President Wavel Ramkalawan, accompanied by Vice President Ahmed Afif, led a high-level delegation of government officials and heads of various agencies for a full-day working visit to Praslin and La Digue Island on Friday.
On Praslin, President Ramkalawan was received by the elected members of the National Assembly from the two districts of Praslin, H.E. Churchill Gill for Baie Ste Anne Praslin and the Hon. Wavel Woodcock for Grand Anse Praslin. The Proportional Elected Member, Hon. Doyace Porice, was also present.
The tour began with arrival at the Cargo Jetty Terminal followed by the site of the new Inter-Island Passenger Jetty. The delegation then proceeds to the site of the proposed ‘Kato Nwar’ marina, the Baie St Anne main road and roundabout, the Seychelles Fisheries Authority (SFA) ice plant facility, the market and the area proposed recovery. All the new projects recommended and expansion phases being considered present ample investment opportunities and increased commercial activities for Praslin Island.
During the tour, the President briefly discussed the technical aspects of the projects to be carried out and it was an opportunity for the delegation to exchange views, raise pertinent issues and propose solutions while on site.
Other key locations visited during the morning session at Baie St Anne included a designated fish trap area, Dream Yachts and the Baie Ste Anne Jetty. In each of the places, the relevant officials shared and discussed options with the Head of State and other members of the delegation.
The president also visited the Grans Anse Praslin district, w. he viewed a site next to the new ice plant for potential commercial and recreational development opportunities. The delegation concluded its visit to Praslin at the existing jetty at Baie St Anne, w. the new SDF Seychelles Coast Guard Praslin facility will be located.
During the afternoon session of the visit, the delegation continued its tour of La Digue Island, which began at the site w. the Port Expansion project is being developed.
The delegation then visited the construction site of the new Hospital in L’Union, w. the president had the opportunity to see first-hand the progress of the building.
The delegation also visited parts of the ‘L’Union Estate, w. a new proposed location for the new La Digue sewage plant was identified. The visit was an opportunity to discuss other pertinent issues on the island that require intervention and action.
At the end of his visits, speaking to the press, the President said that he is extremely satisfied with the progress of the various projects seen and expressed the hope that the proposed new projects can also be started soon after the necessary public consultations are completed.
He also reiterated that his administration is interested in promoting projects that will benefit the entire nation and its communities and that anyone who is willing to contribute to this development at any level is welcome to do so. He emphasized that growth and investment opportunities are available to everyone, particularly Seychellois, and urged them once the projects are launched to participate and contribute to their island.
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