The Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Vincent Meriton, has officially launched a High Level Steering Committee to spearhead the Port Victoria Extension and Rehabilitation Project. At a cost of Euro 34 million, the project is one of the largest and most expensive national infrastructural projects to be undertaken by the country. (…) In his opening remarks to the Steering Committee members during a short ceremony at the SPA Headquarters at Mahe Quay on Tuesday 19th June, Mr. Meriton said that (…) “Port Victoria is now the principal gateway to our socio- economy accounting for over 95% of all our imports. It is therefore, important that the port operates seamlessly, smoothly and as efficiently as it possibly can. And we expect no less from the new Port Victoria under this project.” (…) “larger ships with more carrying capacity are expected to call to Port Victoria, making stop- overs en route from where we import our goods rather than dropping our cargoes in other ports for transshipment to Seychelles (…)