‘I have always been passionate about making a difference in society’

 Seychelles has a new Cabinet with 13 new ministers appointed. While some of them are familiar faces, others were not in the limelight. In an effort to better acquaint ourselves with the new cabinet, Seychelles NATION will be sharing with its readers profiles of each minister on a regular basis.

The second to talk to us is Patricia Francourt, Minister for Employment and Social Affairs.

The Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Patricia Francourt, continued her series of familiarisation visits to Praslin on Friday.

She was accompanied by the principal secretary for employment, Jules Baker; principal secretary for social affairs, Linda William-Melanie; the special advisor for employment, Veronique Bresson and the acting chief executive of the Agency for Social Protection (ASP), Roma Edmond. The members of National Assembly for Praslin – Churchill Gill (Baie Ste Anne) and Wavel Woodcock (Grand Anse), as well as Doyace Poris, also joined the delegation for the visit.

Newly appointed Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Patricia Francourt, yesterday conducted a familiarisation visit at the Agency for Social Protection (ASP), expressing her satisfaction at the way in which the institution is operating and fulfilling its mandate of providing assistance and administering certain benefits and programmes.

Minister Francourt, who was welcomed by acting chief executive Roma Edmond, commenced her visit at the Accounts department, followed by the other divisions, namely, Administration and Human Resource, the Registry department, Senior Benefits and Welfare Operations, and the customer service department whereby she was informed of the various services offered and the day-to-day running of the agency, in addition to interacting with employees and listening to their concerns.

President Wavel Ramkalawan yesterday unveiled his new cabinet which is composed of 13 ministers.

After 11 of the ministers were sworn in, they were convened for a first special meeting with President Ramkalawan and Vice-President Ahmed Afif.

For this first special meeting, the press were given permission to attend the proceedings.

The Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status is proud to present four dedicated Seychellois men and women in their respective post from three different sectors of our economy who got promoted under the localization programme in 2019 and 2020

In the effort to continue supporting our Seychellois to take up employment in different sectors of our economy especially to occupy senior positions in different companies the Employment Department met with 4 candidates on the localization programme that have successfully been promoted within their respective departments.

Thirty-two participants from government departments, parastatals and the private sector are participating in a three-day workshop at The Guy Morel Institute (TGMI) on performance management for workplace flexibility.

The three-day workshop for chief executives, human resource persons, middle management and supervisors is being organised by the productivity unit in the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status (MEICS) in collaboration with TGMI.

S5 school leavers have been urged to perform well even though professional centres and School of Advanced Level Studies (Sals) move to absorb more students next year.

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development made note of this yesterday during a press conference to explain its newly approved proposal to increase the intake of S5 school leavers in these institutions.

The objective of the new proposal is to ensure that the majority of the 1145 upcoming S5 school leavers are able to pursue further education and reduce the number of leavers entering an already struggling labour market.

An initiative devised following the first meeting chaired by President Danny Faure on the financial and economic outlook of the country, the proposal also addresses the large number of students who do not access post-secondary institutions.

Around 370 out of more than 1000 S5 school leavers from the 2019 cohort did not make it into professional centres and Sals.

Four partners have formalised an agreement to build capacity of local talents in financial services and compliance at introductory level.

The Seychelles Financial Services Authority (SFSA), the Seychelles International Financial Services Association (Sifsa), the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme (Sets) and The Guy Morel Institute (TGMI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a small ceremony held on Thursday afternoon at the TGMI premises, Majoie.

The MoU, signed by Dr Steve Fanny (chief executive of FSA), Ina Laporte (chairperson of Sifsa), Shella Mohideen (executive director of TGMI) and Guy Morel (chief executive of Sets), is to better equip participants, mainly those made redundant and graduates seeking employment, among other people looking for a job, to take up employment in the financial sector.

As from October 2020, participants wishing to join the financial sector will attend a one-week introductory certificate course in international financial services which will be followed by a two-week introductory certificate course in compliance.