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President Faure assents to three bills

09-June-2017
President Danny Faure yesterday assented to three Bills passed by the National Assembly on May 30, 2017.
These were the amendments to the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency Act, the Industrial Estates Authority Act and the Seychelles Media Commission Act.
The principal change in the Industrial Estates Authority Act was to provide for the chairperson to come from the private sector.
Similarly, the chairperson of the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (Senpa) would no longer be a government official. The board of Senpa would also include a representative of the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Guy Morel Institute, and private sector members representing the specific business interests of Praslin and La Digue, as well as the interests of other districts.
In the case of the Seychelles Media Commission Act, the posts of chairman and chief executive of the commission would be separated. The chief executive would be appointed by the president in consultation with the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Justice.
The board of the commission would also include members proposed by the National Assembly, the Judiciary, the Department of Information, the Association of Media Practitioners of Seychelles, and the Civil Engagement Platform of Seychelles (Ceps). The chairman and two other persons of good standing would be appointed by the president.

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Post  Sirop14 on Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:33 pm

Thelemaque and Charlette before the National Assembly
Two nominations for Ministers feature on this week’s Paper for approval by the National Assembly. Hon. Charles de Commarmond will move two motions in this regard and thereafter, Mrs. Myriam Thelemaque and Mrs. Pamela Charlette will appear respectively before the Assembly for a ‘Professional Interaction Session’ before their nominations are approved.

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President thanks National Assembly for its support
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Post  Sirop14 on Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:46 pm

Swearing in ceremony of Ministers Myriam Télémaque and Pamela Charlette New ministers sworn in, cabinet reshuffled
New ministers Myriam Télémaque and Pamela Charlette took the allegiance, official and secrecy oaths yesterday afternoon before President Danny Faure at State House before attending a special Cabinet session during which they were given their portfolios.
In attendance for the swearing in ceremony were Vice-President Vincent Meriton, Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon, ministers, president of the Court of Appeal Francis MacGregor, leader of government business in the National Assembly Charles Decommarmond, deputy Speaker in the National Assembly Nicholas Prea, acting Attorney General David Esparon, secretaries of State and family members of the two new ministers.
While Mrs Télémaque’s nomination was approved by the National Assembly with 17 votes on Tuesday, Mrs Charlette had to go back inside the chamber during a special session yesterday morning and she garnered 21 votes after she had, on Tuesday, picked up just 14 ‒ below the 50% mark.
The new Cabinet of Ministers now boasts five women ‒ Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon, Mitcy Larue, Jeanne Siméon, Myriam Télémaque and Pamela Charlette.
The seven male ministers are Joel Morgan, Jean-Paul Adam, Charles Bastienne, Wallace Cosgrow, Didier Dogley, Peter Larose and Maurice Loustau-Lalanne.
Idith Alexander and Michael Benstrong are no longer part of the Cabinet.


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President of Seychelles reshuffles portfolios of cabinet ministers

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President of Seychelles reshuffles portfolios of cabinet ministers

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Post  Sirop14 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:47 pm

Cabinet approves four draft laws

13-July-2017
A number of policy and project memoranda have been discussed in this week’s Cabinet meeting.
Held yesterday morning at State House, the session was chaired by President Danny Faure and it approved four draft laws including the new Town & Country Planning Bill, the National Council for the Elderly Bill; and amendments to the Children’s Act. It also approved a Bill for the creation of an agency that will bring together all actors in the fight against drug abuse, and provide the necessary rehabilitation facilities for the victims of drug abuse. `
Cabinet approved new procedures to be followed in respect of VVIPs arriving or departing from Seychelles International Airport, to address weaknesses that had been identified.
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Cabinet discusses national development plans

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Cabinet discusses national development plans

20-July-2017
President Danny Faure held an extraordinary Cabinet meeting yesterday morning to review proposals for the methodology for the next 15-year development plan, known as Vision 2032, as well as the national development strategy for the 5-year period 2018-2022. A wide-ranging series of consultations with all stakeholders will now be organised by the Economic Planning Department, starting in early August.
Cabinet also considered the medium-term expenditure strategy submission from ministries, departments and agencies, in preparation for

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President Faure Thanks Retired Ambassadors for their Service to Seychelles

Mon, 24 July 2017

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President Danny Faure welcomed two retired Ambassadors, Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd and Ambassador Bernard Shamlaye, to State House this morning.

President Faure expressed his sincere gratitude to the Ambassadors for having dedicated their careers to the Public Service and for their significant contributions during their tenures in various capacities.

“You have served Seychelles in various posts and both of you have remained loyal and as true servants for the people of Seychelles. So today, on behalf of the Government and Seychelles I wish to formally thank you both for the roles you have played in the development of our country,” said President Faure.

Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd was the High Commissioner for Seychelles to the United Kingdom for 4 years. She was the Minister for Health and Social Development before being appointed as Ambassador in 2010. She entered Seychelles’ public service in 1976 and has held many senior positions, including Roving Ambassador for Women & Children’s Issues, Minister For Health and Social Development, Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Special Adviser to the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, and Secretary Of State at the Ministry Of Education, Information and Youth.

After his studies, Ambassador Bernard Shamlaye returned to work in Seychelles in 1976 as a Teacher at the then Seychelles College. He has served as the Ambassador for Seychelles in Paris for over 4 years. Ambassador Shamlaye has held numerous high profile posts including serving as Minister for Education and later Minister of Culture and Social Development, prior to his appointment as Ambassador in 2012.

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Address by President Danny Faure to the National Assembly 25th July, 2017

Tue, 25 July 2017


25th July, 2017


Mr Speaker

Hon Leader of the Opposition

Hon Leader of Government Business

Hon Members of the National Assembly

Dear Seychellois brothers and sisters



Good morning

1. Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to address the National Assembly today. I would like to start by confirming, Mr Speaker, that our cohabitation is healthy and working well. What is important is that we have the will to work together for Seychelles and for all Seychellois. We, as leaders who respect the will of the people of Seychelles, we are giving the necessary leadership to take Seychelles forward. So today, I salute the role that the National Assembly is playing to strengthen democracy in Seychelles.

2. Mr Speaker, today I shall speak on a number of subjects that are important for our country. I shall start by explaining certain principles which guide Government with regard to good governance, accountability and transparency.

3. One of the policies I have introduced is to bring our citizens from either the private sector or civil society to lead or become Members of Boards of Public Sector Agencies, Enterprises or Regulatory Authorities. This is in line with making Government more inclusive, and to give opportunities for our citizens to play an important role in the development of our country.

4. Mr Speaker, the role of Ministries is to give direction in terms of policy and infrastructural development. They are there to measure and evaluate the performance of organisations falling under their responsibility. The agencies, public enterprises and regulatory authorities receive their directives from their appointed Boards. The Chief Executives receive their mandate from their Board. In other words, Chief Executives receive their instructions from the Board. In line with the principle of good governance, we are not here to micromanage authorities, agencies and public enterprises. We are not here to interfere in the operation and daily activities of those agencies, public enterprises and authorities. Government through the Ministers, gives directives in terms of policies in writing to the Chairperson of the Board. These directives are discussed at Board level for implementation.

5. With regard to large investments, all public enterprises and authorities need to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Finance, which has the responsibility to evaluate the impact on, and risks to, the country's economy as well as on the national budget. All these are part of the new rules that must be followed.

6. Today I ask that all regulatory authorities, agencies and public enterprises discharge their functions according to the legislation governing them, according to their mandate and according to policy. That they improve their systems of internal communication, so that their workers are aware of the direction of their organisations. And that their workers are treated fairly.

7. In line with greater transparency, we have decided that all tenders will be announced over the radio as from this August. The important thing is for our citizens to be aware of what is on tender, and if they wish to take part in the tender, they have the opportunity to do so.

8. It is now 5 years since IDC was asked by Government to engage itself in the construction industry on a commercial basis. Government feels that it is now time for IDC to withdraw itself from this sector and focus more on its mandate for islands development. So it will be given until the end of next year to do this.

9. Mr Speaker, we have a task to amend legislation relating to institutions, authorities and agencies to ensure that they reflect the new principles of good governance. The law on procurement, for example, allows for an appeals process in a case where a tenderer is not satisfied with the procedure or outcome of the tender. Government plans to amend legislation where necessary to ensure that an appeals process always exists. This is aimed at promoting accountability and good governance.

10. The Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) recommends individuals for appointment in accordance with the Constitution and legislation. The Authority publishes vacancies in newspapers. It is interesting to see that many of our citizens come forward to show their interest. From the documents that the CAA submits to me, I note that there is a clear rule that it follows. They interview the applicants, and thereafter, they submit their recommendations to me. In line with the Constitution and the law, I undertake consultations, and in the spirit of working together, I also consult the Leader of the Opposition before I make a final decision.

11. Following the recommendations of the CAA, I consulted the Leader of the Opposition and appointed the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and one new member of the SBC Board. The other Board members were nominated by other organisations as provided for by law. The new SBC Board has interviewed several applicants, and the Chairman of the Board has submitted recommendations for the new Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive. I received the documents on 20th July. In accordance with the new law, I shall now consult the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Justice.

12. Government is also finalising another Bill which will govern the appointment of all public officers. All vacancies will be published, and will be announced over the radio. Appointments will be made by the new Public Service Commission. We have capable and competent Seychellois, and we must place confidence in Seychellois.

13. With greater transparency, good governance and accountability, the independence of institutions and authorities will continue to increase. It is necessary for all citizens to be informed and educated on the roles of the different institutions and authorities that exist today. With information and knowledge, our citizens will be in a better position to enjoy what the state has made available for them. With information and knowledge, there will be no place for confusion.

14. Our citizens also have a role to play in promoting transparency, accountability and good governance. Any of our citizens who has a complaint, or any proof of any dishonest action, corruption, inappropriate action, abuse of power, or where the law has been broken, or where human rights are being violated or abused – he or she should approach the institutions and authorities concerned, so that justice is done.

15. Mr Speaker, following a ruling of the Court of Appeal of 7th December 2012, I have decided to establish an administrative tribunal aimed at resolving all cases of compensation related to land in line with Part III of Schedule 7 the Constitution.

16. I have also decided to establish two special tribunals to address issues of compensation related to past abuses in the military, and by the military, which have affected our citizens. And similarly for abuses in the police, and by the police. It is my sincere desire to close this chapter.

17. We have the Ombudsman, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Police and the Human Rights Commission. With regard to the Police, we are not here to micro-manage the Police, nor is it the role of the Minister to run the Police Force. The Constitution is clear on the role of the Commissioner of Police.

18. It is the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police to run the Police Force, to raise the level of professionalism and standards in the Police so that the people of Seychelles have confidence in it.

19. The expectation of our population is that that Police Force does its work according to the law. And that citizens' concerns are taken seriously. I recognise the fact that the police force faces considerable challenges.

20. Government has recently sought the technical assistance of the British Government to undertake a complete audit of the police investigation system with the aim of taking the necessary measures to bring the system up to the required standard. We have also decided that next year we shall invest in a forensics laboratory. The Government of India will support us in this project.

21. Mr Speaker, good governance, transparency and accountability also apply to businesses, civil society and political parties. It is important as a society that these principles are promoted and reflected in organisations –economic, social, civic and political. If we all support the development of our organisations along those principles, we shall contribute in increasing transparency, accountability and good governance.

22. The governance of the Electoral Commission will improve when the National Assembly approves the new law separating the roles of the Chairperson of the Commission and the Chief Executive of the Commission.

23. Mr Speaker, I believe that the time has come for the country to create a special fund for the Presidential and National Assembly elections. This fund shall receive money from the national budget every year. The campaign expenses of candidates who will participate in elections will come from this fund. The Electoral Commission will be responsible for the management of this fund. This will contribute towards the transparency and accountability of funds for election campaigns. This is also in line with the desire to have a more level playing field. And if this proposal is accepted by the Electoral Commission, a bill will be presented to the National Assembly for approval.

24. The future of Seychelles should not be dictated by power of money. It is the people who should dictate the political direction of our country.

25. Mr Speaker, one of my main preoccupations has been how to cope with a population that is increasingly living longer. In 2016, for the first time in our history, or women are living on average to an age of 80 years. Men are living to an average age of almost 70 years.

26. In view of these statistics, we cannot think of sustainability without thinking of our responsibility. We who are still working. And what will be the responsibility of the young generation that will have the responsibility in the future to take care of us.

27. This leads me to the subject of pensions. As you all know the pension that all our citizens receive upon retirement at the age of 63 comes from the National budget. And the sum is SCR5,050 per month.

28. And all citizens who have contributed to the pension fund, can enjoy their pension from the age of 60, in line with their contribution.

29. Mr Speaker, the fact that we have a population that is living longer, Government believes that the time has come to prepare our population for an increase in the retirement age. We believe that 5 years' notice is appropriate. This is why government will present an amendment to the law before the end of this year, where the retirement age will move from 63 to 65 years. And this will become effective on the 1st January 2023.

30. Another amendment will be in the Pension Fund Act, where the pensionable age will move from 60 to 63 years of age. This too will become effective on the 1st January 2023.

31. This is very important if we want to address the issue of sustainability.

32. These are decisions we must take as a country, always in the interests of Seychelles.

33. Changes in the law are only part of the solution. A population that lives longer depends on services such as health, Home care programmes, housing, transportation, recreational facilities and so on. The question we ask ourselves is how are we going to sustain all those services and programmes.

34. The solution lies with us. We, the Seychellois workforce. It is we who control the destiny of our country. The destiny of Seychelles lies in our hands. We are a small country in the middle of the ocean. We are less than 95,000 people. Today we are living in harmony as brothers and sisters. We need to come together. We need to increase our national productivity, reinforce discipline in all aspects of our life, and take our responsibility seriously in our family. This is the key for the child growing up, for those of us who are working, and for our elderly who need to live their retirement in dignity.

35. Mr Speaker, on the shoulders of this new emerging generation, there is an enormous task and responsibility. They are the future workforce that must take care of Seychelles and the Seychellois nation.

36. Our future depends on the efforts that we put in towards what we want them to become. We are the workforce of today, we need to spend our energy on this generation. And redouble our efforts to take care of this older generation, who in their turn took care of Seychelles and who nurtured us.

37. Mr Speaker, what should change?

38. As from January 2018, the education system will orient itself so that the schools as institutions have more control over the education of their students. The head teachers and their teams will take complete control over the administration of their school, including decisions on discipline. The time that we play the ministry, school, parents, teachers and students against each other, has come to an end. My own child is in the Beau Vallon Secondary school. He knows very well what the school expects of him. He knows the consequences of breaking the rules. As a parent, I do not interfere. As the President, I do not interfere. Let the schools to do their work.

39. With the autonomy that the schools will get, they will also receive the resources and appropriate tools to do their work. The days when we micro-managed the schools has come to an end. The school administrators receive their guidance from the School Council.

40. All post-secondary institutions will also manage their own budget and have direct control over their administration.

41. Parents, we need to realise that when we give birth to our children, we become their first teacher. And when, our children go to school, let us continue to support our children. Let us participate in their development and let us support the teachers and the school administration.

42. Let us be careful of the remarks, comments and video clips that we post on various social media platforms today. Without realising it, we might be helping to sow the seeds of negativity that poisons the minds of our children and youth at a very young age. We all have a collective responsibility to promote good moral and spiritual values in your children and youth.

43. Children and youth of Seychelles. Please use the opportunity that you have to study, study, study. The future of Seychelles and our people depend on what you do today, and what you will be tomorrow.

44. Another thing we need to change is our life style. Our life style today is affecting our health, impacting on the national health budget, and affecting our national productivity. The solution is with us. Let us take control of our life style. Our health is our responsibility. Let us take time to exercise. Let us relook at what we consume. Use alcohol in moderation. Changing attitudes takes time, and is sometimes difficult. But when we are warned, and we understand the urgency to change, we must act.

45. When we wake up tomorrow, let us take this decision to help ourselves and our country. Let us adopt a good life style. One that will not add pressure to our health. One that will help our national productivity. I encourage and congratulate all those citizens who have already decided to adopt a good life style.

46. Mr Speaker, according to recent statistics, our economy today, is one with a workforce of 45,684 people. The unemployment rate during the same period was 4.7%. And in the 45,684 people almost one third are non-Seychellois workers: 1,328 in the public sector and 13,213 in the private sector.

47. This shows that our economy will not be able to function easily without non-Seychellois workers.

48. But, Mr Speaker, I am convinced that it is important for government to put more effort in helping our Seychellois to move higher in the level of work that they are in now. The mechanism to achieve this varies depending on the organisation and the sector. But the Employment and Immigration Departments, which are now established under one ministry, will facilitate this exercise. I am convinced that we can facilitate knowledge transfer from non-Seychellois workers to Seychellois workers. In such a way that, with time, our people will take up positions of greater responsibility in the various enterprises operating in Seychelles.

49. Mr Speaker, next year will be one decade, since Seychelles embarked on a fundamental economic reform. During all that time our growth has been at almost 4% on average and we have had macro-economic stability. Our foreign exchange reserve in the Central Bank has grown. Our debt has reduced. Our budget is balanced. We have become the first country in the Indian Ocean to achieve the status of High Income Country as measured by the World Bank.

50. However, Mr Speaker, we also realise that development has not reached all levels of our population and economic sector. Certain sectors such as agriculture illustrates what I am saying. Amongst the districts, levels of infrastructural development also varies.

51. There is considerable difference in the quality of life in different segments of our population. During the course of my visits, in each of the districts that I have visited so far, I have seen real development, of which we can be proud, but I have also seen real poverty, which pains me.

52. Mr Speaker, from now on growth needs to be more inclusive. Development also needs to be more inclusive. There should be no segment of our population that gets left behind. And the dignity of each of our citizen needs to be preserved at all cost.

53. Mr Speaker, next year will be exactly five years since the National Assembly approved the salary table that guides salary allocation in the public sector. The time has come to conduct an exercise to identify the strengths and weaknesses and to see how we can improve the structure.

54. Small and medium enterprises are functioning in a very competitive environment. It is important that new policies reflect this dynamism, and we must establish the framework to support such businesses. This is why I have created a single Ministry to be responsible for small and medium businesses, enterprises, business innovation as well as industry.

55. Mr Speaker, interest rates on bank loans has been a topic that has pre-occupied all of us. The Central Bank’s decision to review the way that it implements the monetary policy will have a more positive and direct impact on the interest rates than was the case previously. Its application comes into force on the 19th July of this year.

56. Every three months, the Central Bank sets a target on the liquidity level in the economy, and in return this determines whether the interest rates in the financial market increase or decrease. This target that is applicable for the third quarter of this year 2017 is expected to translate into a decrease in the interest rate on loans. For the individual this means that loan repayments will reduce. For the businesses, this will mean more access to affordable financing to facilitate investments.

57. This more relaxed monetary policy brings with it a risk of increased consumption on the part of the individual. One way to reduce this risk in consumption is our approach as individuals and businesses, is one that has to be prudent – focused on investment. After all, all individuals together form the country. All businesses together form the economy. This means that we all have a responsibility and our responsibility is collective.

58. What is important is that the banks orient loans to the productive sectors. Investment has an important role in inclusive growth, that will also help in the development of other sectors that need this oxygen.

59. I encourage individuals where possible to invest in other instruments that will come out in August. This is because in a small economy like the Seychelles that depends a lot on importation, a huge increase in consumption translates into an increase in importation and as a result an increase need for foreign exchange. Increased demand for foreign exchange will in the short term lead to a depreciation of the rupee and an increase in the price of commodities and services, and therefore a rise in the cost of living.

60. To ensure that increase in price is not alarming, the Central Bank will adjust its monetary policy in line with its principal objective of ensuring that price changes remain at an acceptable level.

61. The aim of this change in the monetary policy is to increase investment in the economy while at the same time maintaining a stable macro-economic situation. I appeal to the private sector to ensure that benefits in line with this change in monetary policy touch the consumers and help reduce the cost of living.

62. Mr Speaker, the government will continue to consolidate its partnership with all sectors and economic actors. For the private sector to develop their business and strategic plans they need certainty on the economic direction of the country. As we have announced, Government will begin work on a Vision 2032 and a National Development Strategy for 2018-2022. This will be done in consultation with all stakeholders. Once the Vision and Strategic Plan have been adopted in June 2018, we will have a clearer road and a vision of where Seychelles wants to go in the long term and how we will realise that vision together.

63. Mr Speaker, in May of this year, I announced that I will give more details on the KIS which means Keep it Simple. By simplifying procedures, this will make life easier for everyone that does business and that depend on the services of government. For example, it will allow us to increase the collection of taxes within increasing the tax rates. Our aim is to simplify the collection procedure and have a more equitable system in all sectors.

64. Mr Speaker, we have had delays in elaborating a comprehensive system; to allow for discussions with the private sector on the impact of the changes; and changes to the legal structures that will be necessary for the implementation of the system from 2018.

65. Final details on the KIS concept will be presented by the Minister responsible for Finance during the budget 2018 presentation at the end of October.

66. Mr Speaker, I wish to announce that there will be no increase on any taxes or charges and fees for next year. This is an important decision as it helps the private sector to have more certainty and confidence in the Seychelles economy. And for them to more effectively plan their operation that will in return contribute to the economy.

67. Mr Speaker, all sectors have their importance in the Seychelles’ economy. But today, I want to talk about two sectors that are directly linked to our food security. They are Agriculture and Fisheries. The Government is responsible to ensure that these sectors have the necessary infrastructure to move to the next level of performance. It is for this reason that Government has decided that as from January 2018, a special fund on the development of infrastructure in those two sectors to the value of SCR50M will be available. A dedicated project team will be set up to oversee the implementation of projects financed under this special fund.

68. Government has realised that it is necessary that the level of agency support given to operators in those two sectors should increase. It is also important the agencies and authorities in the two sectors have the right resources and manpower to support development in these sectors.

69. Mr Speaker, where there is real poverty, government engages itself to address those situations in a comprehensive manner. We shall work in close partnership with leaders in communities. Our work through the Task Force on Corgat Estate is based on solid partnership which illustrates the level of commitment. It has shown us that we need to adjust our policies, improve our programmes and services, and also change our approach to the provision of assistance. A new, more coordinated approach is necessary. One that is citizen centred and aimed at improving the quality of life of our families. What is clear, Mr Speaker, is that the Agency for Social Protection will need to increase/improve its capacity so that assistance given is not simply financial, but that it includes follow up and continued support for the family. The Ministry of Family Affairs has an important role to play as we change our approach and our policies. We cannot leave anyone behind. The dignity of each of our citizen must, by all means, be preserved.

70. Mr Speaker, independently of the work that government is doing to ensure that social assistance is better coordinated, we feel that there is a necessity to review the rate of financial assistance that people receive. This will take effect from the 1st of September this year.

71. Mr Speaker, we cannot talk about the social situation and the preservation of the dignity of our citizens without addressing the housing situation. Our housing situation is critical. Further to the measures that I announced in February of this year, and that are being implemented, I wish to inform the National Assembly that we have decided to allocate land on Perseverance to the private sector to build at least 250 more units. This measure will mean that Government will be in a position to concentrate on the planning and construction of another 250 units in districts and regions.

72. Following discussions I had with the Government of the UAE, there is an engagement to support the construction of 400 units distributed on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

73. All these efforts are being made with the aim of increasing the number of houses at the disposal of our citizens who have for many years been making sacrifices and waiting.

74. The housing problem is at the base of many of our social problems. I understand our people’s situation and I wish to assure them that many efforts are being made to address the situation.

75. Mr Speaker, I recognise that we need to address the manner in which land allocation is done. The Assembly has debated on the issue of agricultural land, and I have asked the new minister to, once and for all sort out the agricultural land as well. With regards to land that falls under the responsibility of the Industrial Authority, it is this Authority that henceforth has the mandate to allocate land in the industrial zone. We will present amendments to the law to reflect this new policy. The law will also make provisions for an appeals mechanism. Before the lease of any government land to a company or individual is sold or transferred to a third party, they will need to go before a Commission with the mandate to make recommendations before government gives its final approval. This is in line with resolution that the National Assembly adopted. I will appoint members of the Commission on the 1st August this year.

76. Mr Speaker, drugs are a societal problem. It affects the health of our people. It creates domestic problem in the family. It brings pain, suffering to the family. It affects the national security of our country. And it is related to crime in the region.

77. We are a small population and we, the workforce of today, the pillar of our society, we need to fight against this scourge that has the potential to destroy the Seychellois workforce.

78. The solution is with all of us. Therefore we need to adopt a more coordinated approach in our fight against drugs. The new team at NDEA are doing their work. They need all our support. We should not interfere in their work. The government has finalised a new Bill that will create a special agency that will bring together all partners and representatives of ministries and key agencies to address the issue of prevention, rehabilitation of victims, and education and information that our people need about drugs.

79. Mr Speaker, our recent political life has shown us that members of the National Assembly come and go; the Leader of the Opposition comes and goes; the Leader of Government business comes and goes; the Speaker comes and goes: the President comes and goes. What is important is that we all discharge our responsibility according to the oath we took. We do our work honestly and with sincerity. We put the interest of Seychelles and the Seychellois people above all other considerations. We work hard, very hard, for Seychelles. We remain servants of the people.

80. We are writing a new chapter. A very promising one for our country. In a Seychelles where we work together to overcome all our challenges. In a Seychelles where we show respect for all opinions. In a Seychelles that unites all of us despite our differences. In a Seychelles where we all feel we can live free and proud. In a Seychelles that inspires the best in each one of us.

In this Seychelles that will always remain larger than us all.

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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Dear President Danny ~Faure, the NA there is a new Fish and Chips restaurant on Caledonian Rd London, the Family are form Hong Kong you ought to send a small delegation have a meal there, close the Restaurant for the greater public and think very hard what we are trying to tell/say here. This Family could loose their shirts just for being the message carrier/bearer. Seychelles government, politician and nation when it come to this functionality -On Caledonian Rd the HQ of NCVO, the Queen is the Patron. the other end of Caledonian Rd is Holloway Road - up the road id is the Resource Center ex CVS and connection Road where Opposition Leader Jeremy Corby hold his surgery - the other end of Caladonian Rd is Kings Cross International Station. President given our Resource - remind you, your Ministers, the Opposition and political parties of events in Berlin 2015 the Chinese Delegation in the same Hotel, those form Deloitte Touch - at 1/2 am what we told share with one of the young Chinese person, several other young Chinese in the room and warned her is she was messing about the Chinese government Benchmark they do not like appreciate being crapped about. The gravity and seriousness of the topic. The German Intelligence are one of the very good in Europe. In old Seychelles the Myths about the square Chinese knife - we have been imputing with them lot for 30 years - these entities alone could buy Seychelles and its Nation several times and yet our capacity -their Scott roots and they are in London too. We mentioned it in our small talk - then http://www.jardines.com/group-companies/hongkong-land.html

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Leaders in the National Assembly: President is looking at ways to move Seychelles forward, acts on recommendations

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President Danny Faure visits departments of habitat and infrastructure
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3enm Konferans lapres prezidansyel Prezidan Faure i adres plizyer size pertinan Si pou annan eleksyon konsey distrik lannen prosenn, reaksyon gouvernman lo rezilta rapor oditer lo FIU ek NDEA, progre dan... Read More

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3enm Konferans lapres prezidansyel

Prezidan Faure i adres plizyer size pertinan     Si pou annan eleksyon konsey distrik lannen prosenn, reaksyon gouvernman lo rezilta rapor oditer lo FIU ek NDEA, progre dan... Read More

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President Faure to attend SADC Summit in South Africa

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President Faure to attend SADC Summit in South Africa

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President assents to legislation on Declaration of Assets

26-August-2017
President Danny Faure has assented to the Public Persons Declaration of Assets, Liabilities and Business Interests (Amendment) Act 2017, which was passed by the National Assembly on July 26, 2017, and which was sent for his assent on August 18.
The legislation states that the Commissioner responsible for receiving declarations should be a person of proven integrity and impartiality, who has served with distinction in a high office in the Government of Seychelles, or under the Constitution, or in a profession or vocation.
Previously, the law had required that the Commissioner should have the qualifications needed to serve as a Judge or Justice of Appeal. No one had applied for the vacant post when it was advertised with these requirements in March 2017.
The persons required to make declarations of their assets, liabilities and business interests under the Act are the President, the Vice-President, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, the Designated Minister, Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of Government Business, Members of the National Assembly, the Mayor of Victoria and Councillors of District Councils.
The declarations must be made within three months from the date of appointment of the first Commissioner, with annual updates to declarations thereafter.

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HC of Bangladesh to Seychelles accredited

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HC of Bangladesh to Seychelles accredited

30-August-2017
Cooperation in tourism, industry and manpower were the topics of discussion yesterday between President Danny Faure and the newly accredited high commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Seychelles, Abdul Mannan Howlader.
Mr Howlader presented his documents to President Faure yesterday morning at State House, succeeding Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury who served as high commissioner since February 2014.
Mr Howlader will serve as high commissioner for three years and he is based in Mauritius.
During his meeting with the President, Mr Howlader conveyed the best wishes and greetings from President Abdul Mamid and the people of Bangladesh to President Faure and the people of Seychelles.
With a population of about 170 million, Mr Howlader said Bangladeshis can be found anywhere in the world and that includes Seychelles.
“We know that Seychelles is in need of work force, especially skilled work force. We have a lot. We have some Bangladeshi people still working in Seychelles, so we discussed the possibility of increasing this number,” he said.
“I know that Seychelles economy is mainly based on tourism and from Seychelles we can learn a lot regarding tourism,” he added.
As Seychelles has signed the International Labour Organisation’s convention, Mr Howlader said he also discussed the working conditions of Bangladeshi workers in Seychelles and said he was happy to learn from President Faure that there is no discrimination against foreign workers working in Seychelles.
In the field of industry, Mr Howlader stated that as Bangladesh is second in the world in textile industry, Seychellois could do business in that sector from importing textiles and products from Bangladesh.
With both countries involved in fish exportation, he said fisheries is another area in which Seychelles and Bangladesh can also cooperate.
Mr Howlader will also pay courtesy calls on other high government officials during the course of the week.

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Distrik Bel Air ek Ile Perseverance Prezidan Faure i vizit proze kominoter e ekout konsern zabitan

05-September-2017

Prezidan Danny Faure in kontiny son bann vizit yer dan distrik Bel Air ek Ile Perseverance 1 ek 2.
Akonpannyen par reprezantan plizyer lazans dan pei osi byen ki bann diferan departman ki tonb anba son lofis, Prezidan Faure ti konmans son vizit kot Msye Felix Suzette, en sitwayen aze anler San Soucis. Apre sa i ti desann apye pour al vizit nouvo day care centre Home 2 kot i ti diskit avek responsab Sheila Uzice e osi enterakte avek bann zanfan. I annan aktyelman 70 zanfan ki sorti enpe partou lo Mahé ek 10 travayer kot sa day care.
Prezidan Faure ti apre al vizit en landrwa Curio Road kot i ekspekte annan en proze semen e apre desann pour al vwar landrwa kot en lot proze semen i ekspekte fer Stevenson Delhomme Road kot en semen pyeton i ekspekte ganny transformen an en semen segonder kot transpor i kapab pase. Sa semen i ekspekte vin zwenn avek semen prensipal Bel Air.
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Visit to Cascade and Pointe Larue districts

16-September-2017
President wants to see work on district projects speed up

President Danny Faure has again set out deadlines and timeframes to either complete or start work on various district projects and social issues during another one of his regular visits to various districts in the country.
Yesterday he visited the districts of Cascade and Pointe Larue, both situated in the eastern part of Mahé, where he and his delegation accompanied by members of the National Assembly of both districts -- Jude Valmont for Pointe Larue and Charles De Commarmond for Cascade, representatives from MLUH, SLTA, social affairs, NDEA, poverty alleviation office, toured various spots of both districts which the MNAs and DAs have earmarked as areas that need urgent or most attention.
At Cascade President Faure visited tenants living in emergency houses at Brillant; the asphalt plant at Petit Paris which will cease operation soon as a new one will be commissioned at Providence in a few months’ time; Anse des Genets road projects.
He also visited several families where he was briefed on the various issues and constraints they are facing especially when it comes to building or renovating their houses.
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Letter to the Editor - ‘The Voice of the Nation’

19-September-2017
“For Seychelles advocacy on National Unity, there is no question mark. The proof is in the pudding. Seychelles advocacy here I AM, all embodied in the Spirit to rise and prosper”. 2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV ‘If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land’.
We, the people of Seychelles, were born free Seychellois under this Divine Creole Sky. We have embraced History as per our spiced Creole cuisine and today, we see ourselves in the Cohabitation kitchen, with mixed political ingredients and a dish to set for an elected chef.
Change is imperative and we as ‘voters’ – let us stand for who we are – the core ingredient and main catalyst for real change in establishing the ‘New Seychelles’. My people, the power to change is in our electorate hands and the power to conserve our freedom rest in our devoted palm. Why give your freedom away, when you already know the hardship of living in a cage? In our fight for a democratic platform where Seychelles stands first before self, we must NEVER leave a man behind, regardless of his standing in our society; he bears credentials to our existence and humanity. A man must do what a man must do! We elected a president in December 2015. But many, disgruntled with the election's outcome, have been justly criticising, scoffing off and condemning Mr James Michel; and others are calling for his impeachment, sigh! The FIU & NDEA dilemmas are proof enough for the mismanagement of public funds from the BIG Seychelles House and we now stand witness to the outcome of the debates to bring to justice the corrupted minds and architects.
If the country is to be free from corruption, drugs, victimisation, dishonesty, untruthfulness, hypocrisy, immoral and deceitful practices, we must bring in the spirit of righteousness, justice, morality, ethical behaviour and practices, integrity and even question times as being groomed by the Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) of the 6th Cohort of the leading opposition National Assembly, the Legislative arm of our Government.
Never before have our public accounts been so exposed to the eyes of our Nation, while we continue to pay our social and tax commitments for the benefits of a few! There is a resounding echo across our country to ‘bring back the monies’ for the benefit of our Seychellois people. In my opinion, such fault-finding neither represents the highest and best of our nation's political tradition, nor do help solve the problems we are challenged with. I do not support ideologies that promote hatred for the president. As Seychellois, we have the right to disagree with the past and even current political proposals and agendas and with actions and policies that came or come out of the Executive arm of our Government.
But to unfairly condemn President Danny Faure for trying to do the job he is incumbent to do, I believe is wide off the mark, and not in the best interest of the country. Yet, the people are still trying to assess as to where he stands on our political grounds in this phenomenal cohabitation period! The Bible says we are to pray for our leaders (I Timothy 2:1-3) — i.e. their families and administrations, and particularly in this cohabitation period, for all our political leaders. We need to unite in a firm support of democracy and continue to fight for transparency, good governance and accountability as well as respect for our leaders. Let us pray that God will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14), for as long as hatred, contempt for authority, and evil-doing continue to divide and weaken us, destroying the spirit of National Unity we have long craved for, we will have little peace and security — and I don't believe the Almighty GOD will continue to bless and/or prosper us…
I have been entrusted with the power to see that our future is commendable, doing so without actually being the President, and this in itself is an amazing gift from the Almighty One. But, being able to speak for my people’s behalf, to act as ‘the Voice of our Nation’, without having been elected yet – is a remarkable exploit…. He leads, I serve! On the one side of our Cohabitation platform, I hear the phrase ‘the people’, over and over again to drum up support for political parties, candidates and laws. It’s even written into our Constitution. We continue to preside over ‘the people’, the very same people who voted for us and our cabinet. Yet, the icing is what my people have been ingesting in the past; we have heard that from the leading political contingents, and obviously the cake has been shared among those who did not have the ability to see into the Seychellois people’s household. The ‘Voice of the Nation’, the voice of ONE people – is now demanding justice and an equal share of our country’s dividends in a manner which is inclusive for all.
Today, as we ride on the Cohabitation train to our next destination, we are seeing crucial divisions which are hindering not only solutions to our tribulations, but unveiling problems the average Seychellois never thought or knew they had. Our inhabitants attest that though integrated help does not merely reach ‘the people’ – the politicians win every time! And even if they lose, they will still fight for ‘the people’. Hitherto, we gaze at our Cohabitation train’s ticket and wonder – when will the Seychellois people win, when? And what’s best for the politician is this: when approached for comment(s), ‘the people’ evaporates into foggy groups of individuals with their own hopes, fears and needs. I have been down that channel, and who among them could adequately provide comment(s) on behalf of the people?
I stand strong as a ‘National Unity Advocate’, and I stand firm as a ‘Voice for the Nation’, for in years to come, you could be sitting in this chair! This is what my Country has offered me and offers to the people… All you have to do is be prepared to work hard and strive for the betterment of a more prosperous nation.

Jacob Terence Madeleine, ACSI
Writer, National Unity Advocate

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The views expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Seychelles NATION newspaper

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SIDS-SIDS cooperation dominate President’s talks at the UN

Post  Sirop14 on Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:00 am

New York, 20 September 2017 - Cooperation between island countries once again dominated President Danny Faure’s meetings at the United Nations General Debate in New York today.

The President first met Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius to discuss matters of mutual interest in the Indian Ocean, cooperation in the social sector including health and education, and an exchange of experiences in the rehabilitation of drug users among other bilateral issues.

In another meeting between small island developing states (SIDS), President Tommy Remengesau of Palau expressed interest in benefiting from Seychelles’ experiences in building a Blue Economy, sourcing innovative financing for sustainable development and addressing climate change, and in maritime and especially fisheries surveillance at both the national and regional level.

Foreign Secretary Claude Morel attended a high-level event on “Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organised Crime” hosted by the Institute for Security Studies, the International Police Organisation INTERPOL, and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.

He also delivered a statement at a meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Mr Morel expressed Seychelles’ appreciation to China for upholding its pledges towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and for recognising and actively promoting the importance of the Blue Economy as an economic growth driver for island and coastal states.

Seychelles-China relations were built on very strong foundations, the Foreign Secretary said, and a “convergence of views and mutual aspirations in our quest to build a world governed by peace, dialogue, understanding, respect and solidarity”.

Seychelles Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ronny Jumeau, attended a high-level dialogue entitled “The Oceans – a Wealth of Opportunities”. Co-hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Palauan President Tommy Remengesau, the event promoted action and international partnerships to strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and marine resources.Ends.

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From small islands come big ideas, President Faure tells the world

New York, 21 September 2017 - “From small islands come big ideas,” President Danny Faure told world leaders in New York yesterday.

He was referring to action Seychelles has been taking in recent years to find innovative ways to fund sustainable development through the 2030 Agenda and address climate change under the Paris Agreement.

The President was speaking to heads of state and government from around the world gathered in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) hall for the annual General Debate by world leaders.

He informed them that last year Seychelles reached an agreement with the Paris Club and others on a first-of-its-kind US$21 million debt-for-adaptation swap to protect 30% of its 1.37- million-square-kilometre exclusive economic zone, partly as ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change.

Seychelles aimed to follow this up by launching the world’s first blue bonds by the end of this year to raise another US$15 million for sustainable fishing practices in its waters.

“Both these measures seek to establish innovative sources of financing to implement Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans and seas and other interlinked SDGs as part of developing the Seychelles blue economy,” said the President.

He thanked Seychelles’ many partners at home and abroad who had helped the country on this “bold and exciting new path to sustainable development and resilience to climate change”, and who continued to be actively involved.

The President noted the great success of UN Ocean Conference in New York in June at which Seychelles was highly visible and its Call for Action.

“As President of a large ocean developing state, I would like to reiterate Seychelles’ commitment to continue playing a pioneering role in finding innovative ways to respond to the Call for Action and implement SDG14 as an integral part of all the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda,” Mr Faure said.

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