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At Wednesday’s press conference, President Faure was asked about payments made to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA), following disclosure of the Auditor General’s report.

President Faure noted that since taking over the Presidency in October 2016, his government is guided by the principles of Good Governance, Transparency and Good Governance.  He said it is important that public funds are well utilized.
“As President, I strongly respect institutions conducting the investigations. It is not my role to interfere.”
He noted that the subject of the FIU is presently under the microscope and needs to be examined closely.
“I expect everyone to answer well, so that the truth can be established.  However, we must work on facts, not on what people say.”
President Faure said he is aware of a contract signed by State House in October 2014 with the FIU and NDEA.
He said much of the contract is classified information, because it involves State Security and cannot be divulged.  “The security of the State is very important”, he said.
He added that this will be discussed with the Finance Public Account Committee (FPAC) of the National Assembly so that national security matters can be separated from payment details to get to the bottom of the case.

Retirement pension at 65 in 2023, just a proposal.

President Danny Faure said that a statement he made in the National Assembly last month, to push the retirement age to 65, rather than 63 is just a proposal.
The proposal was to take effect in 2023, that is in five years’ time.
The President said he is aware that the proposal had triggered much national debate and he had been told by several people that they wish to continue working until 65, while for others, this should be optional.
President Faure said his proposal also concerned those contributing to the National Pension Fund (NPF) and presently retiring at 60.
He said he had taken note of the fact that people are living longer and that retirement schemes have to be sustainable. He felt he was acting in a responsible way to alert public opinion and not wait until this is too late.
He said the issue will be subjected to national debate, including the National Assembly.
President Faure also noted that employment legislation, amended since February this year, allows Seychellois workers to continue working until 65, if they so wish.

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