African Regional ports body appoints Col. Andre Ciseau of Seychelles as SG of PMAESA

, African Regional ports body appoints Col. Andre Ciseau of Seychelles as SG of PMAESA, Buzz travel | eTurboNews |Travel News

Andre Ciseau from Seychelles has been confirmed as the Secretary General of the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) headquartered in Mombasa. Col Ciseau, who took over last year in an acting capacity, replaced South African Nozipho Mdawe who resigned. He told Weekend Business in Mombasa that he was delighted at his confirmation and was ready for the task. “I am delighted at this new daunting task. With the support of PMAESA council and all members, we shall achieve our set goals,” he said.

Ciseau praised the Kenyan Government for being steadfast in revitalising its maritime prowess and said he was looking forward to offering support to Kenya’s newly-formed Coast Guard Service. Ciseau, a former board member of PMAESA, brings with him vast wealth and experience in the maritime and ports sector from his tenure as chief executive of the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) where he worked from 2004-2018.

He has focused on development of the Blue Economy office recently established in Seychelles.

Prior to joining SPA, he also served in the Seychelles Peoples Defence Force and was credited with the establishment of the Seychelles Coast Guard that has complemented maritime security deployment around the Indian Ocean waters off the Seychelles archipelago. Early last year, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) who house the PMAESA secretariat pledged continued support efforts towards revamping the association.

KPA Managing Director Daniel Manduku said the authority would complement the secretariat’s human resource, especially in communication and data management. PMAESA is made up of port operators, government ministries, service providers and other stakeholders from the Eastern, Western, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean regions. The regional body was established in April 1973 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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Author: Alain St.Ange

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.

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