The ‘EAST 3 ROUTE‘ Organisation of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Swaziland, Mozambique and Seychelles met with business community leaders in the Seychelles, on the sidelines of the Carnival International de Victoria 2014 – duing which a Durban to Seychelles Yacht Race was announced.
The catch phrase for the seminar was “One Seminar Four Countries – a Wealth of Opportunities” as the four countries came together to open doors for the business community of the region.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, welcomed everyone to Seychelles for this meeting that also paved the way for a spirit of cooperation. Minister St.Ange retraced the path taken for the Seychelles to be admitted by South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mozambique into the East3Route Organisation. Minister Alain St.Ange congratulated the solidarity behind the East3Route concept initiated by former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, H.E. the King of Swaziland and the President Chisomo of Mozambique and said that it was the duty of each of the four countries to now continue to build on the foundation initially set by the three Heads of States.
Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board addressed the gathered business community from the four partner countries saying that the trade opportunities were endless. A DVD showcasing trading opportunities in Seychelles, South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mozambique was presented by the Investment Bureaus of each of the four partner countries.
Mr Sadha Naidoo, the Board Chairman of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) was next to take to the podium and again highlighted the trade possibilities being showcased. Mr Naidoo spoke about the work being done to link Durban, Mozambique and Seychelles to Cruise Tourism routes and also by cargo ships. Mr Naidoo announced that plans were underway for KwaZulu-Natal and Seychelles to stage a Durban to Seychelles Yacht Race.
The Business Community meeting between the four partner countries then took an interactive approach with an open dialogue between representatives of the four partner countries.
The meeting was considered to have been a real success.