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2012-02-14 23:51:07

Jean- Paul Adam, swimmer, teacher and Foreign Minister of Seychelles charms India

Jean- Paul Adam, currently youngest Minister of the Republic of Seychelles is on his first official visit to India. I had a nice interaction with Adam early this month when he had come here with the President of the Republic of Seychelles. A charming and eloquent person, who always seems smiling, the minister is always willing to take the fist step forward. Adam was first appointed to the post of Minister for Foreign Affairs in June 2010. Prior to this, he was the Secretary of State in the office of the President since May 2009. He served in the Office of the President as Director General Presidential Affairs and then Principal Secretary from 2006 and 2009.

Minister Adam started his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Trainee Protocol Officer (1996-1997) and later as Second Secretary (2001-2004).

Adam has a Degree in English Literature and French which he attained at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom (UK). He also has a Masters in International Political Economy which he obtained at the Department of Government, International Politics and Philosophy at the University of Manchester, UK.

In his portfolio as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister Adam’s vision is to further promote and safeguard the national interests of the Republic of Seychelles through an active diplomacy based on fostering good relations with our regional and international partners and propelling the cause of Small Island States. In parallel with the Ministry’s vision, Minister Adam aspires to create a diplomatic platform that will allow Seychelles, by 2014, to have greater visibility and positive presence in the international arena.

Jean Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles in his Annual Diplomatic cocktail speech on Friday, 11 February 2011 talked about his dream and vision, “We will be more and more active as players in regional organisations. And we are ready to play a stronger role in terms of promoting good governance, stability and peaceful development in our region and beyond.”

In addition to his successful experience as a public servant, Minister Adam has also represented Seychelles as a swimmer at the international level on numerous occasions including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Swimming Championships in Rome, the 1998 World swimming Championships in Perth, Australia and the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona in 2003.

He was a Bronze medallist in the Indian Ocean Games held in Seychelles in 1993 and at the African Games held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1999. In the Indian Ocean Games held in both Reunion and Mauritius in 1998 and 2003 respectively, Adam was awarded silver and bronze medals.

Minister Adam taught as a part time lecturer at the Manchester University and Seychelles Polytechnic Twinning Programme between January 2006 to January 2009, where he taught International Politics. Adam is also Member of the Board of Trustees of the Seychelles University Foundation since 2007. Minister Jean- Paul Adam is married and father to two girls.



     
     
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