The Republic of Seychelles proposes increasing cooperation with Vietnam in tourism, fishery, the environment and maritime transport.
President of the Republic of Seychelles James Alix Michel will pay an official visit to Vietnam from August 28-29 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang.
Since the establishment of Vietnam-Seychelles diplomatic ties in 1979, both nations conducted some exchange visits including former Seychelles President Albert Rene’s visit to Vietnam in 1980, Foreign Minister Jeremie Bonnelarme’s visit to Hanoi for the 7th Francophonie Summit in 1997, Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam’s visit in 2010 for the second Vietnam-Africa seminar and the visit to Seychelles in 1979 by ambassador and presidential envoy Vu Hac Bong.
In recent years, Vietnam-Seychelles cooperative relations have seen gradual developments after Seychelles ambassador Philippe Le Gall to Beijing was officially appointed as non-resident ambassador to Vietnam in 2009.
Vietnam is regarded as one of the three priotized partners for Seychelles to boost cooperation in Asia along with China and India.
The two countries have signed a number of agreements on economic, cultural and technical cooperation in 2010 and visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders in 2011. They are working together to appoint Seychelles honorary ambassador to Hanoi soon.
In late 1980s, Vietnam dispatched five agricultural experts to help Seychelles develop agriculture. Only 20 Vietnamese workers are working on the tourism and hotel industry in Seychelles.
Last year’s two-way trade reached US$2.2 million including US$1.3 million worth of Vietnamese exports which primarily included rice, chemical products and fishing nets.
Seychelles tops the seven African investors in Vietnam with 8 projects capitalized at US$33.6 million (as of June 2013), focusing on the processing and food canning industry./.