SIROP combine exile/refugee Program

SIROP combine exile/refugee Program
When will the 21,000 - 25,000 Seychellois exile/refugees get Justice

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Arbitrage relatif à l’aire marine protégée des Chagos (Maurice c. Royaume-Uni)

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Arbitrage relatif à l’aire marine protégée des Chagos (Maurice c. Royaume-Uni)

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22/3/2015


We decided to access -the ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL CONSTITUTED UNDER ANNEX VII
OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA to study the very very many documents. 

In the first instance there are some 25 odd specialist from the Mauritius side, the complexities of the presentation and process - it does not do justice to read the documents one and make proper conclusion - one need/require to read a few time and think come back and study the many pros and cons. 

This is not the purpose we have address this thread - from a Sechelles Seychelles prospective even Mauritius ignore there are exile from Seychelles and we have some 21,000 to 25,000 roughly one third of the current population. 

This said how Mauritius treats and have treated the Illois the past 30 years and their respective Rights and the rights of those Illois in Sechelles Seychelles some 500 of them. 

Prior to the multiparty announcement - we had what was known and termed as Exile government and their respective rights under international laws particularly the UN

Given that in spite the return of multiparty, the new constitution, the third Republic only some 150/200 individuals have returned. 

That SIROP program voluntary repatriation - had called for a wider international support to help return and resettle those 21,000 - 25,000 exiles/refugees. 


To enable this to happen we were required by the Seychelles government of President FA Rene to put into place a historic economic program supported and financed by the International community to the tune of $500 - $800 millions 


It required a very active participation of the exile community across the world and in Seychelles to be implemented by Seychelles government - However that was not the original deal - it had looked a greater political participation in the form of elected Oppositions and appointed bodied to help implement this program and process. With events which followed this was not possible and we have had a situation where Seychelles government have dictated everything regarding the implementation of that Return program. 

We have been demanding a UN, EU or African Review of that Program as is the International norm with very little success for the past 15 years. 
This said - this exile return program have no official acknowledge/registered representation in Seychelles - it has been left to respective individuals, former leading exile to address their views. In spite of we calling for the setting up of proper body which would represent the greater interests of all the 21,000 - 25,000 exiles/refugees. 

We have requested in writing to those MNA in Opposition to present our issues, call in the national Assembly and they have all refused/completely ignored it.


In the case of Mauritius v British government before the UN ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA - stress and underline the important legal expertise and legal resource put into place. 

In Seychelles since the calling of the 3rd Republic the Legal profession and Justice system have greatly developed and enhanced yet beside leading lawyer Philippe Boulle, Pardiwalla Townmy, Labalch, eventually other case we are not aware of/have not been made aware - the refusal for the justice and legal system to provide and help in meaningful way to help address the exile plight - case and the issues of the important economic program. 

From Europe have addressed Seychelles government, the ruling political party and the many relevant institutions, including the Court and NGO. 

We presented the facts that prior to multiparty being introduced - the Seychelles exile/refugee had what was termed as exile government. The manner and respective relation they developed with the many Europe and international institutions and governments. 

We hold the argument that because Seychelles government never adequately address the proper problematic and political issues of those 21,000 - 25,000 exile, safe take over that $500 - $800 millions economic program and promote it as their political concept which was very different under the government of President FA Rene. The facts that only 150/200 maximum individuals returned and even then their situation and plight - whatever the government propaganda and media address. We have a right to form an exile government with all its Powers and required structures. Beside under UN and International laws the rights of those 21,000 - 25,000 exile to create a separate State/nation entity - we have not taken this road given the call for national reconciliation and greater efforts to create national harmony. 

This said, within the Rights of those exiles as stipulated under the International laws promoting their many respective interests the institutions and mechanism they put into place and deploy and the objective to serve. 

In this manner - the exiles/refugees who have not returned have engaged and interacted with a very long list of issues relevant and pertinent from an exile government prospective or exile grouping prospective. 

This have included the issues of Bilateral issues, between Seychelles and Mauritius, host of important issues regarding the COI, the RIM Association. 


Those exile/refugee until 1991 and the third Republic took it upon themselves to work, monitor and address the issues of BIOT, Diego Garcia - we have cited to important issues those exile factions who had wanted to create an incident so that USA engage Seychelles Communist government. The second issues was the proposed creation of an international refugee settlement on on of the Island of the BIOT group under the banner of the UN if not solution could be found with Seychelles government. 

In the process of workings those issues have acquired the knowledge and experience to work some of the most complex diplomatic issues, to lobby, or enhance or drive and given issues to achieve a give objective in our favor or combine interests. 

Hence we found ourselves for the past 36 years engage in the many complex issues, court, media, UN, EU, African Union regarding the BIOT and Diego Garcia. All those who have noted the capacity of the exile/refugee to engage and contribute to very many important issues and their conclusion. 

To put into place that SIROP program it required a very great deal of expertise and experience, abilities - the manner global diplomatic works and global business works. For example we found it necessary/ a requirement for future Mauritius to work the issues of that SIROP program, the subject of COI and the RIM Association it had to have Republic status and we worked, help put into place the due mechanism, parameters to help and contribute to this process - everybody ignored those 21,000 -25,000 exile/refuge involvements - yet they represent near one third of Seychelles population and four time the number of Chagossain displaced. 

In the process of driving and enhancing the work to progress the subject of the exile/refugee and that SIROP economic program they have acquired a very important reputation by the EU, the UN, African Union, Commonwealth, Francophone, the none aligned, Regional Indian ocean workings as have adequate capacity to participate and contribute to achieving a given objective. 

As such have impacted and influenced a great number of bilateral subjects between Mauritius, the Chagossain and Britain. We are not aiming to write a legal document here - endeavoring to use language and terminology that every person can read and understand. 

In the report and very many meetings, documents listed in the UN ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA there are no mention of the Seychelles exile/refugee involvements. 

The question how do we go about explaining what we have done and the many instance we hae engaged and been involved and impacted many of the events, decisions and subjects. In all Democratic countries and nations they of relevancy, they are important. 

Examples - the era of lady Thatcher the subject we engaged her government and ministers and the media other institutions and the impact on ongoing discussion and process. The same of PM John Major, particularly that of PM Blair - the regional conflicts and the correlation of those 21,000 - 25,000 Seychelles exiles/refugees. The many instance we have engaged the British government on very many subjects, those of PM Gordon Brown given that the Illois have been promoting a concept/project for their resettlement and some kind of return on one of the BIOT Island. 

What nobody say and write about - it was the 21,000 - 25,000 Seychelles exile/refugee how influenced the decision of PM Blair to formulate the politic he did regarding the BIOT and the Chagos - that Marin park Project. 

The dynamic we contributed to, mechanism we have help/contribute to put into place, subject we have impacted - the capacity to influence the judgement and outcome. This is very grave statement. None of the parties be they the Mauritius government or the Illois care to address this - in this case we have a right and compel to share these issues with the Greater public - those in Seychelles who wish or are interested to follow it up and those officials of the UN, AU, EU and Regional bodies. 

The Tribunal having made their decision with not regard and taking account of the Seychelles exile/refuge equation, events and the future. We cannot foresee and radical of changed form Seychelles government - so we are looking at a long term establishment and structure development and topic engagement by those 21,000 - 25,000 exiles. This included the BIOT and Chagossain. 

There is the important need to address the manner Dr Navin Ramgolan, Mauritius media, the parliament and other institutions is presenting this development as all their accomplishment. { We have written to the press and many other personalities and those who read our social network that it was on account of that SIROP program work being undertaken in Strasbourg, France and Austria - this impacted important the election dynamic and synergy in Mauritius and cause the voters to sway/change - it is a very normal and common science and discipline yet. 

Dr Ramgolam is well aware of those 21,000 - 25,000 exiles capacity to influence and impact many of not just Mauritius but important regional issue. Yet he state it was his office the decided on the approach and manner to go to the UN Tribunal - all those who know London, Europe reasonable well the important impact those 21,000 - 25,000 exile /refugee program was having and have been having - if they can impact important EU workings, policy making and the EU Budget they can equally impact the working of Mauritius bilateral and this arbitration case. Which they did. The question how to integrate this into the subject. 

Both parties, Mauritius and the Chagossian have time and time reverted to the EU Justice, the UN, International court and British court to address the abuse of their Rights - those 21,000 - 25,000 Seychellois exiles/refugee have the same Rights. 

It would have been of great help if those from the exile/returning refugee with legal and judiciary knowledge would.could have helped in writing this thread. 


We cannot wait - help may/will never come. 


Chagos : but historique de Maurice contre l’Angleterre
http://www.lemauricien.com/blog/chagos- ... angleterre

Navin Ramgoolam, sous le coup de plusieurs enquêtes policières, a repris la parole le temps  d’une conférence de presse sur le «outcome» positif de son action pour la souveraineté de Maurice  sur les Chagos au Tribunal de la mer

APRÈS LE JUGEMENT DU TRIBUNAL ARBITRAL PERMANENT SUR LES CHAGOS : Ramgoolam affirme sa grande satisfaction personnelle




22/3/2015
Comment - There is a very strange, abnormal,  eerie feeling this Monday morning since the announcement of the UN Arbitral Tribunal in London. Reminding one of the time of Independence and self government era/feelings - saying goodbye to the colony. 

We have been trying to discover/find out what next - those Chagossain have been granted British Citizenship after a very long and bitter battle - they will not be able to retain their citizenship. The British government will not let them keep it indefinitely. This include all the financial, social, education and medical benefits. 

They will have to acquire Mauritius Citizenship as per the Ruling - if one is to go by the ruling. 

What about the planned feasible study for their resettlement this also will have to be shelved -it is the sole responsibility of Mauritius -, beside UN, EU, African Financial help  - the British government largess. 

Dr Ramgolam stated the USA must retain their Military base/Facilities. 

What about the many Trust and Bodies set up to work the issue under British government and political./economic prospective - it is going to be messy a bit like miniature Scotland getting its independence - nobody had waited for this to happen suddenly. 

The Legal rights of the Illois and Chagossain will have to revert to that of Rhodrigue Island. They will have to undertake the process. 

What about those 500 Illois/Chagossains in  Sechelles Seychelles - will they get/be entitled to dual Nationality - To go and settle there

We want to address the two instance where those Military strategist created a War situation, the first and second Gulf War, Afghanistan and current Gulf/North Africa highly volatile situation - beside the situation between the USA and Russia and China in the Indian Ocean.  Those who suggest  they/somebody may start a major conflict to override the UN Arbitration Tribunal ruling. 

It is all very well for the people and sovereignty of Mauritius to be reinstate - the much bigger picture, the military situation in the region, Britain engagement, many political and Security issues because of their position and Rights over the BIOT.  Those nations and entities with important military resource who will scene this situation to exert their power and interests - India for one, the situation in Iraq and Iran the current Nuclear negotiation and Pakistan own very situation. The coming election and the British defense budget, PM Blair and Brown military concepts for those Island and region - the issues of Pirates and Maritime Security. The current Coalition government. {this topic had been linked to Ukraine those who know/aware}

Most important we can expect a very different media,  human and institutional relation between the British people and the Chagossians community, the Seychelles community and the Mauritius community in Britain and Europe. 

What does this mean and spell for the COI, the RIM Association and Seychelles Mauritius relation. Not to exclude Mauritius relation with the African Union. 

# We have read the issue of environmental impact of that resettlement program, in 1980, those who would have refused to acknowledge this, the El Nenhio phenomena which followed - the manner KPMG have presented it. How they judge it can be managed. When we worked the subject of the Channel Tunnel we addressed the debacle and complexities of continental environmental, synergistic, archaic displacement and its global impact on Madagascar those who refuse to listen and what ensued.The world and small like Seychelles today have acquire a great deal of knowledge in the science of managing such topic and issues - for instance the very many projects in Seychelles on Risk management and they will have o send a great deal of resource to revamp and update their current aspect if and when the Resettlement program get the green light - particular its close proximity and many Arcadian links to BIOT and those Islands. Until 2000 nations like Sechelles Seychelles were not meant to understand and know such highly complex discipline and since. Or for that matter that Pan African/Europe Transport project and the Spain Morocco link - Exile/refugee politic of Europe and Africa. There are very many project out there, to collect data and experience. In Europe/East Europe the many environmental impacts of expansion and enlargement - which were never addressed but just implemented an later the impacts debated, analysed and studied. This is a special science  hence then science of High Management and we have had some 30 years workings this discipline in the Indian Ocean. 

Given that KPMG have undertaken that study and he report, they knew and have know a very great deal about that SIROP program and the many impacts we have address in the region on the COI countries, on India, Pakistan and gulf Nations. Yet their respective position. 

On the other hand - at the high of 2007/8 on the back of the global impact of that SIROP program, Europe, Asia, USA, Latin america, Russia, china, Australia positive synergy from that SIROP program, because they KPMG, E&Y, all the big four they started developing management discipline and badly thought out  and integrated this in to their accounting discipline and this was/became a major aspect and reason for the global meltdown of 2008. The many court cases, documentary. The big banks role - their will be fiscal environmental and synergistic impacts when they introduce the Banking institutions in BIOT to work that resettlement program. The very British approach to banking unless Mauritius is allowed to introduce degree and percentage of its Banking and financial Institutions. The archaic relation, Illuminati mechanism.  The government of J A Michel and the SPUP/SPPF/PL refuse to listen  and when the Project begins its implementation process - then they will run all over the pace seeking for resource to counter managed the impact. 






25/3/2015
Chagos Reclaiming an archipelago Facebook  article 

PDF]BIOT Feasibility Study - Draft Inception Report - Gov.UK









25/3/2015

CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO : Beyond the UN Court Ruling


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Sandokan | 03/20/15


It is great news that the Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled that the UK breached its international obligations in creating a Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Islands in 2010. Two judges issued a dissenting comment, saying that the UK showed complete disregard for the territorial integrity of Mauritius and had used the 'language of intimidation'
We must give credit to the previous government who took the UK government to the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Mauritius had a strong legal team made of mauritian, american and british lawyers and advisers.
An independent study commissioned by the UK government has already found that a managed resettlement programme could be completed to create an environmentally, economically and socially viable and vibrant society.
It will be long fight. The Brits are good at delaying tactics. It took many years before we got to Istanbul. SAJ will need to look carefully how the government proceeds especially the lease to the americans is due to expire.
WE TRUST SAJ AND WE HOPE HE WILL GIVE THEM HELL !!!

Voir Diego et renaître




Friday, 23 January 2015

Saudi Arabia acts fast on succession after king's death

Le nouveau roi Salmane d'Arabie saoudite le 6 janvier 2015 à Ryad

Arabie Saoudite. Qui va succéder au roi Abdallah ?


Le prince héritier Salman bin Abdelaziz est devenu à 69 ans le nouveau roi d'Arabie saoudite après la mort d'Abdallah, 90 ans.

Né le 15 septembre 1945 à Ryad, Salman Ben Abdel Aziz, le plus jeune des 45 fils d'Abdel Aziz, fondateur du royaume saoudien (lire notre encadré ci-dessous) arrive sur le trône après avoir été désigné en 2012 comme prince héritier. Il aura pour tâche de mettre en oeuvre les réformes économiques et sociales entamées de manière prudente sous le règne d'Abdallah.

Un aspirant libéral et prudent



« Il me semble qu'il est capable de trouver l'équilibre délicat et nécessaire pour faire avancer la société (saoudienne) tout en respectant les traditions et les positions conservatrices », explique Robert Jordan qui fut ambassadeur des États-Unis à Ryad de 2001 à 2003.

Les estimations faites par les services diplomatiques américains et dévoilés lors de l'affaire WikiLeaks le décrivent comme un homme prudent sur la question des réformes culturelles et sociales.

Artisan de la nouvelle Ryad

Personnage imposant, possédant l'un des plus puissants groupes médiatiques du monde arabe, Salman estime que la démocratie ne convient pas au royaume saoudien conservateur. Pendant près d'un demi-siècle, de 1962 à 2011, il fut gouverneur de la province de Ryad, une fonction qui lui a permis de travailler en relations étroites avec les traditionalistes mais aussi avec des technocrates libéraux.

Il a notamment supervisé la transformation de la capitale saoudienne qui est passée d'une petite ville plantée dans le désert à une métropole régionale.

Apprentissage 

Diplômé en 1968 de la prestigieuse école militaire britannique de Cranwell, il a servi dans l'armée de l'air saoudienne avant d'exercer, à partir de 1980, les fonctions de gouverneur à Haël (nord), puis à Médine (ouest).

En octobre 2005, il a été chargé de diriger les services du renseignement, une mission qui lui a permis de parfaire son expérience politique et de nouer un réseau de relations internationales.

En février 2013, le prince Moqren a été désigné deuxième vice-président du Conseil des ministres, ouvrant la voie à sa nomination comme futur prince héritier.

À l'écoute de ses concitoyens

Connu pour sa modestie et l'intérêt qu'il porte aux préoccupations de ses concitoyens, le prince, qui s'intéresse aussi aux questions agricoles et astronomiques, est un partisan de la mise en place d'un e-gouvernement en Arabie, un pays ultraconservateur.

La famille royale saoudienne fonde son droit à gouverner sur la protection des deux premiers lieux saints de l'islam, La Mecque et Médine, qui se situent sur le territoire du royaume.

Un modéré habile qui a perçu les attentes des religieux

Considéré comme un musulman fervent, Salman a été éduqué à « l'école des princes » créée dans le palais Ibn Saoud par l'imam de la Grande mosquée de La Mecque et est attaché à l'idée que la pratique d'un islam pur est essentielle à la vie du royaume.

Malgré ses fortes convictions religieuses, le nouveau roi a la réputation d'être tourné vers l'extérieur. « C'est un politique intelligent, proche de la base conservatrice mais également doté d'opinions modernes », précise un ancien diplomate qui fut en poste à Ryad.

Poursuite des réformes

En tant que gouverneur provincial, Salman a eu affaire avec des interlocuteurs et des gouvernements étrangers d'une manière bien plus fréquente que les autres membres du pouvoir. Il a joué à plusieurs reprises un rôle d'arbitre dans des conflits au sein de la famille régnante, une situation qui l'a peu à peu placé au centre du pouvoir.

Lors d'une rencontre avec l'ambassadeur américain à Ryad en 2007, Salman expliquait à son interlocuteur que les réformes engagées par Abdallah devaient être poursuivies lentement afin de ne pas provoquer une réaction de rejet de la part des conservateurs.

Mentalité conservatrice

« Je pense qu'il va poursuivre les réformes d'Abdallah. Il en comprend la nécessité. Il n'est pas conservateur par nature, mais il attache de l'importance aux convictions de l'opinion conservatrice dans le pays », explique Djamal Khashoggi, patron d'une des chaînes de télé appartenant à un prince.

« Abdallah voulait faire évoluer les conservateurs, pas les écraser. Salman a respecté le statu quo. Il veut des réformes mais il est très proche de la mentalité tribale, de la nature conservatrice de son électorat », ajoute-t-il.

Pas d'oeillères

Selon lui, l'instauration de la démocratie paraît impossible dans le pays en raison des divisions régionales et tribales. Il estime d'autre part qu'une résolution du conflit israélo-palestinien est nécessaire à la stabilité au Proche-Orient.

« Il ne prend pas pour argent comptant tout ce que disent les États-Unis », explique Robert Jordan, précisant que dans un premier temps il n'avait pas cru que des Saoudiens étaient impliqués dans les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 comme l'affirmait Washington. « Mais dans le même temps, il perçoit l'importance de cette relation qui dépasse largement la question pétrolière », ajoute le diplomate.

http://www.ouest-france.fr/roi-abdallah-darabie-saoudite-qui-est-le-nouveau-prince-heritier-3136709

Ce qui attend le successeur du roi Abdallah d'Arabie saoudite
Salman bin Abdelaziz devient le nouveau roi d’Arabie Saoudite dans un contexte de tension exceptionnelle au Proche-Orient avec les conflits en Syrie et en Irak et la lutte d’influence accrue entre son pays et l’Iran sur le plan régional. Agé de 79 ans, il serait de santé fragile.

http://www.lesechos.fr/monde/afrique-moyen-orient/0204103679897-le-successeur-dabdallah-un-conservateur-prudent-1086119.php

Abdallah : le monde salue un « homme de paix »
Après la mort du roi d'Arabie saoudite, les hommages se multiplient. François Hollande salue la «mémoire d'un homme d'Etat dont la vision d'une paix juste et durable au Moyen-Orient reste plus que jamais d'actualité »

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2015/01/23/01003-20150123ARTFIG00139-abdallah-le-monde-salue-un-homme-de-paix.php

En Arabie saoudite, le roi Abdallah est mort, le système continue
http://www.la-croix.com/Editos/En-Arabie-saoudite-le-roi-Abdallah-est-mort-le-systeme-continue-2015-01-23-1271820

Mort du roi Abdallah d'Arabie : Hollande ira «présenter ses condoléances»
http://www.leparisien.fr/international/mort-d-abdallah-d-arabie-hommage-mondial-pas-de-changement-de-politique-23-01-2015-4472141.php#xtref=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.fr%2F


 Comment - 
Last night we addressed an/the issues of high Interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary Management working with higher Institutions of the world, their persons and issues. ( A very brief example the case/incident of Michael Shumacher - we have taken to writing/explaining sch issues to very very many when a grave incident or given high personality is affected.)

What we have written about the Killing at charlie Hebdo and those who know our high responsibility in Britain knowingly apply highly abnormal psychological, criminal and very abnormal mechanism - their objective and aim and what occurs and take place in he process and their deceitful benchmark, nature - those who say they are officials and have the rights to hack all our information, harvest them then use then and abuse them worse than pedophile and sex abusers - when others react and thing breakup what they then write and their so call experts explanation. 

{We had not wanted to address this thread this morning more/instead the thread about the EBC so call decision to Print money to inject in the EU economy - when we have been writing this was not necessary, the experiment we carried out in November and December and the so call armies of experts and great scientist and the lot. It was something we had done just a it can trigger something very negative can trigger something positive - depending on the approach - the announcement the next day 21/1/15, those same lost who worked the issues of Lord Leon Britten have know our issues and responsibilities since the days of Lady Thatcher how they have/had used and abused it them what their media and so cal c,me forward and explained.} The terrible Medical benchmark involved the long list of many sicknesses, ills and human pain they can unleashed using that infernal satanic rage/crack vibe, cjd mechanism - those who know and counter react. In this instance these are current Ministers using/applying this infernal mechanism it is the same mechanism that saw to it got PM John Major in very big trouble and kick out of Office but this is not what they wrote. Because he had been over abusing it. Using locals, neighbors and all kinds of persons then they all deny their acts and actions. When we address the International court and the European court and the ICC then they say English law rules only we want to get out of the EU Justice system. 

Back to the real issues - we have been imputing in many important high issues of the Gulf Region for the past 35 years from an Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary high management those who know the science and work the science/discipline as such was the case with the last Rule of Saudi Arabia those from the era of president Reagan, Bush, Clinton who know of the workings/. 

From my/our respective Associates convey our condolence and sincere sympathy to the Saudi nation and the Royal Family, their respective Institutions. Equally on behalf of our greater Sechelles Seychelles exile workings across the world and our EU Community convey our Condolence and respect. The late king had know all the issues of that SIROP program impact and all the new Rulers and heads of government which had been /come about as a result of the impacts and synergy. Equally the debacle of the so call North African Spring. 

http://seyeu.clubdiscussion.net/t889-arabie-saoudite-qui-va-succeder-au-roi-abdallah

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Year 2014 news highlights from Sechelles Seychelles prospective












31-December-2014



As we come to the end of 2014, Seychelles Nation presents its readers with a month-by-month review of the major local news that have marked this eventful year.


January

The international airline ranking company Skytrax promotes Air Seychelles to a four-star airline among only 36 others worldwide, and the continent’s second best!

The Skytrax airline rankings are decided each year by the votes of 18 million passengers from 100 different countries based on an extensive audit programme which examines more than 800 different areas of product and service delivery, using rigourous quality criteria.

The grading system is recognised as the key benchmarking tool for customer satisfaction by the global airline industry.

The latest Seychelles flagged purse seiner, the IZARO, is officially launched in Bilbao, Spain.
The IZARO, a 1900 m3 tuna purse seiner vessel, has been built at the Spanish shipyard Zamakona S.A., based in Puerto Pesquero, on a contract which represents a total investment volume of €30 million.

The vessel was designed and developed by Cintranaval-Defcar, Bilbao.
The 88 metre-long and 14 metre-wide new vessel is equipped with state of the art fish detecting technology, -60 freezing capacity and tuna handling systems.
The IZARO also has 20 cargo tanks for freezing and storage with a total cargo volume of 1,330 tonnes of tuna.

Departman Lazenes i inisye en nouvo progranm ki apel ‘Valer Pour Mwan, Valer Pour Nou Tou’.
Son bi se pour reanmenn en kiltir bon valer dan nou sosyete.

Progranm ‘Valer Pour Mwan, Valer Pour Nou Tou’ i vize a bann adolesan e bann zenn ki atraver zot bann aksyon dan lekol, kominote e landrwa travay pou kontribye reanmenn bann bon valer dan nou sosyete.

Progranm ‘Valer Pour Mwan, Valer Pour Nou Tou’ pou adopte en valer diferan tou le mwan, e devlop li pandan en peryod 3-an. Valer ki’n swazir pour son premye mwan lenplimantasyon i ‘determinasyon’.

Seychelles hosts the first in a series of talks with Tanzania on the possibility of making a joint submission of an area of the extended continental shelf in the Aldabra region to the United Nations Commission.

This is in accordance with the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Herminie, attends the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in Wellington, New Zealand (January 21-25).

Held every two years, the conference aims to maintain, foster and encourage impartiality and fairness on the part of speakers and presiding officers of parliaments; promote knowledge and understanding of parliamentary democracy in its various forms and develop parliamentary institutions.


February

Francis Rachel Street is now officially a one-way road, a move which forms part of a bigger plan that will be implemented in phases to ease traffic congestion in Victoria.

A major project initiated last year to carry water from three rivers to the La Gogue dam is completed.
The project involved the construction of three barrages at Rhodas, Le Niol and Mount Simpson rivers, a 200m cube water tank and the laying of approximately 8km of pipeline.

The project has cost around R37 million and its main aim is to increase the volume of water entering the La Gogue dam.

President James Michel delivers his 10th State-of-the-nation address to the Seychelles National Assembly, placing emphasis on the principles of determination, responsibility and national unity in advancing the country's socio-economic achievements.

Vice-President Danny Faure arrives in Chennai, India, to represent President James Michel as chief guest at the 15th anniversary of the MIOT International Hospitals.
The government of Seychelles has been sending patients to MIOT on overseas specialised treatment since 2005.
MIOT International Hospitals is a leading multi-specialty hospital which has received international patients from over 129 countries.


March

The Seychelles government enters into an agreement with a foreign investment company, JACCAR Holdings, to build and operate a 425-metre commercial fishing quay at Ile du Port.

Under the agreement, a Seychelles-based joint venture (JV) company will be created to run the project on a “Build-Operate-Transfer” (BOT) basis. This means that the new company will construct and manage the quay, and transfer it to government after recovery of the construction cost.

The JV will consist of the Société Seychelloise d’Investissement (SSI) on behalf of government (40%), JACCAR Holdings (40%), and other private Seychellois shareholders (20%).

The project will be financed on an 80%-20% debt-equity basis and expected to cost between US $15 to US $20 million.

Parti Lepep i organiz en senpozyonm anba tenm ‘En nouvo Sesel, en nouvo frontyer pour le prosen 50-an’.
Sa i tonm dan kad son zibile lor ki i pou selebre le 2 Zen prosen.

Lobzektif sa senpozyonm se pour konsolid Parti Lepep koman en striktir politik e revwar son misyon pour prepar e diriz lavenir Sesel pandan sa prosen 50-an.

The University of Seychelles (UniSey) and the Seychelles Investment Bureau (SIB) sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will permit students to access SIB’s investment database, continue to benefit from its internship programme and have better interaction with the business community.

As part of the agreement, SIB will also be able to attract potential foreign lecturers and students to the UniSey.

Six women are rewarded for their service and contribution to their community.
They are Anita Gardner (Health and Social Development award), Edwina Adrienne (Community Empowerment), Christel Jacques (Protection of the Environment), Anne Noelia Souris (Peace and Harmony Initiatives), Jessy Freminot (Promoting Art and Seychellois Culture) and Lucy Hickerson-Luc (Promotion and Development of Small Enterprises).

The Seychelles Women’s Community Awards 2013 is an initiative of the Seychelles Women’s Day Association (SWDA) to recognise the involvement of women who are making a difference in the local communities. It is also an opportunity to appreciate women who have their community at heart and work tirelessly and selflessly to make it a better place.

April 

Air Seychelles starts an all-cargo domestic service between the two largest islands of the Seychelles archipelago, Mahé and Praslin.

Operated by Air Seychelles’ Shorts 360 aircraft and specifically timed to connect with flights from Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg, the once per week cargo service targets perishable commodities destined for hotels and other tourism establishments on Praslin.

The Air Seychelles’ Shorts 360 aircraft has been retrofitted to operate as a mini freighter, and can now carry up to 3,500 kilograms of cargo with a volumetric capacity of 1,309 cubic feet.

The Minister for Health Mitcy Larue officially launches the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine programme.
The HPV programme is a vaccination campaign within a wider national immunisation plan and is aimed at protecting young girls and women from cervical cancer.

Under the programme, which will be carried out with the partnership of the WHO, the Ministry of Education and the Cancer Concern Association (CCA), all young girls from the age of eleven years old will be immunised.

A new energy firm, Ophir Energy Plc, teams up with WHL Energy Ltd to explore oil in Seychelles waters.
To formalise this venture, an agreement is signed between the Seychelles government and Petroleum Seychelles and WHL Energy Ltd and Ophir Energy Plc.

WHL Energy Ltd is the company who took over the contract for oil exploration from Petrol Quest in October 2010 and its contract ended last year. With the signed agreement the Seychelles government has extended its contract for another three years.

The agreement means that Ophir will become the senior party of this venture; it now acquires 75% interests in the joint venture going forward. Up until this period, WHL has been a 100% holder of this acreage but the signing of this agreement changes that and Ophir becomes the operator of the joint venture.

Ophir Energy plc is an African focused, upstream oil and gas exploration company which is listed on the London Stock exchange. Ophir has an extensive deep water acreage position in west and east Africa acquired since its foundation in 2004.

The National Consumers Forum (Natcof) celebrates its twenty years of existence with three major celebrations: an international conference, an exhibition of the unit’s work done during these twenty years and an award ceremony recognising founder members of the association.
The celebrations fall under the theme ‘Celebrating 20 years of Consumer Protection’ in Seychelles.

Seychelles receives a new naval vessel from China which will help boost the operational capabilities of Seychelles’ naval force.
Baptised Etoile, the new Type 62 Class gun boat has a maximum speed of 26 knots and cruising speed of 16 knots. It was built by South China Repairs Shipyard in Guangzhou and has been designed for multipurpose missions including patrol, surveillance, anti-piracy, anti-illegal fishing, anti-terrorism, etc.
Etoile is equipped with one 6.5-metre speed boat that can be automatically launched and hauled from the stern. The speed boat has a maximum speed of 30 knots. It also has GPS plotter and depth sounder.

Two Seychellois pilots on Air Seychelles’ domestic operations are promoted to the rank of captain.
The new Twin Otter commanders -- Julius Gabriel and Ashley Confait -- have successfully completed the company’s rigorous Command Upgrade Programme which include training on aircraft technical elements, emergency procedures and Crew Resource Management (CRM), as well as leadership and decision-making.

A news agency aimed at sharing local news and feature stories with the world through a daily online ‘as it happens’ news service is officially launched.

The Seychelles News Agency is expected to be the new voice for Seychelles and Small Island Developing States in the world. It will give daily 'as-it-happens' news and features focusing on the islands' environment, defence and maritime security, energy, tourism and business development as well as news and views from other Indian Ocean islands, as well as key African events.

A new book entitled ‘Island Nation in a Global Sea: Making the new Seychelles’ written by President James Michel is officially launched.

The book, which is a collection of speeches and analysis of those speeches, is the third from the Seychelles’ president after ‘A Man of the People’ (2010) and ‘Distant Horizons, My Reflections’ (2011).

The book launch is part of activities marking President Michel’s 10 years in office.
Mr Michel says his new book recounts an extraordinary story of the many challenges and sacrifices in the making of the New Seychelles and the Seychelles brand and also of the delivered promises of the past 10 years.

May

The Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) releases a new commemorative coin in remembrance of the canonisation of Catholic pope of the 20th Century, John Paul II.
The new coin which shows a statue of Saint John Paul II with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe are made entirely from keys donated by Mexicans.
The Seychelles coat of arms is featured on the back of the coin.

An electronic Grey Book which brings together the most frequently cited legislation in Seychelles in a single, freely accessible resource, is launched. 
The Seychelles E-Grey Book is an electronic publication of 80 statutes and accompanying subsidiary legislation which are likely to be in most common use in Seychelles’ jurisdiction.

The E-Grey Book forms part of the Seychelles Legal Information Institute (SEYLII) and can be accessed at www.seylii.org

Seychelles signs a fisheries access agreement which will allow Seychelles flagged vessels to continue their operations in Mayotte waters, regardless of the transition of this Indian Ocean island to the European Region as of January 1, 2014.

The agreement will allow eight tuna purse seine vessels to operate in the waters of Mayotte under the jurisdiction of the EU for the next six years against the payment of licence and catch fees coming directly from the ship-owners.

Seychelles and Madagascar conclude a new bilateral air services agreement which provides a renewed and forward-looking framework to govern air access between the island states for decades.

It also heralds an era of enhanced connectivity, supporting cultural and trade development.

A new training vessel to be used by students of the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) is officially launched.
The highly modern and technical Virgo II has been funded by the EU at a cost of US $375,145.

The Virgo II was built in Sri Lanka and was supervised by a technical team headed by Beatty Hoareau.
With the new vessel, students will gain more frequent access to the sea.

June

Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS) signs a two-year accord with the Ministry of Education to renew their agreement of providing free internet to all government schools.
The first agreement between CWS and the ministry was signed in April 2007. Building on the foundation that was laid eight years ago, the focus of this renewed agreement is to contribute towards the ministry’s effort to provide quality education to all.

De madanm santener – Virginia Philoé ek Esmy Eloïse Payet – i mor menm zour (le 8 Zen).
En zabitan Roche Caïman, Madanm Philoé ti ne le 13 Mars 1911 e i ti annan 103-an, tandis ki madanm Payet ti annan 100-an.

The first ever House, Garden and Hospitality Expo to be held in Seychelles is officially opened at the National Sports Council Hall at Roche Caiman.
Held under the theme Tou, Tou, Tou pour Lakaz ek Lotel, the expo has been organised by the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (Senpa), the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Publi-Promo Ltd based in Mauritius.

The aim of the expo is to enable the professionals and the public of Seychelles at large to have access to the latest products and services in the house, garden and hospitality sectors while expecting the commercial and industrial community in Seychelles find interesting partners for long-term partnership.

The Seychelles Peoples’ Defence Forces (SPDF) receives a donation of two military vehicles from the Indian government.
The two Land Rover type Tata four-wheel drives have been built to the latest military standards and designed to transport troops.

The Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) launches its first business centre and website.
The centre, located on the second floor of Ebrahim House on Francis Rachel Street, is officially opened by SCCI chairman Marco Francis in the presence of British high commissioner Lindsay Skoll and the managing director of Airtel Seychelles, Amadou Dina, both co-partners in the projects.

The business centre, which is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship skills among youths and female entrepreneurs especially, has come about with the collaboration of different partners notably the British high commission which provided the computers, printer and scanner and Airtel 1MB free internet for the chamber.

The Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) gets a new medical centre and barrack donated by the President of the United Arabs Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The clinic and barrack are situated at the Defence Forces premises on Ile Perseverance.
The clinic is equipped with three examination rooms, blood collection room, a chief medical officer’s room, treatment room, an emergency room and pharmacy and it has the capacity to check over 50 patients per day.

The barrack is designed to take in 64 persons including trainees and academy staff.

The University of Seychelles (UniSey) and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) of China sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) so that both parties can develop academic relations.
Founded in 1951, the UIBE is China's leading university in economics, finances and international business. It offers a large number of high quality Bachelors, Masters and PhD in English for international students and Chinese language programmes.

Le Président de la République de Cabo Verde, Son Excellence Dr Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca arrive aux Seychelles pour effectuer une visite d'Etat (du 16 au 20 juin 2014) et participer aux célébrations de la Fête Nationale du 18 juin.

July

Air Seychelles takes delivery of two new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft from Viking Air Limited of Canada.
The new aircraft will be used for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the Seychelles archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate.
The aircraft have been named ‘Isle of Bird’ and ‘Isle of La Digue’.

Seychelles becomes the second island nation in the Western Indian Ocean to have a Navtex (navigational telex) broadcasting station.
The facility is a donation from the government of Japan through the implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The equipment donated to the government of Seychelles are the Navtex broadcast station, radio and satellite voice communication which will be under the responsibility of the SMSA (Seychelles Maritime Services Administration) but operated by the SCG (Seychelles Coastguard).

With the Navtex broadcasting station the SCG will be able to disseminate navigational and meteorological warnings, rescue information and pirate attack warnings to vessels in the vicinity of Mahé up to 400 nautical miles.

A new monument evoking our freedom as well as our unity as a people is unveiled.
The ‘Freedom Monument’, which represents the people of Seychelles and the fight they have been thorough to gain freedom and for us to be where we are today, is inaugurated by President James Michel to coincide with the 38th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day.

The monument has been designed by sculptor Tom Bowers and it shows a man and a woman standing raising a flag over their heads. It is in solid bronze and it was made in Cape Town, South Africa by Bronze Age Foundry of Cape Town.

The ‘Freedom Monument’ is located on 5th June Avenue on the site where the Liberation Monument, better known as ‘Zonm Lib’, used to stand.

August

The fish processing facilities at the Providence fishing port are officially opened.
The facilities, to be managed by the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), will promote fish value addition for higher value of fish products for the market.
The facilities, which consist of three fish processing factories with three units for each one, has cost the SFA R32 million financed under the Seychelles-EU Fisheries Sectorial Development Programme.

The construction was completed within a 15-month period.

The Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) signs a contract with Finland-based company Wartsila for the latter to supply, install and commission two 8 megawatt (MW) engines at the Roche Caïman power plant on Mahé and one 2.3MW engine at the Baie Ste Anne power plant on Praslin..
The generators are expected to be fully operational in the middle of next year.

The Minister for Environment and Energy, Professor Rolph Payet, has been appointed by the secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon as the executive secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
He will take up the new post in October 2014 in Geneva.

President James Michel sends a message of sincere congratulations to Professor Payet, wishing him every success and expressing his full cooperation and support in his tasks and challenges that lie ahead.

September

Ethiopian Airlines returns to Seychelles to a colourful welcome at the Pointe Larue International Airport.
The airline’s passengers are greeted on arrival with yellow roses and traditional music and dance by local artists.
Ethiopian Airlines is operating three flights a week and its local sales agent is Mason’s Travel.

Seychelles and Sri Lanka sign a memorandum of understanding to promote investments between them.
The two-year deal, which is automatically renewable, was entered into by the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and the Sib.
The MoU will be implemented by a joint committee that will consist of an equal number of officials from both countries.

October

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Paul Adam official opens Seychelles’ consulate general in Shanghai.
The consulate general will have jurisdiction over Shanghai itself and the provinces of Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

Seychelles and Mauritius sign new twinning agreements between Victoria and two municipalities and six district councils in Mauritius and renew two existing accords.

The new twinning agreements are between the Municipal Town Council of Beau Bassin/Rose Hill and the district of Mont Buxton; between the Municipal Town Council of Vacoas/Phoenix and the district of Plaisance; between the districts of Moka and Pointe Larue; Savanne and Port Glaud; Pamplemousse and Grand Anse Praslin; Rivière du Rempart and Beau Vallon.
The agreements renewed are between Anse Royale district and the district of Flacq and between Anse Boileau and Rivière Noire.

The Seychelles Trading Company Ltd (STC) opens a much bigger supermarket at Anse Reunion on La Digue.
As a result, the company’s smaller supermarket that was opened in February this year at La Passe is now closed and will be turned into a showroom for construction materials.

November

Air Seychelles collects two trophies for ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew’ at the World Travel Awards presentation ceremony at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, UK.

Justin Freminot, a communicable disease control officer of the Public Health Authority of the Ministry of Health, wins the Outstanding Male Role Model Award 2014.

Mr Freminot, a Beau Vallon resident, beat five other finalists to win the award.
Other finalists are Lt Col. Michael Rosette, 50, who is the deputy Chief of Staff of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces;  Frederick Barrat, district administrator of Cascade; Michel Ange Willis Rabat, a storekeeper at Domaine de la Reserve; Dary Maringo, a Rack Pusher Dumper at the Indian Ocean Tuna Limited and Daniel Augustin, head gardener at the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

The National Men’s Award is an initiative of the National Family Council of Seychelles and is sponsored by the British high commission.

President James Michel officially launches the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) ministerial conference at the Savoy Resort and Spa at Beau Vallon.
The two-day conference aims at adopting a legally binding document on climate change which will be brought forward at the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris next year.

It also serves as a preparation for climate talks next month in Lima, Peru.
In his speech, President Michel warns that climate change is the greatest threat of our time as our survival depends on the sustainable development of our planet.

He further stresses that the targets set by small island states (Sids) are for the ultimate survival of the whole humanity.

A new patrol ship named Constant joins the fleet of the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) unit of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF).
The ship has been gifted to Seychelles by the government of India.

Constant’s commanding officer is Captain Ivel Ernesta, the youngest commanding officer in the SCG.

The coastguards now have four patrol vessels in its fleet measuring more than 40 metres long. The other three are Topaz, Andromache and Etoile.
The two others are La Flèche and Vigilante measuring over 30 metres long.

December

Finance, Trade and Investment Minister Pierre Laporte presents the 2015 Budget to the National Assembly.
The national budget for 2015 amounts to R5,937,647,000.

The ministry with the biggest allocation remains Health (R617,596,000) but the money will be split between the Ministry itself (R204,293,000), the Health Care Agency (R374,285,000) and the Public Health Authority (R36,018,000).

The ministry with the second highest allocation is the Ministry of Education with R479,086,000.

Andrew Padayachy, owner of Padayachy Funeral Services and Padayachy Video Rental, is named Seychelles’ best entrepreneur for 2014 by the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI).
A past Air Seychelles employee and taxi driver, Mr Padayachy receives the Best Entrepreneur Award during the Business Awards gala held at the Eden Bleu hotel.

The Islands Development Company (IDC) buys a Dornier 228 aircraft which will give a boost to the company’s mandate of providing flights to the outer islands.

The aircraft, bought from Summer Set Charters in South Africa, is flown in and officially delivered to the company on December 11, 2014 by two South African pilots, Captain Christiaan Kriel and First Officer Riaan Scheffer.

The Dornier 228 is a twin-engine STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) utility aircraft with a capacity for 18 passengers or a cargo carrier with a maximum payload of 1900kg.

The aircraft can operate at a maximum cruise speed of 200Kts (TAS) or 370km/hr and a single engine cruise speed of 160Kts (TAS) or 296km/hr.
It has a maximum endurance of seven hours flight time and a range of 1400NM (2592KM) and it is an ideal aircraft for landing on short runways.

Air Seychelles welcomes its third Airbus aircraft and first Airbus A320.
The Airbus A320, baptised Amirantes, will be adding three new direct flights on Air Seychelles’ schedule that is Madagascar, India and Tanzania.

The general council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) approves Seychelles’ accession package to the organisation, including the Accession Protocol.
Seychelles will officially become a member of the WTO 30 days after the ratification by the National Assembly of its Accession Protocol, which is expected to be completed by latest, in the first quarter of 2015.