New President elected for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands

Didier Robert, the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion Island, has been elected the new President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands.

New President elected for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands

Didier Robert, the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion Island, has been elected the new President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands. President Didier Robert replaces Alain St.Ange, the Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles, whose second mandate came to its end yesterday.

Minister Alain St.Ange was the first President of the regional organization elected in Seychelles. His mandate was extended for a second term at the Ministerial Meeting of the organization held last year in Antananarivo in Madagascar.

At yesterday’s Ministerial Session, the islands of Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, and the Seychelles met under the chairmanship of Minister Alain St.Ange. Three candidates had submitted their nominations for the presidency of the organization to succeed Minister Alain St.Ange. They were Minister Michael Sik Yuen, the Minister of Tourism and Leisure from Mauritius; President Didier Robert, the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion; and Minister Benjamina Ramanantsao, the Minister of Tourism from Madagascar. After lengthy deliberations and in the spirit of the organization’s charter to move forward through consensus, a unanimous decision was reached on a rotational presidency system.

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President Didier Robert of La Reunion succeeds Minister Alain St.Ange making him the second President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands. During the Festival Liberte Metisse of La Reunion in December 2014, President Didier Robert will pass the responsibilities on to Minister Benjamina Ramanantsao of Madagascar. Minister Michael Sik Yuen of Mauritius will take over the reign of power as President of the Vanilla Islands in August 2015 during the Cultural & Gastronomic Festival of the Comoros. In May 2016, during the International Tourism Fair of Madagascar, Comoros will assume the Presidency, and in May 2017, again at the Tourism Fair of Madagascar, it will be the turned over to Mayotte to head the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional organization.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said as he passed the ceremonial Vanilla Islands flag to President Didier Robert of La Reunion that the region needs us to consolidate this new tourism region. Minister St.Ange assured President Didier Robert of his commitment and support to help ensure his presidency is a success.

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