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Mauritius Minister speaks out on carnival in Seychelles

April 29, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelThe ‘TODAY’ Newspaper in the Seychelles has reported that there has been an irregularity which is why they were not present at the Carnaval International de Victoria.

The absence of Mauritius was the talked about subject by many of the press who were in Seychelles for the 2014 edition of the carnival that saw this year the participation of some 26 international delegations and 24 local floats.

The Mauritius Minister for Culture, Mr Mookhesswur Choonee is reported to have said in the local press in Mauritius that the Mauritius Minister responsible for Tourism, Mr Michael Sik Yuen that their had been some kind of irregularity surrounding the organisation of the carnival. Minister Choonee, it is reported, went on to say that this was why he had been cry careful. Minister Choonee was unable to star what the irregularity was but said instead that Mauritius had other priorities.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture laughed when asked about what Mauritius had seen about the carnival being organised in Seychelles and that was being co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal.

“The only irregularity I know is the number of popular Mauritius artists who have called asking how they could be present at the carnival because they needed the exposure and visibility” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

Mauritius is a member of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and has put its candidature for the position of President of the Vanilla Islands when the mandate of Minister Alain St.Ange comes to its end in May. Two other islands (La Reunion and Madagascar) are also contesting the Presidency bid. La Reunion, Madagascar and Mayotte Islands were all joint co-hosts of the Carnival alongside Seychelles and all three addressed the ‘Dialogue with the Press’ with Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles. They were also present at the prize giving ceremony and even presented prizes to the best floats alongside Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla Islands.

The decision for the next President of the Vanilla Islands is expected to be finalised in the Madagascar event of the Vanilla Islands, their Tourism Trade Fair of mid May. The Carnival International de Victoria (April) in Seychelles, the Cultural and Gastronomic Fiesta of Comoros (August), the Festival Liberte Metisse of La Reunion (December) are also events of the Indian Ocean appearing on the Vanilla Islands Calendar of Events alongside the Madagascar Tourism Trade Fair (May).

The big question is can Mauritius receive the support of the other islands of the Indian Ocean for their bid for the Presidency by being conspicuously absent at the organisations main events. It could not be confirmed if Minister Michael Sik Yuen, the Candidate for the Vanilla Island’s Presidency, had personally attended any of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands events appearing on the Organisation’s Calendar of Events.

The big losers are the artists and performers of Mauritius who tried hard to get to Seychelles to perform and get visibility for themselves as they wanted to perform in front of the large number of International Press who were covering an event but two hours away from them.They were also saddened not be have been given the opportunity to perform alongside other performers from the World and in so doing build the friendship artists believe in.

Mauritius Ambassador accredited to Seychelles H.E. Madame Marie France Roussety was in Seychelles and represented the Government of Mauritius at the Carnival Opening Ceremony and at the Carnival Parade. Press gathered here the Mauritian Ambassador congratulating the Seychelles Minister for staging a great event in the Indian Ocean.

When he was pressed to try to explain the irregularity Minister Choonee of Mauritius was referring to Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said to tell the the two Mauritius Ministers to come out and say what the irregularities were. “The press from Mauritius have been asking what is bugging Mauritius and I can only say that when I next transit Mauritius I will meet the press and work with them to give the Mauritians answer to queries being raised by Minister Choonee and Minister Sik Yuen.

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