Seychellois Peter Larose, the World Bank (WB) group executive director of Africa Group 1 Constituency, yesterday met President James Michel at State House to discuss and explore ways on how best to represent Seychelles further at the international institution.
Mr Larose is in the country on a working visit which forms part of his mandate.
A communiqué from State House said President Michel expressed his gratitude and that of the government of Seychelles for Mr Larose’s dedication to his duty and in representing Seychelles.
“I acknowledge and express Seychelles’ appreciation for the excellent work you have done a the World Bank as well as showing that as a small country, Seychelles can also produce women and men of quality to serve in those international positions. Not only representing Seychelles but other countries as well. I thank you for your support in not only promoting Seychelles but the cause of the small islands states and peace. The World Bank has always been a supportive partner in our economic and social development,” said President Michel.
The communiqué added that President Michel and Mr Larose also spoke about the excellent relations that continue to grow between Seychelles and the WB Group .
They also spoke about the different economic and social developments that Seychelles has achieved in recent years and the challenges it continues to face. Mr Larose took the opportunity to congratulate President Michel for his leadership in championing the issues of climate change and the Blue economy concept in the international arena.
Speaking to the local press after his discussions with President Michel, Mr Larose said:
“Seychelles enjoys an excellent relationship with the WB Group and it was an opportunity to discuss our country’s future. President Michel spoke about his vision for Seychelles up to 2030 which is very much in line with the WB Group’s goals to eradicate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity by 2030. I was very impressed by the discussions with President Michel’s vision, mission and planning to take Seychelles to a new level of development of which I believe we should be very grateful and give the President and his cabinet all the support necessary to achieve these in line with the WB Group mission.”
Speaking about his responsibilities representing all these countries, Mr Larose said it has not always been easy, challenges abound and each country has its own challenges, different levels of development and economic opportunities but for Seychelles which enjoys an excellent relationship with the WB Group, this has been different.
“Here there is a strong and dynamic team and strong planning; we should feel blessed and grateful for this excellent leadership,” Mr Larose pointed out.
Mr Larose’s mandate at the WB Group ends in October. From Seychelles he will be visiting Sierra Leone and Liberia.
It was in November 2014 that Mr Larose, who has been working with the WB Group since 2008, was appointed to the new position to represent 22 countries at the Board of the WB Group. The other countries of the Africa Group 1 Constituency are Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Source : Seychelles NATION