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Successful Ministerial Discussions Held at the Global Supply Chain Forum in Barbados

Successful Ministerial Discussions Held at the Global Supply Chain Forum in Barbados

Barbados, 25th May 2024 - The Minister for Transport of Seychelles, Mr. Antony Derjacques, engaged in fruitful discussions with the Minister of Transportation, Communication, and Information Technology of the Marshall Islands, Mr. Hilton Kendall, yesterday on the sidelines of the Global Supply Chain Forum held in Barbados.

The ministerial meeting provided a valuable opportunity for the two ministers to exchange views on common challenges faced by both Seychelles and the Marshall Islands. Minister Derjacques highlighted global issues impacting Seychelles, such as climate change, exclusion from major shipping routes, and other vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Both Minister Derjacques and Minister Kendall emphasized the necessity for proper access to funding and the importance of resources for conducting essential research.

The discussion also addressed the proposed levy on CO2 emissions for ships, with the Marshall Islands advocating for a minimum charge of $150 per ton of CO2-equivalent. This proposal, if implemented, would significantly increase fuel costs for shippers by adding hundreds of dollars for every ton of oil burned.

During the meeting, Minister Derjacques received a formal invitation to join the 6-PAC, an alliance originally comprising the Marshall Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Kiribati, with Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Samoa joining later. Additionally, Minister Kendall appealed for Seychelles to participate in the International Maritime Organization Council meeting of Ministers and SIDS, scheduled for this September, tabled by the Pacific Islands at which several Climate Change issues tabled for consideration by the Pacific Island States. Minister Derjacques will consider the invitation.

Concluding the meeting, both ministers expressed a keen interest in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would be mutually beneficial for both countries.

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