Transmission network project inaugurated in Seychelles

In Seychelles, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has officially inaugurated the 33kv Transmission Network of the South Mahe Island Project. The project’s significance, according to the Saudi fund in a release, lies in its potential to provide affordable electricity to households and businesses in South Mahe, stimulating economic growth and job creation.

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Rwanda, Seychelles waive visas, ink five pacts to deepen relations

The bilateral agreements signed aim at fostering cooperation in the field of defense and security, law enforcement, agriculture, health, and tourism. "Building on our strong bilateral ties, we intend to deepen our cooperation across strategic areas of mutual benefits. For Seychelles and Rwanda, tourism is a key driver of economic growth. Collectively, there is a lot we can do to make the sector more sustainable and resilient. Tourism creates enormous opportunities for air connectivity and commercial links bringing businesses from Seychelles and Rwanda closer together”.

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More airlines planning flights to Seychelles: Air Astana, Flynas, Airlink and FlySafair

Seychelles is looking for opportunities to boost its tourism market through an increase in flight connections to other countries. Seychelles' transport minister, Antony Derjacques, said that the island nation signed two agreements, one with Kazakhstan and the other with Qatar, on the sidelines of the 41st International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in Montreal.

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Kenya, Seychelles sign ten cooperation agreements

Kenya and Seychelles on Monday signed ten cooperation agreements following high-level talks led by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Seychellois counterpart Wavel Ramkalawan in Victoria. 

The Kenyan President arrived in Seychelles on Sunday for an official three-day visit. 

According to the Seychellois presidency, Kenyatta and Ramkalawan's discussions centered on how their two countries can further enhance their bilateral cooperation and agreements on matters of tourism, maritime and security, capacity building in various sectors, health, agriculture, sports, economic progress, and trade as well investment. 

Seychelles' Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, and Kenya's Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, signed the agreements concerning Defense, mutual assistance on criminal matters, Blue Economy, Memorandum of Understanding for peace, security and law enforcement at sea, maritime affairs, tourism development, agriculture, livestock and cooperative sectors, security and crime combatting, sports, promotion on partnership on gender equality and promoting women economic empowerment. 

"Our meeting in Seychelles testifies to the importance we place on the relationship between our two countries. It is an opportunity to give a new impetus to the Seychelles-Kenya relations. President Kenyatta and I had excellent discussions this morning. First of all, we reminded ourselves of the bonds of history and personal friendship that unite our two peoples. Seychellois and Kenyans have known each other like forever," said President Ramkalawan. 

He also expressed his wish for Kenya to consider establishing an Honorary Consulate in Seychelles. 

On his part, President Kenyatta commended the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the two nations for putting together the agreements that were signed which outlined the avenues to be explored to enable Kenya and Seychelles to fully maximize and further solidify their existing ties. 

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Thai Union to invest another €10m in tuna cannery in Seychelles

(Seychelles News Agency) - Thai Union is planning to invest another 10 million euros in the Indian Ocean Tuna (IOT) canning factory in Seychelles in the next two years, said a top official of the group.

Thiraphong Chansiri, Thai Union Group president, made the statement to reporters following his meeting with Seychelles' President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House on Thursday.

"Over the last five years our company has invested over 40 million euros, and we will also have 10 additional in the next two years," said Chansiri.

The IOT company, located in the New Port in the capital of Victoria, is a manufacturer and exporter of canned tuna. It processes tuna caught in the Indian Ocean that is used by some of the most famous seafood brands including John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu.

This was Chansiri's first meeting with Ramkalawan who took over the presidency in October 2020 after winning the presidential elections.

On his side, Ramkalawan highlighted the critical role that the IOT is playing in Seychelles' economy.

“We look forward to exploring new avenues in which we can further expand our cooperation. I take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the trust and your continuous investment in this industry in Seychelles. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the fisheries industry overtook our tourism sector and really supported the country. We appreciate the support and look forward to strengthening this partnership," said the President.

Thai Union has been investing in IOT since 2010 and Chansiri's last visit was in 2019 and Chansiri said that "we want to invest in alternative energy like solar panels so that we can produce green energy for the facility."

He also talked about the various ways through which his company can cooperate with Seychelles.

"We want to collaborate more with the fisheries ministry and also the education ministry," he said and added that Thai Union wants to engage more with residents and create employment.

One of the challenges the tuna canning industry is currently facing is competition.

"IOT is a very important part of our business, one of the strategic facilities within our group. It is for that reason that Thai Union is looking for ways to improve the company's competitiveness," said Chansiri.

Over the last two years, production of canned tuna has gone down, something general manager Ricardo Luzio says is due to a fluctuation in demand.

Thai Union owns 60 percent of IOT and the remaining 40 percent belongs to the government of Seychelles.

Processed fish is the main export of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, and the fisheries sector is the second-largest contributor to its economy after tourism.

Meanwhile, the government has demarcated the first area of land to be used solely as a fish processing zone north of the IPHS quay at Ile du Port.

Besides the fish processing units at the Providence fishing port, this is the first area to be demarcated as part of a land-use plan exclusively for fish processing and related activities.

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Mango House Seychelles Becomes Hilton’s 4th Island Property – 2 More On the Way

Mango Home Seychelles is the fourth tourism institution to open in Seychelles below the Hilton lodge and resort world model, whereas the development of two extra have began, stated a lodge official.

Below its luxurious assortment model LXR lodges & resorts, Hilton’s Mango Home Seychelles, situated alongside the sting of Anse Aux Poules Bleues within the south Mahe district of Baie Lazare, opened its doorways final Wednesday.

The president of the Hilton Middles East, Africa and Turkey, Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, stated that “Mango Home sees the debut of Hilton’s luxurious LXR model to the Seychelles, becoming a member of our Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton properties already welcoming company. Two extra — Waldorf Astoria and Cover by Hilton lodges — are at the moment below growth.”

He added that the archipelago within the western Indian Ocean has lengthy been a sought-after vacation spot by discerning travellers who go to the islands for his or her vibrant tropical environment and world-class hospitality.

The Waldorf Astoria on Platte island and Cover within the south of Mahe, the principle island, are two Hilton lodges anticipated to be accomplished by 2023.

The Cover lodge growth has began at Anse à la Mouche and has already sparked protests by residents within the space. A gaggle of residents expressed considerations that the 120-room lodge growth would have an effect on the safety of the wetland, seashore entry, highway diversion and livelihood of the inhabitants.

Work on the opposite Hilton tourism institution, Waldorf Astoria on Platte Island, at a price of $100 million, is anticipated to complete by the tip of subsequent yr. As soon as prepared, the institution will provide a group of 59 seafront villas outfitted with non-public swimming pools.

On the persevering with enlargement of the Hilton Motels manufacturers in Seychelles, Carlos Khneisser, vice chairman of growth, Center East & Africa, Hilton stated that “Seychelles stays unquestionably one of many world’s most fascinating locations for the discerning travellers. We’re pleased with the position our groups have performed within the sustainable growth of the Seychelles, and these new additions, coupled with Mango Home Seychelles, LXR Motels & Resorts, will give our company an unprecedented vary of world-class experiential choices to select from when planning what is bound to be an unforgettable go to.”

When the opposite tourism institutions are accomplished, Hilton may have six lodges in Seychelles.

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