Schedule of Events

Seychelles Conference 2013: Programme

From Stabilization to Sustained Growth:
Five Years of Successful Reforms and the Challenges Ahead
October 31, 2013


8:00 – 8:30:                Registration begins

                                 Welcoming by MC - Hajira Amla

8:30 - 8:40:                 Remarks by the Minister of Finance

8:40 - 8:50:                 Opening keynote by President James Alix Michel


9:00 – 9:15:                 Coffee Break


9:30 – 10:30:               Opening session: Assessing the Seychelles reform program and IMF engagement 

Moderator:  Mr. Ahmed Afif, former Principal Secretary of Finance

Presenters:   Mr. Pierre Laporte: Minister of Finance, Trade & Investment, Ms. Caroline Abel: Governor of the Central Bank of the Seychelles and Mr. David Robinson, Deputy Director, African Department, IMF

Questions and Answers


10:30 – 11:30:              Session 1: Fiscal policy for resilience and growth

Moderator: Mr Emilio Sacerdoti, consultant

Presenters: Mr. Patrick Payet: PS of Finance and Mr. Joseph Thornton: IMF

Open discussion


11:30-12:30:                Session 2: Enhancing the effectiveness of monetary policy and promoting financial deepening

Moderator: Mr. Jean Weeling- Lee: Managing Director at Corvina Investment

Presenters: Mr. Jean Paul Barbier: Senior Financial Services Analyst, CBS & Mr. Brian Commettant, Head of Research and Statistic Division, CBS and Mr. Tobias Roy: IMF

Open discussion


12:30-13:45:                Lunch


14:00-15:00:                Session 3:  Parastatal reform for growth and sustainability

Moderator: Mr. Pierre Laporte, Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment

Presenters: Jude Commettant: Business Analyst at Public Enterprise Monitoring Commission and Mr. Ashwin Moheeput: IMF

Open discussion


15:00-15:30:                Coffee Break


15:30-16:30:                Session 4:  Sources of inclusive growth.

Moderator:  Ms. Caroline Abel: Governor of the Central Bank of Seychelles

Presenters:  Mrs. Elizabeth Agathine: Director-General of the External Finance Division at MFTI, Mr. Gabriel Negatu: Regional Director for Eastern Africa African Development Bank official and Ms. Nagwa Riad: IMF

Open discussion


16:30 – 17:15:             Closing session: Lessons learned and the way ahead

Presenters:  Mr. Pierre Laporte, Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment; Mr. Marshall Mills, IMF mission chief for Seychelles


17:30:                          Press Conference