|President James A. Michel|
QATAR AIRWAYS PULLS OUT OF SEYCHELLES OVERNIGHT
After commencing operations in 2004, when Seychelles was desperate for additional carrier following the blow out of Air France and the departure of British Airways, Qatar Airways saved the day, started three Flights a week to Seychelles from dismal, pathetic, DOHA International Airport then.
When Air Seychelles was going bankrupt last year, Qatar Airways popped an offer on the table to take over part interest in Air Seychelles, code share and get the line moving again in the right direction. This deal was near closure, and was shut down, along with the promise in year 2000 to the Qatari Royal Family, of a few hundred acres of land to build a hotel, which the Michel Administration never delivered since the land never belong to the Government of Seychelles legally. Shameful indeed that Michel Administration could not do a title search prior to promising a land deed.
When you deal with autocrats Mr Michel, you either give them what they want or they will pull out on a sneeze.
I have warned you about banking Seychelles economic future on autucrats before. Now you pay the price for ignoring my appeal. But we are not finished. We have just began on the issue of Mr Michel encouraging autocrats to invest in Seychelles to our own economic peril. Since Michel took State House in 2004 , salaries have gone up by 3% and inflation has compounded to 58%. That is not success Mr Michel. This is a recipe for failure, Sir.
EMIRATES CHIEF EXECUTIVE THREATENS TO PULL OUT OF SEYCHELLES OVERNIGHT.
In a meeting aired on SBC with Seychelles ministers present, which included Minister Alain St Ange (Tourism), Minister Christian Lionnet (Land and planning), Minister Joel Morgan (Internal Affairs and Transportation), Minister- His Right and Excellent Mr Pierre Laport (Minister of Finance), Chief Executive Director of Emirates His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum replied when he was told his hotel project at Cap Ternay would be scaled down from 486 rooms to 180 rooms at a curbed investment of not less tha $300 million: "we have not build a hotel yet, we are not in the hotel business, we are an airline with movable assets......we can leave if the people do not want us here".
Currently the Emirates Group Airlines runs 2 flights daily from Dubai. Seychellois love shopping in Dubai. We forget we are in a dessert there. The people are nice to us, unlike Doha and Abu Dhabi. We do not know why, but such is life, we prefer Dubai any day over Doha and Abu Dhabi. Emirates Chief should consider taking the $200 million he wants to put in a hotel on the edge of Mahe and invest in additional plane routes from Dubai to seal the market of what Emirates does best.
Diversification comes with a price at times: FAILURE.
I will tell you why, your hotel will never work in Seychelles, and it will be Your Excellency's Mea Culpa as a highly respected and great international level Chief CEO of the World's fastest growing airline company..........later.
Once again, in the case of Emirates, Mr Michel banked government land on an autocrat investor, and we have the threats rolling in of a "pull out Emirates Airlines", on the national table.
Fine, we have been there before, and we survived just fine as one Boss at SCAA said. Well said.
STAND UP MR MICHEL!
Mr Michel, stand up for Seychelles; stand up for the Environment, stand up for Cap Trnay Reserve: "tell Emirates to put their money where their mouth is: leave." We will find another airline next year to fill in the blank slots, right?
Show H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum that pirate free spirit found in that fake "La Buse" painting done by that leaf drawer Italian artist from Malta that does free work for you, so you do not have to commission SESELWA RASIN artist to do State House works that sre intricately tied to our National Heritage.
PL NO SHOW FOR RAFFLES REAL INVESTOR IN SEYCHELLES
Last week Prince Talal Alaweed of Savvy and sharp businessman educated at Menlo College in Silicone Valley who is Saudi (Father) and Lebanese (Mother), politely turned up in Seychelles in his 747 private jet to open an executive housing development in Praslin ($137 million) under the Fairmont and Raffles brand (his brands earned the hard way). This investment comes on the heel of a $450 million investment in Raffles Hotel- Praslin. It is noteworthy that this single hotel has been named Indian Ocean Hotel of the Year for Two years running.
Not a single PL official turned up for this opening. I was, truly amazed.
Is James Michel and the PL clan telling us that investments in Seychelles will be recognized by his government only if they are Sheikh Khalifa Bin Nayan Al Zayed investments and no ther investors, no matter how much they invest?
Only last month the Minister of Employment trekked to Raffles to unfairly reprimand them on employment issues, that the entire country was facing. If we have no workers locally you blame Raffles, when you should be blaming yourselves PL? Is this blame game suppose to seriously increase bona fide FDI in Seychelles such as Raffles?
SHEIKH KHALIFA FDI YES! ALL OTHERS GO HOME!
After all, Mr Michel has doled out a handsome piece of frontage to Sheikh Khalifa to house his workers and equipment, right next to our international airport, where we could be expanding the same to keep up with Mauritius mega expansion in the region worth $400 million.
Is it not Mr Michel that handed deeds of SCR 1.0 to Sheikh Khalifa? Is it not Mr Michel that gave $450 million in tax free credits to build his house at La Misere? Now Grand Police Bay for how much Mr Michel?
This June 5th, has everyone forgotten about the terror of the Delo Kaka era, that made its way to Wall Street Journal, only to be silenced by Mr Michel as he rolled over Bernard Georges, his De Facto attorney in a meeting with the victims at State House?
This project is defended by Dr. Rolf Payet, a now an apparent rouge environmentalist, who did his doctorate on Coastal Erosion. This project will destroy marsh, orchid, birds, turtles, fish, fuana and we call on the international environmentalists to help us take a stand to stop the abuse of our Patrimony and National Heritage by Sheikh Khalifa, who is hell bent on expanding his UAE empire to the Seychelles Archipelago.
We Seychellois are not for sale, right Mr Michel? We Seychellois are not for sale, right "Dr." Payet? We Seychellois must face our realities and be strong to deal with them like the rest of Africa, right Mr Michel (sorry Miss Sarjanna Jenosovec).
STOP BABYING THE AUTOCRATS, IT KILLS FDI
It is the pampering of autocrats like Sheikh Khalifa which will make us 100% dependent on him and kill off all other bona fide FDI-PL. You are enslaving yourselves and Seychelles and you strategy of milking only Khalifa, will make us all more poor. What you need is serious investment plan that is even handed for all Seychellois and all non Seychellois. Stop playing the "kiss the autocrat game" to garner investments. When you do this, you hurt Seychellois bottom line.
AUTOCRATS MEAN NATIONAL POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD
Banking on autocrats rulers is a dead end PL. The moment these autocrats sense they are not wanted, they pull out. Then you are left with nothing but broken pieces of a decade of fruitless effort.
Sheikh Al Maktoum showed you this on SBC and warned you of how he will react if he does not get what he wants. He is autocratic in mindset and is about to pull the plug on you.
Qatar Group has showed you this and they even gave you a September deadline to stop breathing, because they did not get what they want, irrespective of the single issue of weather or not they are entitled to what they want fairly.
End the misery while you are not in too much pain.
Rebuild Seychelles with solid traditional partners, whose business culture is built on solid respect for human rights, democratic process, and respect for all citizens of Seychelles; yes PL, you must do the same.
Acting like an autocrat, sideline all Seychellois in the investment equation. This will only hurt Seychelles and her people. Wake up PL your FDI experiment with autocrats is about to expire.
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois and Our Beloved Seychelles!
Written by Christopher Gill, Leader of Seychelles Freedom Party.