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Seychelles ranked first in Africa for ocean health

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) has ranked Seychelles first in Africa after the latest global assessment of ocean health. Globally the island nation came out 33rd amongst 220 countries and territories. Morocco and Egypt were ranked second and third on the continent. The ranking is another important milestone for the archipelago after one of its most popular beaches – Beau Vallon – […]

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New policy to guide how Seychelles’ genetic resources can be used by researchers, businesses

Seychelles has launched a policy that will guide how researchers and foreign institutions can access the country’s genetic resources and the local knowledge associated with their traditional use. Under the Convention on Biological Diversity — an international treaty signed by 198 countries including Seychelles — genetic resources are any material of plant, animal, microbial or other origin containing units of heredity.  These […]

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Tourism eco-camp in uber-remote Seychelles protects sea turtles from poachers

Blue Safari Seychelles has set up an eco-camp on a super remote island in the Indian Ocean nation, an installation that helps keep hunted sea turtles alive. Visitors can experience a true getaway adventure on a paradise island — Cosmoledo — situated 1,030 kilometres from the archipelago’s main island of Mahe.  Keeping conservation, preservation and protection of nature at heart, Blue Safari […]

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World Bank assist Seychelles with planned technical and vocational school

The World Bank is currently on a first education mission to the Seychelles to assist the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development to develop the framework for the operation of the island nation’s technical and vocational school.  Education specialists from the international financial institution are to provide advice for the school as well as discuss the challenges of education […]

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Seychelles Bank to introduce Islam banking practices

A new bank offering the Islamic finance banking concept — which works on the basis of risk-sharing instead of interest — opened in Seychelles on Saturday. Once the legal framework is approved by the National Assembly, Al Salam bank will be the first in Seychelles to offer Islamic Sharia-compliant products and services. The bank is located at the Maison Esplanade […]

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5 important Seychellois of Chinese descent

The arrival of Chinese immigrants to Seychelles has had a profound affect on the country, from politics to religion to business. The names Sham Peng Tong, Chow, Man-Cham, Chang-Him, Ah Moye, and Fayon among others can commonly be found in Seychelles, in schools, offices, church and the business sector. The first Chinese immigrants arrived on the island nation in 1863. Others […]

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Seychellois artists raise awareness on environment sustainability

Seychellois visual artists are using artworks created mostly from recycled materials to raise awareness on the island nation’s fragile environment and the need for conservation. Art installations have been put on two of the three main islands as part of a national arts project – UP! Seychelles – implemented by the Seychelles Art Projects Foundation. George Camille, the chairperson of […]

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Colonel Clifford Roseline named new Chief of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces

Colonel Clifford Roseline on Friday was appointed as the new Chief of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) following the retirement of Brigadier Leopold Payet, who had held the post for 11 years. The Commander-in-Chief of the SPDF, President Danny Faure, presented Roseline with his Instrument of Appointment at a ceremony at State House on Friday morning. Roseline has been […]