Seychelles: Hungarian Foreign Minister offers detox training to Seychelles health experts
Seychelles health practitioners will receive training in Hungary in December as part of a renewed bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The new areas of cooperation were revealed during a bilateral meeting between Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister PÃ©ter SzijjÃ¡rtÃ³ and Seychellois Foreign Affairs and Tourism Minister Sylvestre Radegonde on Tuesday.
SzijjÃ¡rtÃ³ is on a day trip to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, following an invitation from Radegonde during his visit to Budapest in July. As part of his visit, he also met President Wavel Ramkalawan.
A delegation from the Seychelles health ministry led by the principal secretary will travel to Hungary in December to learn about its drug rehab program.
“The first start will be to bring in your psychologists, your drug prevention experts and your doctors. They will be trained in two of our institutions,” SzijjÃ¡rtÃ³ said.
The Hungarian government will also share its expertise with Seychelles on how to deal with the criminal aspects of drug abuse.
“We discussed the agreement on the fight against crime, mainly with regard to drug consumption and trafficking,” said the Hungarian official.
The two ministers signed two agreements aimed at improving cooperation between Seychelles and Hungary.
“We have signed a regular consultation as friends, to consult with each other on issues. Our level of cooperation is now such that we can talk, discuss whether we can agree on some positions that we could take on the international forum. If we do not agree then we discuss and move forward “, explained Radegonde.
Tourism is another area of ââcooperation between the two countries and Radgeonde said it can be training or exchange of visits and “how we can work together to move forward in this industry,” he said. added.
As part of the renewed bilateral cooperation, Seychelles will benefit from the establishment of a cybersecurity center next year.
This is part of an initiative in which Hungarian bank Exim made available a $ 17 million line of credit to be used for import / export transactions, forming joint ventures as well as participating in calls for ‘offers on firm markets.
SzijjÃ¡rtÃ³ said that with the pandemic more and more children must study at home virtually and âthey are a helpless target group for those who commit cybercrime. That’s why I think cybersecurity is going to be the most important, and that’s why I think this center will help the Republic of Seychelles meet this challenge, “he said.
The company that will create the company is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with the government this year, after discussions with the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. The center will be installed next year once all the formalities have been completed.
“The infrastructure, material, training and financial aspects would be provided by this Hungarian company,” said the Hungarian minister.
Other areas that Seychelles will also benefit from are agriculture and maritime security.
Seychelles and Hungary established relations in 1977, and during this period there was cooperation in the field of education. Last year 10 scholarships were awarded to Seychelles and 10 more were added this year.
There are currently two Seychellois studying in the country.