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Vanilla Islands Ministerial Meeting held in Madagascar declared successful by all

May 16, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelSix islands of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands gathered in Antananarivo Madagascar for the May Ministerial Meeting of the Regional Organisation. 

The meeting was being held under the chairmanship of Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who is also the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and chairing his last meeting of his mandate.

photoFor the first time all the six islands of the initial grouping of the Vanilla Islands – Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte and the Seychelles were present for the meeting. Maldives was the only island being recorded as being absent.

The main item on the agenda was the election of the next President of the Vanilla Islands to take over from Minister Alain St.Ange who was ending his second mandate at the head of the organisation. Many points were tabled and discussed including the endorsement of actions undertaken by the Organisation since the Seychelles Ministerial Meeting of April.

The meeting also approved to move to make the calendar of Events of the Vanilla Islands more visible by seeking to advertise the events of the islands in the Airline Magazines of planes serving the region and especially on those based in the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.

The support by the Vanilla Islands for Press to cover the events by Member States was also discussed and approved.

The coming Indian Ocean Rim Association meeting in Seychelles, the October in Seychelles by the UNWTO and ICAO Ministerial of Tourism and Transport Ministers and the April 2015 UNWTO Commission For Africa meeting that will also be held in Seychelles just before the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria were discussed and entered as important events to be supported by the Vanilla islands.

Minister Alain St.Ange closed the meeting by thanking all Members States for their support extended to him during his two terms as President of the organisation. “It was demanding, it was not also easy but we are here today with an organisation that is on a firm footing” said Alain St.Ange, the out going President of the Vanilla Islands.

With a ‘vote of thanks’ and a resounding round of applause the formal Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands was closed and the assembly called to elect the new President of their organisation.

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