(Posted 28th January 2022)
Seychelles is mourning the passing of Joseph Belmont, the former Vice President of the islands who passed away earlier today, the 28th of January. Joseph Belmont was an agronome by profession and he entered politics as a Minister in 1982 after years working as a technician in the agricultural department of the islands. He was also the founding CEO of the Islands Development Company of Seychelles managing all the State owned outer islands of the archipelago.
In 1992 Joseph Belmont was the Chairperson of the Seychelles Constitutional Commission when the islands sat to draft a new Constitution after years of having been a One Party State under President Albert Rene. Joseph became the Designated Minister (Prime Minister) in 1998 and in 2004 under the James Michel Government he became Vice President of Seychelles.
In 2009 Joseph Belmont as Vice President was also holding the Tourism Portfolio when Alain St.Ange was brought in to head the Marketing Department at the Seychelles Tourism Board. VP Belmont was seen at Tourism Trade Fairs alongside Alain St.Ange in these early years of the island’s tourism industry relaunch.
“I was happy to have worked alongside Joseph Belmont. He was a soft spoken leader who empowered his staff. Together we were mandated to relaunch the tourism industry after the private sector tourism trade had pressured the Government for someone from the trade to head the island’s marketing and later the Tourism Board. Coming from the private sector I conveyed the private sector trade’s aspirations and proposals to Vice President Belmont who was always receptive to ideas coming from the private sector which he saw as his front line team, and together we delivered for the country” said Alain St.Ange, the former Tourism Minister of Seychelles
The ATCNews publisher extends his condolences to the family of the late Joseph Belmont, the government and people of the Seychelles, having had the privilege to meet with him during two of his visits to the islands.