2014: Seychelles - A Determined Island Nation
Tue, 31 December 2013
President James Michel has declared that the 2014 theme will be the International Year of Small Island Developing States: Seychelles – A Determined Island Nation, in order to recognise the leadership role of Seychelles as a small island developing state. It also follows the United Nations designation for 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States.
“We are a truly determined island state. We are conscious of our weaknesses, our constraints … But we are a resilient small nation. A small nation that has proved its resolve and resilience on countless occasions in the face of vicissitudes. We have faced them, we have overcome them against all odds, and we have emerged stronger and bolder, " said the President said in his televised address on New Year's eve.
The President called on the Seychellois people to show the whole world their mettle and determination and also cultivate and reinforce the values that define the small island state.
" We, as a determined island nation, have to continue to put emphasis on our diverse programmes of education, re-education, cultural appreciation, rehabilitation, apprenticeship, etc … These programmes should never lose their relevance, their raison d’être. Sustainable development cannot materialize without an ethos of hard work. It cannot happen without national unity and social harmony. Sustainable development thrives on respect -- for oneself and for one’s neighbour -- on responsibility, determination and hard work.”
The President wished all a happy New Year 2014. “It gives me great pleasure in wishing all Seychellois, including our compatriots overseas, all residents and all visitors to our country, a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2014!May God continue to bless our beautiful small country and protect us."
• Kreol: : “Lannen Enternasyonal Bann Pti Leta Zil: Sesel, En Nasyon Zil Determinen”.
• English: International Year of Small Island Developing States: Seychelles – A Determined Island Nation
• Français: « L’année internationale des Petits Etats Insulaires : Les Seychelles, une Nation Insulaire Déterminée. »