Members of the Financial Services Marketing Committee,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A very good afternoon to you all.
It is an honour and a privilege for me to officially close the first ever Financial Services Industry Day. This event has brought together a remarkable number of participants including government officials, financial services representatives, as well as students; to learn and share experiences under the topical theme of “Shaping for the Future”. I realize that I stand between you and the weekend, so I will attempt to keep my remarks very brief given that all points have been summarised by the rapporteurs.
I was pleased to hear the different panellists elucidate on the different topics in relation to this sector. The interactions were very rich and i would like to take this opportunity to thank them for accepting to be part of this event and for deliberating on their views.
I hope this afternoon session of brainstorming and finding ways forward for this sector has been more than fruitful. I can confirm that the points presented by the rapporteurs will be compiled appropriately and I anticipate that it will be used as a base for future developments for this growing sector.
I would like to reiterate at this point that this sector, like many other sectors have many challenges, maybe its challenges are more complex than others… I don’t know. What I do know is that the financial services industry is indeed a major pillar of the Seychelles’ economy which has every potential to make a higher contribution to the country’s GDP, if it is given the right support.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the success of this forum would not have been possible without the support and commitment of our key partners, to which I would like to convey our sincere gratitude.A special mention goes to the power team; the Financial Service Marketing Committee consisting of the Department of Finance, the Financial Services Authority, Central Bank Seychelles, the Registration Division, the Seychelles International Financial Services Association, the Bankers Association, the Insurance Association, who were persistent to make this forum happen; your guidance and contributions have been greatly appreciated.
Moreover, special thanks also go to the panellists for the knowledge and experiences they have shared throughout the forum; your presence has without any doubt been substantial.
May I also acknowledge our moderators, Mrs. Tatiana Balabanova, PS. Pamela Charlette and Mr. Kenny Roberts, our rapporteurs, Ms. Audrey Khan, Ms Annarose Clarisse and Mr. Collin Constance.
Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my team at SIB especially, Ms. Lilianne Desir, Ms. Florret Hoareau, Ms. Anikah Moustache, Ms. Manuela Morel, Mr. Collin Constance, Mr. Darren Low hong, Ms Jeannette Lesperance, Ms Aisha Simeon, Ms. Shermilla Ah-Kong, Ms. Neigema Andre, Mr. Stuart Delorie, Mr. Curtis Hoareau and everyone else who helped making this event, the first of its kind, successful.
Finally yet importantly, I would like to thank all participants for their presence and contribution in the forum.
I now bring this forum to a close.
I wish you all a pleasant weekend.