In the presence of Mr James Michel, the President of the Republic of Seychelles Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, had the honor to officially launch the the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria.
Minister St.Ange delivered his address after Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board had welcomed everyone to the 1st event of the carnival that is this year being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal.
When he took to the podium, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture delivered a passional address where he thanked the 21 International Delegations participating in this years carnival parade and also the local participants. He had but words of appreciation for the 151 members of the International Press fraternity who had flown to Seychelles to cover the 2014 edition of the Carnival of Carnivals as the event was now called by the press because it remains the only carnival able to attract all the best and most known carnivals to parade together followed by cultural troupes from the Community of Nations.
Minister St.Ange as he thanked everyone who had travelled to Seychelles and also the co-hosts of the carnival: "To everyone here for the 2014 Edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria you all know why you are here in this manifestation where your culture is showcased to keep your country relevant in the world of tourism. Others may say we are dreamers, but we're not the only one. We hope someday these others will join us, And the world will live as one" to restate the spirit behind the words of the John Lennon, these words that are so suited to what we are all doing together for our region and for the world at large" the Seychelles Minister said.