"St. Ange Mis-steps with Comores For Tourism" .....another promotion in Brazil?
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, and his counterpart from the Comoros, Minister Bahiat Massoundi, the Comoros Minister responsible for Post Offices, Telecommunication, new Information Technology, Communication, Transport and Tourism, met for a working meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moroni.
Discussions at the meeting centered on bilateral cooperation between Comoros and the Seychelles in the field of tourism development. Both Ministers were following the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands meeting that was being held for the first time in Comoros to coincide with the Tourism Trade Open Door event of Comoros aimed to sensitize the general public and the youth of Comoros on the importance on tourism as an industry for wealth creation.
The Ministers meeting was described to the press by both the Seychelles and Comoros Ministers as having been frank, cordial and positive.
It was decided that a follow-up meeting between the two Indian Ocean Island Ministers would be held in Seychelles in January 2014 at the same time that the Foreign Affairs Ministers from the Indian Ocean Commission would be meeting in Seychelles to mark the 30th anniversary of that regional organization.
The Ministry of Tourism from both the Comoros and the Seychelles will now work on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of having it signed when the Ministers meet in Seychelles in January.
An area of cooperation discussed is access for Comoros students to the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Air access between the Indian Ocean Islands as well as visa requirements for easy access between the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands for islanders from Member States were also tabled and discussed.
Accompanying Minister St.Age at this Inter-island cooperation meeting was Nathalie Didon, the Deputy CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.