Third phase of government restructuring-President announces changes, new appointments


15-January-2013

President James Michel

 

Vice-President Danny Faure

This is in line with the President’s emphasis on enhancing service delivery, on government remaining connected to the people, and giving more responsibility to young professionals.
 
“We are improving the government structure to remain relevant in an environment of changing public demands, modernised services as well as giving opportunities for innovation in order to become more efficient and effective in providing public services,” said President Michel following the appointments.

The Office of the President has been restructured.

The President retains direct portfolio responsibility of Defence, Legal Affairs, Information, Youth and Hydrocarbons.

In addition to the portfolios of Information Communication Technology and Public Administration which are already assigned to the Vice-President in the Office of the President, the portfolio responsibility for Youth has been assigned to the Vice-President.

An Executive Office of the President has been created.

It will be headed by Lise Bastienne, who has been appointed Secretary General of the Office of the President.

Lise Bastienne has been appointed Secretary General of the Office of the President

In her new capacity, the former Principal Secretary for Presidential Affairs assumes responsibility for the executive functions of the Office of the President, including the management of the departments of this office, as well as liaison with other ministries, departments and agencies.

Mohammed Afif remains Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office, and is directly responsible to the President.

Mohammed Afif, Secretary of State in the Cabinet Office

Ambassador Callixte d’Offay, until recently the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission, has been appointed the Conseiller Diplomatique à la Présidence. Ambassador d’Offay will continue to serve as the Non-Resident Ambassador to Mauritius, Comores and Madagascar.

Ambassador Callixte d’Offay, Conseiller Diplomatique à la Présidence

Srdjana Janosevic, who is Chief Press Secretary, will also assume responsibility for the Department of Information, under the Office of the Secretary General.

Srdjana Janosevic, Chief Press Secretary, also in charge of Department of Information

Lekha Nair remains Principal Secretary for President’s Office Administration, under the Office of the Secretary General.

Lekha Nair, PS for President’s Office Administration

Jessie Esparon has been promoted to the new post of Chief Secretary for the Public Service, a post which combines the role of PS for Public Administration and Secretary of the Public Sector Commission which is responsible for the management of the Senior Public Officials.

Jessie Esparon, Chief Secretary for the Public Service

The functions of the Ministry of Finance, Trade & Investment have been strengthened by the addition of the responsibility for Economic Policy and Planning.

The ministry will have two principal secretaries.

Steve Fanny remains the Principal Secretary for Finance & Trade, and Bertrand Belle has been promoted to the post of Principal Secretary for Economic Policy & Planning.

 

Bertrand Belle, PS for Economic Policy & Planning

Sherin Renaud has been appointed as the Principal Secretary for Tourism in the Ministry of Tourism & Culture.

Sherin Renaud, PS for Tourism

Mrs Renaud previously held the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Investment Board.

Rupert Siméon, who was previously Director General for Policy & Planning in the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment, has been appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Investment Board.

Rupert Siméon, CEO of the Seychelles Investment Board


Patrick Payet has been appointed as the Comptroller-General in the Ministry of Finance, Trade & Investment, a post previously held by Sitna Cesar.

Patrick Payet, Comptroller-General in the Ministry of Finance, Trade & Investment

Miss Cesar will serve as Consultant to the Minister for the setting up of a new Commission for Public Enterprise Monitoring.

Sitna Cesar, Consultant to Finance Minister

Damien Thesée has been promoted to the post of Deputy-Comptroller-General.

Damien Thesée, Deputy-Comptroller-General

Yves Choppy has been confirmed as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Land Use & Housing.

Yves Choppy, PS in Ministry of Land Use & Housing

Ronny Palmyre has been confirmed as the new CEO for the Housing Finance Company, and Timothé Sinon as the CEO of the Property Management Company.

 

Ronny Palmyre, CEO of Housing Finance Company

Timothé Sinon, CEO of Property Management Company

Marcus Siméon has been appointed to the post of Deputy CEO in the Agency for Social Protection.

Marcus Siméon has been appointed to the post of Deputy CEO in the Agency for Social Protection.

The new appointments take effect today, January 15, 2013.
 

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