Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, was received during his working visit to the People’s Republic of China at the People’s Great Hall in Beijing where he held discussions with Mr. Wang Jun, Party Secretary of the China Tourism Administration; Mr. Du Yanji; Mr. Gen Dewen, Vice Chairman of the China Radio and Television Association; Mr. Zhao Chen, Vice President of the Policy and Science Researching Association of the State Council; and Mr. Cui Ya Nan, Director of CCTV in the Zhonghua Hall of the People’s Great Hall in Beijing.
Discussions centered on the cooperation between China and Seychelles in the field of tourism and culture. After a panel discussion, all parties reached a preliminary agreement that reinforced the Chinese side’s commitment to work together with Seychelles on the followings points:
1. A visit to Seychelles to make promotional films, scenic films, scale-event films, online movies, as well as TV series.
2. To hold China-Seychelles Tourism Television Culture Festival in Beijing in July.
It was proposed that the Chinese delegation will invite 30-40 different television stations from all over China, totaling some 150-200 persons to go to Seychelles in May to make different themes of short videos. A selection of these videos will be played on Chinese TV to be able to enter a competition. An “Award Ceremony” will then be staged alongside a Seychelles Tourism Workshop and an Investment Seminar in the People’s Great Hall in Beijing.
3. To undertake a study on the feasibility of the renovation and extension of the Chinese Pagoda in Seychelles.
4. For China to participate in the 2013 edition of the “Carnaval International de Victoria” that is staged annually in Seychelles
During the meeting, a working/steering committee was set up to follow up on these projects. China would be appointing a 4-person team to liaise with Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of Seychelles Tourism Board, and Benjamine Rose, the Principal Secretary for Culture, who were proposed to represent Seychelles on the steering committee.
On the Chinese side, it is expected that Seychelles will provide them, as soon as possible, will all useful and necessary materials for them to study the scripts of movies and all necessary proposals to facilitate the launch of the agreed projects.
The Chinese delegation concluded the meeting by extending their thanks for the show of friendship and solidarity they received by the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture and his delegation which was comprised of Elsia Grandcourt, the Tourism Board’s CEO; Glynn Burridge, the Board’s Consultant and Copy Writer; and Jean-Luc Lai Lam and Li Huanhuan, Marketing Executives of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
At a lunch in the People’s Great Hall in Beijing that followed, Alain St.Ange reiterated the 36-year friendship between the two countries and said that he was looking forward to having further talks with the People’s Republic of China on further cooperation in the field of tourism and culture in the spirit of the mutual friendship.