25 May 2015

A symposium on drafting a Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill is currently taking place at the STC Conference Center, Latanier road.
Various stakeholders will over today and tomorrow discuss the content of an FOI bill for Seychelles.

The opening ceremony of the conference.
The opening ceremony of the conference.

The opening ceremony took place this morning in the presence of President James Michel and other high level dignitaries.
Chairperson and CEO of the Seychelles Media Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Afif made the opening speech, followed by a keynote address by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and Access to Information for Africa, Mrs Pansy Tlakula.

Representatives of media houses attending the two day conference
Representatives of media houses attending the two day conference

CEPS is being represented at the symposium by its Communication & Membership Manager Ms Tessa Henderson who has expressed that there really needs to be a law that governs the accessing of information. “Access to information in Seychelles is not only affecting those working in communications, it is also affecting the public the general. Adapting this law to the Seychelles context and educating people of their rights to access certain information will improve the way we function as a country. This is a positive step in the right direction.”

 

The conference will come to its end tomorrow late afternoon.