June 4, 2018
The Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa (PMAESA) Board of Directors through a Special Board Meeting held in Johannesburg on 14 May 2018 appointed Col Andre Didace Ciseau of the Republic of Seychelles as acting Secretary General.
The appointment of Col Ciseau follows the resignation by Ms. Nozipho Mdawe of the Republic of South Africa.
Col. Ciseau, during a briefing session with PMAESA Secretariat Staff revealed he was honored to serve the Association in this capacity.
Col Ciseau said, “I have been given the opportunity to work for PMAESA by the Board on an interim basis, however I am confident that during this tenure I will ensure to maximize on opportunities available and aggressively pursue new avenues to propel this organization forward and achieve new heights, in particular the aspect of value addition to members.”
The acting Secretary General was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) and also held a seat on the PMAESA Board as 2nd Vice Chairman.
Speaking on the need to make relevant the activities of the Association to members and related stakeholders Col Ciseau said, “It is vital to ensure that key action points derived from PMAESA fora are taken to the highest level so as to achieve maximum buy in from the membership and from strategic partners.”
He further acknowledged that the challenges the Secretariat faces are huge, however they not insurmountable.
He will also be taking on the role of Executive Secretary of the Pan African Association for Port Cooperation (PAPC).
Whilst working for SPA, Col. Ciseau has focused on the development of the Blue Economy for Seychelles by working with the Blue Economy Office recently established by the Government of Seychelles. His role at the Port Authority was instrumental to the securing of a grant from the Island nation’s European Development Partners for expansion and upgrade of Port Victoria in Mahe.
Col. Ciseau also served in the Seychelles People’s Defence Force (SPDF) with a strategic role in the Seychelles Coast Guard.