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The Seychelles – Vietnam Business Forum

“Fostering economic partnership”

Venue – Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Headquarters, 9 Dao Duy Anh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thursday 29th August 2013
8:30 am – 9:00 am

Registration of participants

(Tea and Coffee provided)

9:00 am – 9:35 am

Opening ceremony

8:45 am      Arrival of Official delegation

8:58 am      Arrival of Presidential Delegation

9:00 am      Welcoming Remarks by the President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

9:05 am       Key note address by H.E. President James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles

9:15 am      Remarks by Mr Marco Francis, the Chairperson of Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry

9:25 am       Concluding remarks by Ambassador Philippe Le Gall, Non - Resident Ambassador for Seychelles to Vietnam

9:30 am to 9:50 am

The Seychelles Trade and Investment Environment


Mr Rupert Horace Simeon, Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Investment Board (SIB) – Established in 2004, SIB is the one-stop-shop for investment in Seychelles and promotes / facilitates the development of investment and business activities in Seychelles.

Mr Craig Heeger, Executive Chairman, Eden Island Seychelles -  Eden Island is a residential marina development located just a few hundred metres from the main island of Seychelles.  The island hosts exclusive freehold title homes that can be accessed via private waterways.

9:50 am - 10:10 am

The Uniqueness of Seychelles Tourism


Mr Alan Renaud, Head of Corporate Planning, Air Seychelles - Air Seychelles began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Mauritius, and also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services.

Mr Jean Luc Lai-Lam, Regional Manager of the Seychelles Tourism Board for Asia & Australasia (excluding India & South Korea) based in Hong Kong, Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) - STB is a public/private sector body mainly responsible for implementing Seychelles' national tourism policy, promoting the destination, product development, monitoring of standards and coordinating with its tourism offices, representative agencies and Tourism Ambassadors abroad.

10:10 am to 10:20 am

The Potential of our Blue economy - Fisheries Sector


Mr Roy Clarisse, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) – SFA is the executive arm of Government for fisheries and fisheries related matters.  It was established to sustainably develop the fishing industry to its fullest potential and safeguard this important resource.

10:20 am to 10:30 am

The Potential for Trade with Seychelles and the Region


Ms Veronique Laporte, Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles Trading Company Ltd (STCL) – STC is fully owned by the Government of Seychelles and started its operations on March 1st 2008 with the aim to provide quality goods and services at reasonable prices within the reach of every household. It operates in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FCMG) sector and is the market leader for import and distribution of a wide range of commodities and consumer products in Seychelles. STC specialises in warehousing, wholesale, retail including duty free shops, distribution for inner-island coverage and light manufacturing.

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am to 12:00 noon

One to one meetings

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm