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UAE, Seychelles enhance cooperation on utilities

The two countries have partnered on a new innovative training and support programme in electricity and water management

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The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, Abu Dhabi’s international development body, has announced the launch of a brand new innovative training and support programme in electricity and water management, in partnership with the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, FEWA, for the rapidly expanding Seychelles energy and infrastructure sectors.

The programme will provide a platform of learning and knowledge exchange for the Public Utilities Corporation in the Seychelles to work more efficiently and to optimise the utilisation of their resources to meet the rising demand for water, electricity and sanitation services in the country’s islands, areas in which FEWA are global experts.

The launch of the programme represents the continuation of the close relationship between the UAE and the Seychelles. ADFD has been supporting the socio-economic progress of the Seychelles with a number of initiatives in the energy, housing, transport and infrastructure sectors, and this initiative will make sure that maximum benefit is derived from these projects. To date, some AED 225m has been granted across 11 projects.

"International development is not just about delivering projects on the ground but ensuring they have maximum impact when they are established to make a meaningful difference on the ground,” said Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ADFD.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with FEWA and representatives of the Seychelles to continue our support for the economic and structural development of the Seychelles, reflecting our focus on infrastructure as the basic building blocks of strong and prosperous societies.”

He said that by supporting the knowledge-capacity of the islands infrastructure, utility and energy sectors, UAE will be able to help build, through collaboration, stronger and more sustainable economies. Ensuring communities are empowered to take this initiative will provide enhanced opportunities for future growth, he added.

Didier Dogley, Seychelles Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, said, “This new programme will be part of the next stage of our socio-economic development, one that gives the knowledge and skills necessary for our local communities to be empowered to help us meet and go beyond our future energy and infrastructure needs, and I thank ADFD and the UAE for their ongoing assistance in our development agenda."

Adnan Nasib Salem, Acting Director-General of FEWA, said that FEWA prepared a technical support and training programme, in participation with the Tanqia Company, to improve the capabilities of staff of Public Utilities Company in Seychelles which will be financed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

Mr. Salem also said that this co-operation between the two sides started in 2014 when FEWA was delegated by the UAE Government to visit Seychelles and study infrastructure, particularly water, electricity, and sewage utilities, in co-operation with Tanqia, in order to prepare a report about these utilities and set up a technical plan to enable these sectors to carry on with their activities and to enhance economical development in Seychelles.

The announcement of the training scheme is the next crucial step to making development projects more effective by giving the beneficiary countries the skills to run and operate these energy projects which can act as a catalyst for further socio-economic development.

There is also the opportunity for greater trading and economic links between the two countries as the economies both expand thanks to increased investment in infrastructure.

Projects supported by ADFD in the Seychelles include housing, healthcare, agriculture, telecommunications, clean water, land reclamation, roads and energy. Major energy schemes include the building of a wind farm on the island of Mahe, comprising eight aero-generators generating 6MW of clean electricity.

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