Maldivian minister for culture calls on Designated Minister Mondon | 26 October 2019
The Maldivian Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Yumna Maumoon, paid a courtesy call on Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon yesterday at Independence House.
Minister Mondon also holds the portfolio responsibility for culture, local government, home affairs, youth, sports and risk and disaster management.
Following the visit of the Maldivian President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in August this year, President Danny Faure extended an invitation to the Maldives to participate in this year’s Festival Kreol.
“I am very thankful that Seychelles extended this invitation to us as it is a great opportunity for our artists to show the culture and traditions of the Maldives to the Seychellois people,” said Minister Maumoon.
She added that there are many things that the Maldives can learn from Seychelles as both countries have a lot in common such as environment, tourism and can both share knowledge in the discussions on climate change.
She also noted that the Maldives is planning to host the 12th Indian Ocean Islands Games in 2023 and it can learn a few things from Seychelles since the latter has already hosted the games twice.
On her part, the principal secretary for culture, Cecile Kalebi, noted that the visit is also an opportunity to see areas of cooperation that the Maldives and Seychelles can form in terms of culture.
“After the discussions, we saw that the Maldives are working on several dossiers for a Unesco World Heritage listing just like we have previously done so this will be a good opportunity to share our expertise with them,” said PS Kalebi.
She also remarked that during the meeting they discussed about the exchange of artists in residence, where certain painters will travel to Seychelles and vice- versa, adding that this exchange will also be possible for other performers.
Also in attendance at the meeting were Maldivian officials accompanying their minister and the honorary consul for the Maldives based in Seychelles, Lambert Bonne.