The Blue Economy: Seychelles’ Vision for Sustainable Development in the Indian Ocean
Mr Jean Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
As a small developing island nation, the Seychelles’ economic growth – heavily based on tourism and tuna-fishing – is centred on its waters. The country is leading calls for a more inclusive global development agenda which emphasizes the economic potential of the seas while protecting maritime resources. As security off the east coast of Africa improves, the Seychelles government is supporting the development of a 'blue economy', using the Indian Ocean's resources for inclusive growth.
At this event, Foreign Minister Adam will discuss how the development of a ‘blue economy’ could enable the Indian Ocean to become a space where ongoing security efforts are matched by a focus on sustainability, resilience and responsibility, leading to economic prosperity for East Africa's coastal and island states.