China gives batch of Seychelles’ national flags to Mayor’s office


24-May-2013

Mrs Moustache-Belle accepting the flags from Ambassador Shi

This is after a consignment of Seychelles national flags was donated to the Mayor of Victoria’s office yesterday morning by the Chinese ambassador to Seychelles Shi Zhonjun.

The hand-over ceremony took place at the International Conference Centre in the presence of Vice-President Danny Faure, who is also the chairman of the national day organising committee.

Also present was the Mayor of Victoria Jacqueline Moustache-Belle, the principal secretary in the VP’s office Jeanne Simeon, and the principal secretary for culture Benjamine Rose.

The donation from the Chinese government consists of two sizes of flags -- those that can be mounted on poles as decorations, and others of smaller portable size. There are 5000 portable flags, and 700 of the bigger ones.

In handing over the donation, Ambassador Shi said a donation of flags has special significance, because it is a gesture of trust and friendship.
“We are happy to be able to help with making national celebrations more vibrant, such as the upcoming National Day celebrations next month. From these gestures we can see that our countries are getting closer and closer,” he said.

Addressing the guests, Mrs Moustache-Belle said that when the flags are on display, it would mean that there is a celebration in town or an important event like a state visit.

“Ever since we’ve been using these types of flags, they have been provided to us by the government of China,” she said.

She also spoke of some of the past and continuing projects financed by the government of China, such as the National Assembly and Supreme Court buildings at Ile du Port, all of which shows that China is indeed a friend to Seychelles.

 

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