Belgium and Netherland
Embassy of the Republic of Seychelles
1st Floor, 28 Boulevard Saint Michel, Box 23
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone N°: [32 2] 733 60 55, Telefax N°: [32 2] 732 60 22
Office Hours: Monday to Friday
0900hrs – 1300hrs
1400hrs – 1700hrs
Mr. Selby PILLAY
First Secretary : Mrs. Johnette STEPHEN
NOTE: Accredited Ambassador to Belgium and Netherlands with residence in Brussels.
Victor Schoenmakers is Director Corporate Strategy.
Since 1 October 2014 is Victor Schoenmakers Director Corporate Strategy. We focus on the long term strategy for the port of Rotterdam. This department oversees and monitors the meaning of trends and developments that are relevant for the port together with our partners in and around the Port. We develop scenarios and strategies for the way we should anticipate on these developments. The department’s key activities are strategic intelligence and strategic planning (Portvision 2030 and business plans).
In the past, Victor Schoenmakers has held manifold positions at the Port of Rotterdam
Director European and International Affairs. He was responsible for the strategic political design and the positioning of the Rotterdam Port Authority in the 27 Member States of the European Union.
Director Strategy & Communication. He was heavily involved in the corporatization of the port authority. In the period 1993-2000 he was Executive Secretary and Head of General Affairs department.
From 2008 to 2012.Victor Schoenmakers has been Chairman of the European Seaports Organisation (ESPO). ESPO represents the common interests of European port authorities, port administrations and port associations with the institutions of the European Union.
Since 2012 Chairman of the Port Gouvernance Committee of ESPO and member of the Executive Committee of ESPO Since 23 October 2009 Honorary Consul of the Seychelles
The Seychelles’ 115 granite and coral islands extend from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and lie between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean.
This Indian Ocean republic occupies a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million km². It represents an archipelago of timeless beauty, tranquillity and harmony that is famous for its world-beating beaches and for its great diversity which rolls from lush forests down to the warm azure ocean. Of these 115 islands, 41 The Inner Islands constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the 5 groups of low-lying coral atolls and reef islets that are the Outer Islands.
Seychelles is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin where the wondrously shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms and the fabled Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D.
The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful blend of peoples of different races, cultures and religions. At different times in its history, people of African, European and Asian origin have come to Seychelles, bringing with them their distinct traditions and customs and contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture.
One can see these influences at work throughout the domains of local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture.
The architectural design of some of the grand old houses with their steep roofs are representative of a style adapted for comfortable living in the tropics that displays influences from Seychelles’ French and British colonial heritage. Modern architecture attempts to assimilate traditional styles with practical features designed to capture the island breezes.
Local artists continue to exhibit diverse styles that echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the islands and bear testament to the various influences which have come to bear. Creole music and dance have their roots in African, Malagasy and European cultures with rhythms traditionally accompanied by simple drums and string instruments which, today, include such recent imports as the violin and guitar.
Seychelles is a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora & fauna on earth. With almost 50% of its limited landmass set aside as national parks and reserves, Seychelles prides itself on its record for far sighted conservation policies that have resulted in an enviable degree of protection for the environment and the varied ecosystems it supports.
Nowhere else on earth will you find unique endemic specimens such as the fabulous Coco-de-mer, the largest seed in the world, the jellyfish tree, with only eight surviving examples, the Seychelles’ paradise flycatcher and Seychelles warbler. Seychelles is also home to two U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’sVallée de Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.
For more information about the Seychelles, please visit this website.