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Message from the Executive Chairman

After twelve years as president of the Republic of Seychelles, and much longer before that in various posts in politics and administration, I have given thought to how I can continue to play a positive role in the country that remains at the heart of my life.

In part, there is a question of legacy, so that a record is provided of what have, indeed, been eventful years in the development of Seychelles. But it is not just a question of looking back. My wish, as well, is to look forward, to find a way to continue my contribution, yet this time outside the political arena. I have concluded that the best way to do this is to establish a personal Foundation.

The Foundation will be broad enough to embrace different activities but I would like it to be especially known for its focus on the Blue Economy, Climate Change, and Sustainability. These are all key issues for the small island state of Seychelles. But they are also of crucial importance regionally – across the Indian Ocean – and globally.

In my time as president, I have gained valuable experience of these issues and I enjoy access to a wide network of international contacts. I have been consistent in pressing the case for responsible policies on a global scale and I have gained the trust of numerous world leaders. Seychelles is a small nation but our mature response to the great challenge of promoting the Blue Economy, adapting and reducing the impact of Climate Change, and achieving the United Nation’s goals for Sustainable Development, is highly regarded. Under my past leadership, we have won the support of our own citizens and the international community alike.

Of course, there is so much more to be done and the Foundation that I have created will enable me to channel my efforts and aspirations for the good of all. I am eager to continue to work with young people, who are our future leaders. I am fascinated by the ingenuity of scientists and policy-makers who are responding to the great challenges we face with boundless skills and imagination. And I am enthusiastic to do all that I can in any role to advance the prospects of humanity.

The Foundation itself is apolitical, as is its governance, and trustees will be invited on that basis. My task will be to work with like-minded interests, to do everything I can to make a real difference. I am privileged to be in this position and all who know me will agree that anything less than making a great success of the venture is not on the agenda.

I invite you all to join me on this new, exciting and essential journey.

James Alix Michel

Former President of the Republic of Seychelles