ategy of the two destinations, promoting the safari brand of Kenya and the beach brand of Seychelles.
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports, and Marine Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, during the State Visit to Kenya, signed an agreement on behalf of the Seychelles Tourism Board for a Joint Marketing Agreement with Kenya Airways, on April 4, 2017.
Following discussions with Kenya Airways, there is also the possibility of having a cargo plane flying in to Seychelles once a week. The service will begin as soon as the necessary groundwork and preparations are concluded in Seychelles.
Discussions to increase the frequency of Kenya Airways flights to Seychelles from four flights per week to five flights per week in the near future also took place. However, this will also depend on the effectiveness and success of the marketing strategy for the joint holiday package.
Kenya Airways and the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) will be coming to Seychelles in mid-May for further talks, which is expected to lead to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between STB and KTB.
With regards to training in the hospitality sector, Seychelles has decided to relook into the MoU between Kenya’s Utali College and the Seychelles Tourism Academy and increase exchanges.
CIVIL SOCIETY AND ESTABLISHMENT OF PARTNERSHIP AND EXCHANGES
Mr. Wilson Nancy, Chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce (SCCI), signed a MoU with the chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) on April 5, 2017.
Mr. Jules Hoareau, chairman of CEPS, also signed a MoU with the NGO Coordination Board and the Kenyan Civil Society on April 5, 2017.
DEFENSE AND SECURITY
The decision was taken for Seychelles to help Kenya build its Coast Guard so that they are prepared for the fight against illegal drugs trafficking, and IUU fishing via joint patrolling, training, and intelligence exchange.
PARLIAMENTARY DIPLOMACY AND EXCHANGE
Part of the Presidential Delegation were two members of the Seychelles National Assembly, Hon. Sylvanne Lemiel from Parti Lepep, and Hon. Ahmed Afif from Linyon Demokratik Seselwa. The two parliamentarians had the opportunity to meet the Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi.
Following these discussions that included an overview of how parliament operates in Kenya and best practices in place, it was agreed that there will be future exchanges between the two parliaments.
BILATERAL JOINT COMMISSION
Following the successful bilateral talks, it was agreed by the two countries to set up the first Bilateral Joint Commission. This event will take place in Seychelles in June or July 2017 and aims to follow-up on decisions taken in the State Visit and ensure there has been action within the timeframes set.
INVITATION FOR PRESIDENT KENYATTA TO VISIT SEYCHELLES
President Faure also extended a formal invitation to President Kenyatta to visit Seychelles.
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