11 October 2014
As part of its campaign to inform groups within civil society of the benefits of joining the Citizens Engagement Platform Seychellles, LUNGOS representatives have met with Community Based Organisations (CBOs). The meeting took place on Saturday 11th of October at the LUNGOS Conference room and over 85 members of CBOs were in attendance. In his introductory speech, the Minister for Community Development, Social Affairs and Sports Mr Vincent Meriton said, “This new chapter in the development of the Non-state actors in Seychelles is a significant step in recognizing the present realities we live in. CEPS can be more than a name change. It can build and improve on the solid foundation laid by LUNGOS. It can strengthen existing partnerships and networks. It can give a renewed sense of dynamism and ownership in the development of our communities. And most importantly, it can better assist Government in addressing the many challenges that we are presently facing”.
He went on to say that “This is the importance of this new development and why we should all be excited by the prospect for renewed engagement between Government and non state actors. It is of necessity today that everyone with the means and capabilities take part in the process of nation building. That we participate and get involve. This is a recognised principle the world over. The global community, indeed Seychelles, has moved beyond the paradigm of an all powerful and controlling state. Such a situation is no longer desirable nor sustainable.”
The presentation on CEPS was done by LUNGOS CEO Mr Steve Patrick Lalande, accompanied by LUNGOS Chairperson Mrs Marie-Nella Azemia.