Seychelles: Japan to donate ships and buildings to Seychelles Maritime Police, says new ambassador

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Japan is expected to provide ships to the Seychelles Marine Police as part of a bilateral cooperation agreement between the two countries, the newly accredited Japanese ambassador said on Tuesday.

“We have already signed the agreement to provide the maritime police with vessels as well as the building,” Ken Okinawa told reporters after presenting his credentials to Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House.

Seychelles and Japan have maintained diplomatic relations since the island nation gained independence from the British in 1976.

Okinawa said, “We will continue to support Seychelles on maritime security and climate change.”

Japan has helped Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, with several other projects, particularly in the fishing sector, the second largest contributor to the island nation’s economy.

The Government of Japan has funded the construction of additional facilities to meet the increase in artisanal and semi-industrial fishing activities through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with a grant of approximately 12 million dollars. The Providence artisanal fishing facilities were inaugurated in September 2018.

Japan also helped Seychelles set up a school for hearing-impaired children in April last year. This was done through a Japanese grant of $76,000 (SCR 1 million) for local human security projects.

Okinawa replaces Makoto Tominaga, who returned his farewell visit to the president in March after completing a term of more than three years.

The Japanese Ambassador to Seychelles is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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