Arab development bank to help Seychelles in disaster prevention


Mr Khelef and Vice-President Faure exchange documents after signing the agreement

The deal was officially inked by Vice-President Danny Faure and the bank’s director-general, Abdelaziz Khelef, after a meeting between them at State House.

Under the deal, which will be funded wholly by donations from Badea, the services of two Arab hydrology and geotechnical experts will be extended to the Ministry of Land Use and Housing (MLUH) to help in ongoing disaster relief and prevention efforts.

The funds donated will be used for the retention of the experts to provide technical support to the MLUH staff in designing a flood and landslide prevention policy, vehicles for the transportation of the experts and the provision of office and scientific equipment.
“This will enable Seychelles to face catastrophic situations like floods, similar to what happened in Seychelles recently,” said Mr Khelef.
“It is essential to have a plan to face these kinds of situations,” he added.

Before his visit comes to an end, Mr Khelef is expected to meet President James Michel and other senior government officials.

Mr Khelef has also visited various projects currently receiving funding through Badea, such as the Maritime Training Centre, Ile Perseverance housing project and the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

Badea is an independent international institution established by an agreement between 18 Arab states in February 1974, for the purpose of strengthening the African-Arab cooperation and linkages.
Its operations are exclusively directed to the benefit of African countries non-members of the League of Arab States and include all 43 sub-Saharan African states, in addition to a number of regional organisations.

The operations, in the form of concessionary project loans, technical assistance grants for capacity-building grants and trade finance loans, cover all economic sectors.
Mr Khelef, who is of Algerian nationality, was appointed as director-general of Badea in April 2006. This is his second visit to Seychelles since he assumed office.

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