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2019, december 5 - 23:00

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Seychelles third most forested country on earth


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been responsible for coordinating global forest resource assessment for many years now. 

The assessment is carried out by more than 800 people, including national correspondents, advisory groups, international experts, staff from the FAO’s Forestry Department and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, consultants and volunteers from around the world.

Information from various countries is collected and analysed, leading to a comprehensive forest report being drawn up. 

Sipay shows strength of Seychellois poetry


Sipay is a locally-produced poetry magazine launched recently as a collaboration between Seychellois poets and French poet Fabien Le Dizes.

A classical Latin and Greek scholar, and a teacher of philosophy as well as French classical literature in Seychelles, Fabien shares his love of poetry in conversation with Peter Pierre-Louis.

Sipay magazine is the initiative of Fabien Le Dizes, an instructor at the Ecole Française des Seychelles, and the French embassy’s Claude Collin, who is interested in promoting the French language and culture through cultural projects – one of the international aims of inter-cultural relations and cooperation between friendly countries.

Fabien Le Dizes (right) with local poet Reuben Lespoir at the official launch of Sipay

“In our discussion at the Cooperation Services last November,” said Fabien, “I told Mr Collin that poetry is one of my greatest passions. He replied that there are many poets in Seychelles but it’s difficult to get their work published because there is no publication for poetry.

“That’s when the idea for starting a poetry magazine occurred to me, and Mr Collin immediately assured me the French embassy would be willing to help and promote it.”

Fabien, who has many years’ experience as a reader for poetry magazines in France, decided he would finally try to launch a poetry magazine in Seychelles as he has worked with many other poets in France doing desktop publications and promoting poetry readings and recitals.

He has also been involved in related activities such as the Sware Lapoezi of the writers’ association Lardwaz, which is now a familiar literary activity, or the literary evening that the Creole Institute, in collaboration with Lardwaz, held recently to celebrate Unesco’s Reading Week.

Middle East roadshow set to boost tourism


Seychelles will host a roadshow around the Middle East countries in November to promote our archipelago as a tourism destination.

Alain St Ange, director of tourism marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), said this on Monday after taking part in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) trade fair, held in Dubai from May 5-8.

Mr St Ange meeting with senior VP of Emirate Airlines Majid Al Mualla

He said the roadshow will help consolidate the progress his delegation made during the fair.

Seychelles tops African mobile phone league


Seychelles has Africa’s highest percentage of mobile phone users – 89.23 per 100 inhabitants, says the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on its website

We are followed by Gabon with 87.86%, South Africa 87.08, Tunisia 75.94 and Botswana 75.84.

Russian investment tops $200m


Russian businessmen have invested more than US $200 million in Seychelles’ tourism, Ambassador Mikhail Kalinin said yesterday after presenting his credentials to President James Michel at State House.

Mr Kalinin, who became Russia’s eighth ambassador, said he is looking forward to stronger economic ties between the two countries.

Russian experts will soon arrive to explore further development of economic relations, he said.

External auditors here to look at major public bodies


External auditors are now in Seychelles to review the country’s seven major public bodies, assessing their financial performance and the integrity of their financial reporting.

The review, by Ernst and Young Paris, will look at the Seychelles Petroleum Company (Sepec), Air Seychelles, the Seychelles Trading Company (STC), the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC), the Islands Development Company (IDC) and Nouvobanq.

US surveillance aid welcomed by President Michel


After talks with President James Michel, the American government has sent a specialised mission to help Seychelles in its efforts to strengthen safety and security at sea.

Mr White (left) during his meeting with President Michel yesterday at State House

Seychelles among nations with lowest economic distress


Seychelles has been ranked 22nd among 165 nations – ahead of several European countries and the US – judged on their economic distress indicators.

In a special report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the world’s leading compiler of economic data, Norway comes top with the lowest such indicators.

To draw up the report, the EIU used unemployment, levels of growth (or lack of growth) in incomes, and income per head as key economic distress indicators.


President Michel returns from inauguration


South Africa will continue support for our reforms

President James Michel has said Seychelles can expect more support from South Africa, both from a bilateral point of view and within the framework of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

President Michel upon his arrival at Seychelles International Airport yesterday



Commotion on Beau Vallon beach


There must be very few people left who actually witnessed the scene, but for a long time the story of the mass stranding of whales at Beau Vallon was told to children by parents and grandparents. It was in the evening of Saturday January 28, 1933 that eleven sperm whales ended up stranded on the beach. Some of them, at least, were still clearly alive.

 The news spread quickly around Mahé and over the next few days large crowds gathered to see the beached whales. Teachers and pupils alike skipped classes to go to Beau Vallon. Photographer François Vel (1875-1946) of Rue Quincy was among those who rushed to the scene. It is to him that we owe the photograph accompanying this article.

One account (published in Cluny Missions, the magazine of the Sœurs de Saint Joseph de Cluny!) speaks of “une plage en émoi”: “Quelle foule sur les lieux! Tout Mahé est là, même le Gouverneur [British Governor De Symons Honey] dont nous avons suivi la voiture sur la route.

A crowd gathering around the beached whales (photographed by François Vel)