State House

Office of the President of The Republic of Seychelles


President Ramkalawan engages in open dialogue with the Judiciary

In his capacity as the Head of State with the oversight of all institutions, the President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan chaired a meeting with members of the Judiciary at State House this morning.

The meeting follows a request made by the Judiciary themselves with a proposed agenda of various administrative subjects and key challenges they feel are impeding the work of their institution. Key officials from government, including the Secretary of State for Finance, Mr Patrick Payet, Comptroller General from the Financial Planning & Control Division Finance Department, Ms Astrid Tamatave and the Chief of Protocol from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Terry Romain were also present.

In welcoming them to the State House this morning, the President on behalf of the country conveyed appreciation to all members of the Judiciary for their hard work and dedication for the advancement of the Judiciary in Seychelles. 

“In respecting the continued independence of the Judiciary, this open dialogue today to discuss and address pertinent matters was indeed necessary to ensure this branch of government remains effective in delivering justice to our citizens in a swift manner without the interference of anyone.” said the President.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Rony Govinden expressed appreciation that the Head of State responded positively to their request for an open dialogue to discuss their concerns. He described the meeting as frank and fruitful and an opportunity for the whole of the Judiciary to put forward their position and agree on concrete decisions on the way forward.