The office of the former President has announced that Seychelles founding President James R. Mancham has been bestowed and honored with the Africa Peace Award 2016.
Seychelles’ current President H.E. James A. Michel said, “It is with immense pleasure that I convey to you, on behalf of the government and people of Seychelles, our warm congratulations for having been awarded the Africa Peace Award by the United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa).
This prestigious award is an acknowledgement and recognition to your outstanding contributions in the promotion of peace, democracy, security, interfaith harmony, intercultural dialogue and development in Africa as well as in nurturing the spirit of partnership at both continental and global levels.
We are extremely proud of this achievement which not only honors your remarkable contributions at the continental level but also honors Seychelles and the Seychellois people in what they represent today in their commitment to sustainable development, democracy and peace. We share your vision and commitment for a peaceful, harmonious and loving Seychelles.
Indeed, through this award, you have claimed yourself as honored and well-deserved place in the annals of the history of Africa. We play tribute to your statesmanship and celebrate with you this great accomplishment.
I wish you good health, happiness and success in all your future endeavors.”
"Being recognized by the world at large for doing good shows one's efforts are appreciated as much at home and well beyond our borders. The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture and its Tourism Board always says thank you to Seychellois who helps to keep flying our flag high. We are a tourism destination and need to remain visible at all time. We salute Sir James Mancham for his latest recognition" said Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.
Peter Baumgartner Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi, UAE said, “I am very happy and proud of you. I am glad to see your passionate, tireless work is getting its deserve recognition in the form of this prestigious award honor. I have no doubt, this recognition will give you even more energy to follow your vision for the region and the world for many years to come. Many congratulations from all of us at Etihad.”
Hon. Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand said, “My warmest congratulations on this recent recognition. It is enormously significant to have been awarded the Africa Peace Prize for 2016. I personally, and I know, members of Le Club de Madrid will be immensely proud of this achievement and recognition. It is at very least a small statement of the huge impact that you have had through your lifetimes work.”