Manzini presented his credentials to Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan on Tuesday. (Nation of Seychelles)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Tackling corruption and improving the skills of health workers are two areas that Seychelles and South Africa will focus on in their bilateral relationssaid the newly accredited South African High Commissioner.
Hlamalani Manzini made the statement on Tuesday after presenting his credentials to Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House in the capital, Victoria.
“Our relationship is going to be strong because we have similarities in what we want to pursue: clean government through fighting corruption, developing skills to improve our trade, and also making sure we train scientists who can get things done,” Manzini said.
An interest in working on the development of the skills of Seychellois citizens in the field of health, in particular when the training of doctors and nurses was also mentioned. Manzini and Ramkalawan also spoke of developing the skills and techniques of security guards, especially the police, so that they are better equipped to deal with drug trafficking.
“We have agreed to share our skills in this area and to send our staff and canine unit etc to try to help and provide skills to the Seychellois people so that they can deal with the difficult issues that we are facing. are facing,” Manzini said.
She said that South Africa attaches great importance to Seychelles because of its peaceful nature and its experience, especially in the field of fishing, and this is something that can be shared.
Anti-corruption is another key area and discussions focused on how South Africa has led the way in the fight against corruption.
“The president is keen to learn the techniques of fighting corruption in Seychelles,” Manzini said.
With relations dating back to 1993, health and education are two existing areas of bilateral relations between South Africa and the Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
After her accreditation, the high commissioner appealed to the vice-president of Seychelles, Ahmed Afif.
Before leaving Seychelles on Wednesday, Manzini will also meet with other senior officials from foreign affairs, fisheries, health, blue economy and the agricultural sector.