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PRESIDENT MICHEL’S STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS REITERATES THE IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE-CENTERED DECISION-MAKING

The President of the Republic H.E. Mr. James Alix Michel delivering his addressThe President of the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Mr. James Alix Michel delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the National Assembly on Thursday 26th February, 2015.

In his address yesterday evening, the President expressed his great satisfaction at the level of progress that Seychelles has achieved over the years, evidenced by the propitious performance of national economic indicators. He reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the development of the tourism and fisheries sectors: the country’s main economic powerhouses. He also cautioned that fiscal discipline is mandatory if the country is to reduce its overall debt to 50% of the Gross National Product by 2018. It is noteworthy that US$30M of the national debt will soon be transferred to a fund for marine protection under the Debt-For-Climate Change Adaptation Initiative. TThe President of the Republic welcomed by the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminiehe President also underscored the need for reforms to the tax administration system to curb tax avoidance and announced the introduction of the SME Incentive Act to support and incite Seychellois entrepreneurship.

H.E. Mr. Michel also pledged his commitment to improve the Seychelles’ ease of doing business ranking by facilitating access to credit and simplifying tax payment procedures. He added that the Government has plans to gradually increase retirement pension provided economic conditions are favourable over the next five years.

Ministers in attendanceMedia focus was on the President declaring the cancellation of the Cap Ternay development project as well as the 52 plots of land ready for allotment. Equally well received were President Michel’s announcements regarding the reduction in fuel and utility prices and the introduction of the five-day Paternity leave.

The ceremony took place at the National Assembly precinct in the presence of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie, Ministers and Members of the National Assembly. Senior members of the Government and Judiciary, dignitaries and other distinguished guests were also in attendance.


* State of the Nation Address by President James Alix Michel, 26th February 2015

 

Monday 23rd February, 2015

PRESIDENT MICHEL TO DELIVER STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS ON THURSDAY 26TH FEBRUARY, 2015

The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel will deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the National Assembly on Thursday 26th February, 2015 at 1700hrs.

The National Assembly’s next sitting will be on 2nd March, 2015 at 0900hrs and will feature the replies of the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. David Pierre, and the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Marie-Antoinette Rose, to the Presidential address.

The debate will continue on 3rd and 4th March, 2015 with interventions from the other Members of the National Assembly.

 

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RECEIVES A GENEROUS DONATION FROM THE SEYCHELLES CHINA FRIENDSHIP AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

The Clerk receiving the donation from Dr. ToThe National Assembly is the fortunate beneficiary of twelve Lenovo laptop computers donated by the Seychelles China Friendship and Business Association.

Dr. Sidney To, Acting Head of the Seychelles Consulate General in Shanghai, presented the donation to the Ag. Clerk of the National Assembly, Ms. Shelda Commettant, during a short ceremony at the National Assembly on Thursday 5th February, 2015.

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THE SPEAKER TO CALL SPECIAL SITTING TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF FOUR NEW CABINET MINISTERS

The Speaker, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie has called a special sitting of the National Assembly on Friday 30th January, 2015 to vote on motions to approve the appointment by the President, Mr. James Michel of Mr. Wallace Jude Keith Cosgrow, Mr. Etienne Didier Cesar Dogley, Mr. Michael Michel Jean Benstrong and Mr. Charles Robert Bastienne as Ministers. This is in line with Order 16 of the Standing Order and Article 69 (2) of the Constitution.

 
SPECIAL SITTING

Friday 30th January 2015:

- Order Paper

- Motions

LAST SITTINGS

Monday 22nd December - Verbatim

Friday 19th December - Verbatim

Thursday 18th December - Verbatim

Wednesday 17th December - Verbatim

Monday 15th December - Order Paper - Budget Speech

Minister Laporte to Deliver Budget Speech

The Minister for Finance, Trade and Investment, Mr. Pierre Laporte will deliver the budget address for the year 2015 tomorrow Monday 15th December, 2014. In his speech Minister Laporte will introduce and request the Assembly’s approval of the Appropriation Bill, 2015 which seeks to provide for the payment out of the Consolidated Fund a sum of SCR5,937,647 required by the Budget for 2015.

NEXT SITTING

The National Assembly is currently in recess and will resume with the State of Nation Address.

Sittings for Term Three, 2014:

Monday 22nd December Order Paper
Verbatim
Friday 19th December
Order Paper
Verbatim
Thursday 18th December Order Paper
Verbatim
Wednesday 17th December
Order Paper
Verbatim
Monday 15th December Order Paper
Verbatim
Wednesday 10th December
Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 9th December Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 25th November
Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 18th November Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 11th November
Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 4th November Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 28th October
Order Paper
Verbatim
Tuesday 21th October Order Paper
Verbatim
 
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