reduction in arrival wait times achieved through streamlined customs checks. A senior IATA member even called it the most organized arrival process they'd encountered. Implementing a bio-corridor, a dedicated pathway for swift and secure passenger movement, underscored Seychelles' commitment to inclusivity and innovation.

In his own words, Mr. Renaud reflects on his time at the Ministry: "It has been an honour to serve Seychelles in this capacity for the past five and a half years. Returning to contribute to the islands my parents cherished so deeply has been a privilege. I am incredibly proud of the progress we've made together in advancing our aviation and maritime sectors, knowing it has made a real difference. I am confident that the Ministry of Transport will continue its success under capable leadership, and I look forward to applying my experience to new challenges in the future."

International Recognition

Mr. Renaud’s contributions extended beyond Seychelles, as he represented the nation on the international stage, showcasing Seychelles' commitment to global cooperation through various engagements and speaking opportunities.

As Mr. Renaud departs, several key projects remain on track for completion. The Ministry is confident in a smooth transition as a capable successor takes the helm.

Mr. Renaud’s dedication and expertise will undoubtedly be a valuable asset in his future endeavors, and the Ministry of Transport wishes him all the best.

The Ministry will announce the appointment of a new Principal Secretary in due course.

 

Ministry of Transport Seychelles

Strengthening Transport Infrastructure: Successful official visit in Mauritius paves the way for High-Level Feasibility Study on land transport projects in Seychelles

The Ministry for Transport is pleased to announce the successful completion of an official visit to the Republic of Mauritius by Minister Antony Derjacques which took place from the 16th to 20th March 2024.   He was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Transport, Mr. Patrick Andre. To be noted that this official visit was initiated following the recent visit of the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Wavel Ramkalawan in Mauritius in February 2024 who showed interest in collaborating with Mauritius on exploring collaboration on road transport matters and infrastructures.

During the visit, Minister Derjacques engaged in fruitful discussions with the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Honourable A. Ganoo, G.C.S.K, the Minister of National Infrastructure and Community Development, Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram and Officers of the Land Drainage Authority. He also met representatives of the Land Transport Ministry, Officers of the Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit (TMRSU), the National Land Transport Authority (NLTA) and, the MEL. Minister Derjacques also had the opportunity to conduct site visits to different regions of the island to take stock of developments in terms of road and infrastructure, and visit to the SAJ Bridge; various flyovers, bypasses, and, raised platforms, amongst others.

Minister Derjacques also visited the Vehicle Examination Station of Plaine Lauzun to observe how fitness tests are performed in Mauritius. The visit was followed by a meeting with the Police Traffic Branch to take stock of procedures for the issuance of driving licenses.

Other highlights of his official visit included: a tour of the Photographic Enforcement Device Unit; a presentation of the Road Crash Data Management System and the IMAAP and Traffic Modelling by the TMRSU; meeting with Officers of the Road Development Authority to learn about major infrastructural development in Mauritius and, a meeting with the Mauritius Police Force with regards to the Safe City Camera System.

The Seychelles Minister and Mr. Andre in the presence of Honourable A. Ganoo took a trip on the Metro from Ebène to the Mahatma Gandhi Station at Réduit and back where they were given a brief on the system along the way. After the trip, Minister Derjacques attended a presentation on the Metro Express Project by the Chief Executive Officer for Metro Express Ltd. Dr. D. Mootanah CEO.  This involves how they planned the project and how they secured the funding until the Implementation and operation stages.

Following the official visit, Minister Derjacques expressed gratitude for the presentations and exposure received from the authorities concerned and commended Mauritius for the existing infrastructures and models used regarding safety measures.

“The visit was intense and it was an opportunity to exchange views and learn. We further deepened our cooperation and relationship and we expect a memorandum of understanding for a high-level feasibility study at the preliminary stage for land transport projects in Seychelles,” said the Minister following his official visit to Mauritius.

Both countries expressed satisfaction with the visit and the new direction being taken by the two respective ministries.

Ministry of Transport Seychelles

Government urges land owners to sign wayleave for South and West coast road project

Minister for Transport Antony Derjacques has issued a call to land owners of the South and West coast of Mahe to sign wayleave agreements, for the speedy progression of the ambitious south and west coast road development project.

Minister Derjacques made the plea yesterday during a visit to the project sites to assess the progress made thus far. The meeting point was the Anse Royale fun park, on to Maravi, Takamaka, Baie Lazare and Anse Boileau.

The project comprises construction of some 17.5 kilometers of new road infrastructure, from Anse Boileau, through Baie Lazare, Takamaka and Anse Royale. Additionally, it also consists of pavements, lighting, bus stops, culverts and drainage systems, with the aim of improving the lives of residents within the regions.

So far, some 30 percent of the entire project has been completed, and the ministry has managed to secure 54 percent of the required wayleave agreements from around 570 land owners. He called on citizens to afford government support, noting that the project is of national importance. 

“It is time for us to widen these roads, enlarge the roads, to construct pavements and identify places where we can have cycling for our people, towards safety and efficiency on the road. The main challenge is that we have to skip some plots where we are yet to secure way-leave and this affects the work flow,” said Minister Derjacques.

“I am making a major demand to Seychellois to please help us. We have reached 54 percent and we need to reach 100 percent. We need you for pavements, for roads, for safety and all related to the roads. You need to give us approval and consent for this project to become a reality. Please support this road,” Minister Derjacques urged.

There are various reasons why some wayleave agreements are yet to be signed, Minister Derjacques added. He noted that while some land owners are overseas, others have made certain demands such as the construction of a privacy wall, while negotiations are underway with others who do not fully understand the contract.

Although the project comprises four phases, all of the phases are ongoing simultaneously, with Benoiton Construction awarded the contract for the first phase in Anse Royale, as well as the third and fourth phases from Anse Boileau to Anse à La Mouche.

The second phase, from Maravi to Baie Lazare has been entrusted to United Concrete Products Seychelles (UCPS). At the Maravi site, major works are underway to break big boulders alongside the existing main road, for the planned road widening. Important infrastructure including railings and lights will be installed along the stretch of road.

Ending the visit at the Anse Boileau site, Minister Derjacques expressed satisfaction with the progress made on the various sites, confidently expressing that the project will transform the south and west coast, in addition to having a profound impact on motorists, residents and even the businesses operating in the regions. 

The development has been funded by the Abu Dhabi government, through the Abu Dhabi Fund for development, and is expected to amount to around US $25 million. The contractors were awarded following a selective bidding process, and it is unlikely that the project will incur any additional costs.

The accompanying photos show Minister Derjacques and his team visiting the different sites.

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Seychelles delegation at IMO assembly in London

A Seychelles delegation led by the Minister for Transport, Antony Derjacques, was recently in London, United Kingdom, for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Assembly.

The 33rd Assembly of the IMO held from November 27 to December 6, 2023 convened in London at the IMO headquarters, with all 175 states present, including Seychelles.

The IMO has extended its multimillion-dollar portfolio of international initiatives for this year's meeting in order to develop a culture of collaboration, creativity, and cooperation. These initiatives target a wide range of concerns, such as biofouling management, marine litter, and decarbonisation. They actively support national action plans, encourage innovation, and are compatible with the IMO's primary goal of ocean protection.

During this year’s event, Seychelles participated in the voting process to elect member States for the Council. The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the organisation.

Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The election took place on Friday, December 1, using an in-person secret ballot.

The IMO Assembly has elected the following states to be members of the Council for the 2024-2025 biennium:

Category (A) comprises 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services (listed in alphabetical order): China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Panama, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Category (B) consists of 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

Category (C): 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Türkiye.

Several remarks were made during the event by elected countries about the work they have done to promote marine safety in their country as well as what they have done to help other countries. The Seychelles delegation met with delegates from other member states such as the Philippines, Qatar, United Kingdom, the United States of America and Egypt to discuss technical cooperation between the states. Seychelles also submitted two accession documents to the IMO, namely the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks.

Minister Derjacques was accompanied at the event by the chief executive of the Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority, Captain Daniel Adam; the Acting High Commissioner of Seychelles in London, Patsy Moustache and the Policy Analyst responsible for the Maritime and Ports dossier at the Ministry of Transport, NickellaTirant.

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