Monday, 30 September 2013

"Routes Conference Needs To Be Attended By Joel Morgan Not St. Ange"

Sep 30, 2013
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism & Culture, Alain St.Ange, has confirmed to the press that he will be attending the 19th World Route Development Forum due to take place in Las Vegas, USA, from October 5-8. This conference is set to be the largest Routes event to date and is expected to attract 3,000 high-profile delegates from more than 100 countries worldwide. The conference which is being co-hosted by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Centre and will mark the first time any Routes event has been held in the USA. The Seychelles Minister will be accompanied by Amy Michel, a Senior Marketing Representative from the Seychelles Tourism Board.
Routes is considered to be the premier global forum for airline route networking which revolves around a series of pre-scheduled, face-to-face meetings, an exhibition (Networking Village), airline opportunity briefings, and a strategy summit. Everything about the 3-day event is designed to get aviation’s thought leaders and decision-makers meeting and talking to discuss the hottest topics facing the industry and to generate new air services, while creating increased tourism demand. The decisions made at World Routes events often have a huge economic impact on a local, national, and international scale, which is why over 100 countries are represented at World Routes.
In a world where competition in route development is on the increase, airlines are looking to gather market information and data on new route opportunities; build and manage relationships; negotiate routes; and agree on marketing support with airports, stakeholders, and tourism authorities. To meet the demand for more collaboration, World Routes 2013 will enable Interline, Alliance and Codeshare managers to meet with other carriers to talk through interline agreements, marketing deals, SPAs, and scheduled connections.
World Routes has consistently provided airports with the opportunity to meet and present their market to the world’s airlines and, as the largest gathering of airlines and network planners, Las Vegas promises to be no exception.
Seychelles hosted what is widely acclaimed as the most successful Routes Africa forum in April 2012 and continues to attend Routes events where routinely someone from the Seychelles’ tourism or aviation industry is given the opportunity to talk about the destination or is represented on one of the discussion panels.
In the upcoming forum in Las Vegas, the Seychelles Tourism Board has been shortlisted for the “Best Destination Marketing Campaign,” award, which Seychelles has won twice consecutively at World Routes 2012 & Routes Africa 2013.
At the forum’s Tourism Strategy Summit on Tuesday, October 8, Minister St.Ange has been selected as a participant in a debate entitled “ICTP Session on New Investment Models” to be moderated by Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and Director of GreenEarth.travel. He is set to also chair a Minister's Forum at World Routes 2013.
"The World Routes conference is a joint airline, civil aviation authority, and tourism board tripartite gathering and remains so important for Seychelles, a small country so dependent on tourism, the industry that remains the pillar of the island's economy," Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles said.
Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture

Unlawful Gathering of Two Citizens, Leads to Arrest By Gurhkas in Seychelles

- Democratic Credentials Crushed!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Tunisia: Extradition of El-Materi Discussed As FM Meets With His Seychelles Counterpart in New York


Tunis — The request for extradition of bigwigs of the former regime under letters rogatory issued to this effect was discussed at the meeting held between Minister of Foreign Affairs Othman Jerandi and Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam, on the sidelines of the 68th U.N. General Assembly in New York.
A foreign Ministry statement released on Friday said Othman Jerandi spoke during this meeting about the international arrest warrant issued against Sakhr El-Materi (son-in-law of ousted president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali) who was granted a one-year residence permit by the government of Seychelles...

 http://allafrica.com/stories/201309290007.html

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Ethiopian Airlines Route To Seychelles Futile And At A Loss


Sep 26, 2013
The Top Resa tourism trade fair in Paris was the opportunity for Gashaw Mekonnen, the new GM of Ethiopian Airlines, based in France, to meet Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, and Bernadette Willemin, the Seychelles Tourism Board's
737-800 to Seychelles

Director for Europe, and discuss a more aggressive approach for the airline when looking at the Seychelles.

Mr. Mekonnen was accompanied for his meeting by Mr. Christophe Labiche, the Head of Product at Ethiopian Airlines France.

The meeting in Paris reviewed the approach in place by the Seychelles Tourism Board Offices in making the Ethiopian Airlines route to Seychelles more known among tour operators and travel agents.
737-800 to Seychelles

The Seychelles Minister welcomed the new drive by Ethiopian Airlines and assured Mr. Mekonnen the full cooperation of the Seychelles Tourism Board Offices.
Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Seychelles Tourism Arrivals Up But Yield is Down‏

Seychelles

Recently, the Minister of Tourism annonced the Arrivals to Seychelles was 12% up from 2012. The Minister, was politely silent on yields, which is down- again.

This means visitors coming to Seychelles are spending less, staying less nights and worse over all, it exposes the little detail that our Tourism product has departed the realm of exclusivity and high yield niche and is becoming a mass tourism type of destination, something we said we should avoid at all cost as a Country since we lack capacity for mass Tourism.

I break down some issues that have been left unfettered and is the combined cause for the downturn in revenue which is real now to Government of Seychelles and the Trade alike.

1.Transfer Cost From Mahe To Praslin and La Digue Excessive
The three Island experience for visitors is a bit like visiting different stations for rides at Disney for the Seychelles. Each island has a unique experience, and unique assets that each visitor must visit, to sense the full breathe of a Seychelles holiday (Another World"). Because flights are expensive and Cat Cocos follows market trends to raise prices upwards, inter island frolicking is at an all time downturn, minimizing Visitor yield per day earned through excursions, ferry, taxis and handling. Government needs to take swift action to lower fuel tax incidences,and seek out cooperation with Air Seychelles, Cat Cocos and Cat Roses to lower ticketing pricing by at least 35%. It will take a year to feel the impact of such critical move to increase Yield. Government must reassess its fuel taxing policy which has a material impact on high cost of goods, services, in Seychelles.We are no longer competitive.
2. Fair Trading Commission needs to look into the discriminatory ticket pricing ongoing at
Air Seychelles domestic for a ticket to Praslin. This discriminatory pricing takes place on baggage allowance as well from other carriers, that have onwards guests going to Praslin.If Air Seychelles is implementing unfair trade practice on ticketing and baggage allowance, then its profits are artificial on the domestic route. Tickets can cost SCR. 1,500 one way and commonly cost SCR.1,200 one way for a 15 minute hopper using kerosene as fuel. This is totally not acceptable, and the Fair Trading Commission needs to investigate Air Seychelles and draw the line to protect the Tourism Industry and inter island trade and commerce. Why has SCAA stayed silent on this pricing scheme when Air Seychelles maintains a monopoly in the domestic air service business?
Cat Cocos

3. Food Prices Are Still Too High In Seychelles
The cost of food in Seychelles remains still until today, very high. When we add the incidences of  tax to the food bill and 15% VAT to a restaurant bill, the price is excessive for what a Guest pays   comparably to other sun, sea and sand destinations. Many destinations are now selling "all inclusive, food, meals, beverage" in a holiday package. Some Guests demand it (South Africa). Players in Tourism need to wake up to this and government must address this issue to keep Seychelles competitive. The Fair Trading Commission should investigate the high pricing of hotel suppliers. These costs are passed on to the visitor. They must also see what can be done to reduce taxes on fuel for inter island cargo ships, who are passing on shipping costs today to the hotels at a rate that is unbelievable.

4. Airlines/Hotels Need Low/High Season Special Promotions
The Ministry of Tourism with SHTA should work out a strategy to encourage airlines flying to Seychelles, to offer low season rates throughout the year and specials for the same period. During high season, airlines need to be systematically encouraged to offer additional flights. Until now, the Ministry of Tourism and the SHTA have been shooting from the hip on the issue. The end result is a lop sided air capacity state of affairs during low season and High season. During low season, we do not have enough seats. A careful tweek of this situation could result easily with 20% higher yield for the Nation.

5. What Happen To Moratorium on Change Of Use Applications
We all appreciate the need to allow Seychellois entry into Tourism Industry. This has happen with 400 houses been granted change of use. But many of these "change of use" are non-Seychellois, owners, many do not even reside in Seychelles. This needs to be curtailed immediately. Non Seychellois have no business running hotel rooms out of their houses. This practice must be stop. The Government policy was hotels with under 30 rooms be reserve for Seychellois. What happen? Additionally because we have a over supply of beds in the country, and these small operators cause money to go unbanked and they are underselling the market. It was resolved two years ago that a moratorium on Change of Use applications would be put in place. Yet, Planning Land Use, is still accepting change of use for Tourism development. In many instances in subdivisions. This is the single action that will cause the greatest damage to the Industry, to encourage unfettered participation, a free for all in a limited demand setting. Tourism Industry is a serious industry and the Government must treat it as such. If it does not, it is government that pays the biggest price, not the guests.
Eden Island

6. What happen to The Tourism Master Plan
I read a comment by the Chairman of SHTA Mr John Stravens about the need for a bed count and airline seat count. Indeed, Mr Stravens is 100% to raise this point again, as it is highlighted in the Tourism Master Plan proposals submitted by Miss Marquise David in 2009, when a call for moratorium was made until such time as some critical issues could be dealt with by government. 1. Lack of sufficient water, 2. Lack of sufficient electricity, 3. Lack of manpower, 4. Lack of direct flights or airline seats into Seychelles.
This year alone, we have lost over 24,000 airline seats inbound to Seychelles, from witnessing the departure of numerous airline that stop flying to Seychelles. Would it not make sense to everyone, in the Trade,that we see how we can increase flights inbound into Seychelles, before we run linen on another new bed in Seychelles?
Mr John Stravens

7. SHTA
SHTA is not wasting time with this situation. The Chairman Mr John Stravens is now promoting South Korea as a new market. South Koreans have on average five days annual holiday per year. Taking a flight on Etihad from South Korea to Abu Dhabi will take one day en route and 1/2 to get to Seychelles. Same on the return. That will leave the average South Korean with three days to spend in Seychelles. They can island hop, Mahe, Praslin, Ladigue, one day each and rush back to catch the Etihad flight back to Abu Dhabi. Hence, a win-win scenario for both Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, in a twin destination holiday. Congratulations to SHTA and STB in this new approach to increasing our numbers. Sooner or later, the numbers will add up indeed. We will only have to add Vietnam Tourist market to the basket under our policy of diversification, but their average national for annual holidays is three days a year and average income is $200 per month.

8. Alain St Ange
Mr St Ange is really doing an excellent job with what he has. Can anyone really complain? Put politics aside, ignore the little details that he was once a executive member of SNP and the future leader of SNP, except Wavel Ramkalawan intended on staying on for life (Dictatorship in Opposition). Really, St Ange is doing fine at Culture, and Tourism, he is doing so well, we no longer need STB. All that can be run under the Ministry of Tourism umbrella, and we could save millions in wasted funds and SHTA shoulf support the winding down of STB and the increase in a marketing budget, if there is still one. We need every cent we can get for marketing now that our strategy is: "worldwide diversification of Seychelles Another World Product".
Alain St Ange

9. What St Ange needs to get the Tourism ship moving, is the portfolio of Ministry of Transportation which Joel Morgan handles. Mr Michel should just hand that portfolio to St Ange with one objective: "increase any flight direct or indirect, to Seychelles, to make Seychelles the hub of the Indian Ocean Mauritius is claiming". Sure Mauritius is ahead of us now that they ploughed $400 Million of PRC money into an airport and not housing, or fancy National Assembly, that spends money, does not earn anything. a Palais de Justice that could have been built by European Union funding. But we were ahead of Mauritius in 1970's in Tourism, and we can take the challenge. What we need is the political will of James Michel, make Joel Morgan Minister of Tourism. He has shown that he can handle the SLOVAKIAN market real well, and produced a direct flight to Europe in a matter of hours when he found this MAFIA Tourist, wanted him dead.
Congratulations are in order to Minister Joel Morgan.

Joel Morgan really John Wayne (d) that Bozo Fabrike out of Victoria. Good job, But it should have been done at the point of entry.

Now who got the money for the fake passport and citizenship?

I did not hear anyone in the propped press conference address this little detail.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel pou Seselwa!

May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Written by Christopher Gill, Leader of Seychelles Freedom Party.
       
      
    
      

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Seychelles Uses Extraordinary Rendition to Send Slovak Fugitive Back Home‏

Marek Trajter
 Last week, after years of legal battles in the Seychelles courts, Marek Trajter, a Slovak fugitive, on the run and hiding out in La Digue, evading the justice system in his country, was sent home by extraordinary rendition via private charter Lear Jet to Slovakia. After three previous deportation attempts, via commercial flight failed, due to his non cooperation, at the crack of dawn of a new day, he was whisked from his jail cell, taken to the Seychelles International Airport, and loaded like baggage into a private jet for Slovakia. Once in the plane, and the door shut, taxi ensued, and then off he went, into the clear blue sky.

Lawyer and SNP Press cry foul
Anthony Derjaques, Mr Trajter's lawyer cried foul. He spread this message on behalf of his client in the SNP press. Mr Derjaques is a executive committee member of the SNP. Derjaques had filed a Writ of Habeaus Corpus to release Mr Trajter from Police Custody. When the hearing started, Mr. Derjaques was shocked to learn that his Client was already three hours in flight. Mr Derjaques has grounds to complain on this issue. A hearing was set (Sub Judice), but it seems the Minister of Internal Affairs had taken matters into his own hands after losing patience with the games Derjaques amd Mr Trajter were playing. It became apparent, that the Captain of Condor, had received a copy of the entire proceedings involving Mr Trajter in Seychelles. The Condor Captain refused to allow him passage. While Mr Derjaques and SNP can cry foul, this is hardly an issue to pronounce themselves on. The underlying morass is shameful for the Government of Seychelles, for PL and now for SNP.
Anthony Derjaques

The Fabrike Slovak Mafia
I was dismayed to learn that the Court of Appeals had cancelled the Seychelles Citizenship of Mr Trajter citing fraud in the execution. According to the Court of Appeals, Mr trajter lied and misrepresnted his entry date into Seychelles in order to obtain citizenship of the Republic of Seychelles. Now who lies on an application of citizenship? No one. We all know the truth. When someone buys a passport, and citizenship, in order to meet the five year residency requirement after paying immigration officials through lawyers usually, they falsely state their date of entry into Seychelles.This has been common practice for years. I suggest we pull all the applications for citizenship and cross check date of entry, after all, in Trajter case, it should have been done in the first place when he applied for citizenship. It was not done. Why not? 
PL takes the heat for this, because it is in power. SNP takes the heat, because defending such an underworld character is sick. It shows you what SNP has become: a party that will defend anyone for the right amont of money. Pathetic.
Document of citizenship issued by Seychelles Government

SBC Airs Footage Of Extra Rendition
In no time after Minister Joel Morgan did publicity stunt to cover up the sub judice violation of sending this fellow off via private jet, did SBC air footage of this Slovak Fabrike arriving in his country with armed men with mask and automatic weapons ready to meet and greet him as if he had some sort of contagious disease. They were of course, dealing with a very dangerous man in their view.
In Seychelles, lawyers walk around with a wig on head, robes, rubbing shoulders with this guy, as if he is some sort of pal paying them off.
Press conference by Joel Morgan

Mr Derjaques should be sanctioned for interfering with the course of Justice just as Minister of Internal Affairs should be sanctioned. Both played to the camera on SBC spouting their side of the story, both tried to make the other side look bad. But at the end of the day, both were doing their jobs. But i think Mr Derjaques was being paid more then Minister Morgan on this one.
It sickens me when i see people putting principles under the carpet for a little dosh, especially from someone who stole our citizenship through fraud. Why is it that Mr Derjacques never disclosed who Mr Trajter had to pay to obtain citizenship?
Once disclosed, Mr Morgan could hire another plane and expel the culprit in similar fashion for selling passports.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!
Written by Christopher Gill, Leader of Seychelles Freedom Party.
Mr Gill and Mr Tall

  
     

JP Isaac Goes To La Digue to Help Marek Trajek a Fabrike before being deported By Rendition

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 12:31 PM PDT

The Government of Seychelles has failed; Corruption Prevailed.

After watching the Seychelles News Extra Aired by the Local and Sole Visual Media SBC the Minister for Home affairs Joel Morgan has shown clearly that the whole operation of the 
Deportation of Marek Trajter was a fiasco to prevent the real questions from every making it to the light of day.

Questions are:

Since the minister was able to quote an exact figure and amount of bullets allegedl;y used or caused to be used by Marek Trajer in slovakia. Why was it that when MR. Trajter claimed that he was coming to invest in Seychelles the paper trail of his money did not led to an interpole alert? Since FIU ensures that all amount invested in Seychelles are legally owned equity?

Another is the definition of deportation used by both the Minister and the PS. Why was there no dialogue between both Seychelles and slovakia prior to any direct actions taken towards MR. Trajter and also once that the revoke of trajter's citizenship came into play why did the Ministry of Foreign affairs remained silent rather than take an interest in the matter?

Why is it that in the interest of transparency these government officials on SBC news extra could not tell the people what exactly went wrong that led to Trajter being bestowed our citizenship and confirm the culprits responsible? Whether the legislation individuals were acting in good faith and trust the law is clear and is not judged in good faith but rather through evidence that leads to justice and rights!

Why did the Minister use the term very dangerous and went as far as to claim the protection of the individuals involved in the deportation of Marek as to safegaurd their lives of possible threat from the individual when there has not been any convictions against Marek yet? Is the law not clear when it says innocent till proven guilty for Seychelles?

Note that such a fiasco has now served as a lesson for Seychelles and requires more clarification overall. This is why Seychelles needs to become more Democratic in drafting and putting together laws, and the dissipation of information's  Rather than just printing names in newspapers in a citizenship application pictures with persons description should be included as most papers are printed in black and white in Seychelles.

There is also a bigger need to review the actions or laws that deals with corrupt practices in government especially one of this magnitude. This should also be done through democratic form and with public and independent bodies assistance and invitation. A general need for an information act is once and for all required as proven by executive, legislative and judiciary that they cannot run properly causing grave situtation for Seychelles and the people of Seychelles  As er the description of Minister Joel Morgan to the news reporters and general public audience viewing the program on sbc.

A review of every citizenship given in house is now required by the state as facts have proven that government is not always right to judge in good faith but rather by facts.

It is not this blogs duty to pass judgement on MR. Marek Trajter before he face trial in his country based on charges that may be brought against him nor is it the blogs duty to convict Marek Before he is judged, but it is this blog's duty to tell government that running this country is only done for the people of seychelles as a nation not personal individuals or for any other country; recognition of foreign individuals and their rights is important but priority is reality and accountability.

What will happen if Marek is trialed and aquitted of charges if brought against him? What would happen if he is found guilty and his assets put into question or seized? Will the government of seychelles have to give back the money he spent on seychelles confirmed by joel morgan on sbc? Acoording to allegation he gave money to individuals as well as foundations and parties for favors and support; will this mean that seychelles has a tendency to lure and entrapped corrupt individuals take their money and then send them to the gallows they came to avoid?

 IN THE SUPREME COURT OF SEYCHELLES

Miscellaneous Cause No. 19 of 2013

Marek Trajter Applicant

Versus

The Commissioner of Police Respondent

Counsel: Frank Elizabeth for the Applicant

Ronny Govinden, Attorney General, for the Respondent

Heard: 7 May 2013

Ruling: 7 May 2013

RULING

Egonda-Ntende, CJ.

1. The applicant, Mr. Marek Trajter, has come before this Court under Article 18 sub-article 8 of the Constitution of Seychelles. Initially he sought to be produced before this Court so that this Court can investigate the lawfulness of his detention. Yesterday I made an order requiring the Commissioner of Police to produce the applicant before me this afternoon.

2. I note with satisfaction that the Commissioner of Police has complied with that order and applicant has been produced before this Court. The Attorney General acting both for the Commissioner and I presume the Government of Seychelles filed an application with a supporting affidavit explaining the detention of the applicant in this matter. It now falls upon me to examine the material before me and determine whether Mr. Trajter is lawfully held or not.

3. The applicant, from what I can gather in the affidavit filed by Mr. Bastienne the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, was until the 02nd May 2013 a citizen of Seychelles. Being a citizen of this country as of the 02nd May 2013 he was entitled to certain rights under the Law that had to be observed. Mr. Bastienne has stated on oath that the citizenship was revoked by the Minister for Home Affairs on the 02nd May 2013. And that after revocation of such citizenship the applicant became a prohibited immigrant in terms of Section 19(1) sub-section H of the Immigration Decree who was liable to deportation from the Republic of Seychelles.

4. It has been contended for the Government that in light of the revocation of the citizenship of the applicant the Minister had the power and authority to detain and deport the applicant from this jurisdiction. On the other hand Mr. Elizabeth, counsel for the applicant, has stated that the Minister in purporting to revoke the citizenship of the accused did not comply with the Law.

5. It is imperative at this stage that we examine the lawfulness of the actions of the Minister in order to determine whether the power as exercised has been rightly exercised or not and whether ultimately the applicant is lawfully held or not.

6. I will start by setting out in its entirety Section 11 of the Citizenship Act Cap 30, hereinafter referred to as the Act. It reads and I quote

“(1) The Minister may subject to the provisions of this Section by order deprive a citizen by registration or naturalisation of the citizenship of Seychelles if the Minister is satisfied that the registration or naturalisation was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or the concealment of any material fact.
(2) Before making an order under this Section the Minister shall give the person against whom the order is proposed to be made notice in writing informing the person the ground on which it is proposed to be made and of the right of the person to have the case referred for enquiry under sub-section 3.
(3) If a person notified under sub-section 2 applies for an enquiry within such time and in such manner as maybe prescribed the Minister shall refer the case for enquiry and report to a Commissioner appointed by the Minister for the purpose. 3
(4) The powers rights and privileges of a Commissioner appointed under sub-section 3 shall be the same as those conferred on a Commissioner by the Commissions of Enquiry Act and the provisions of that action, mutatis mutandis, apply in relation to an enquiry under this Section and to a person summon to give evidence or giving evidence at the enquiry.

(5) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a Commissioner under sub-section 3 unless the person is or has been a Judge of the Court of Appeal or of the Supreme Court”.
7. It is clear from the forgoing statutory scheme that a Minister cannot exercise the powers under section 11(1) of the Act before he has complied with section 11(2), 11(3) and 4 and 5 of the Act. The affidavit of Mr. Bastienne is quiet on whether the Minister complied with section 11(2) of the Act. During the hearing I did ask the Honourable Attorney General to inform me whether the Minister did comply with section 11(2) of the Act but I have received no direct answer to that question.

8. The applicant has stated in his application that he is a citizen of this country and his declaration of citizenship and registration was registered on the 09th April 2013. He has not stated that he received a notice of revocation or a notice of intention of revocation. Neither has Mr. Bastienne affirmed whether the Law was complied with. But when you take into account the fact that these events have happened over a very short period of time I can only reach one conclusion that the Minister did not comply with section 11(2) of the Act. For had he done so this would have been disclosed on the affidavit of Mr. Bastienne.

9. The lawfulness or otherwise of the detention of the applicant hinges on the actions of the Minister and it is clear that they fall short. The Minister has not complied with section 11(2) of the Act and as a result trigger, [or] give an opportunity to the applicant to opt for an enquiry to be made or not to be made. The rights contained in the laws of Seychelles and in the Constitution cannot be regarded as cosmetic. They are real. And Public officials that administer these laws must comply with both the letter and spirit of the law. Having found that the Minister has fallen short in this regard I can only conclude that any actions based on this foundation continue to be unlawful. If the Minister has not acted according to law to deprive the applicant of his citizenship the applicant cannot then be treated under the Immigration Decree as a prohibited immigrant.

10. I therefore find that the applicant, on this line advanced by the state, is being held unlawfully. He should be released forthwith unless the state has some other lawful reason to continue detaining him. I so order.

Signed, dated and delivered at Victoria this 7th day of May 2013

F.M.S EGONDA-NTENDE


CHIEF JUSTICE

Monday, 23 September 2013

Israeli visitors experience special Creole hospitality as they land in Seychelles


 Sep 22, 2013
“After travelling to Seychelles many times this is my second home! I love the Seychelles and I love coming to Seychelles,” said Tali Dative, Owner and General Manager of Medraft Spirit, after her flight from Israel landed in Seychelles.
The arrival of the Israeli visitors at the Seychelles International Airport, was a colorful and lively affair. The National Cultural Troupe from the Seychelles Ministry for Tourism and Culture was at the arrival lounge, gaily singing and performing traditional Seychellois music and dances at the delight of the visitors.

For some of the passengers of the landing in Seychelles this was their first time experiencing the bouncy and catchy sega, moutya dances – all performed in the colorful attires that have become the small group of islands in the Indian Ocean’s trademark as well as a good indicator of the people inhabiting this paradise’s characters.
In addition to the entertainment, the guests were also each handed a copy of the SeyGo publication, an indispensable free guide providing visitors with a map, vouchers, and the plethora of activities available to them during their stay in Seychelles.

The Seychelles Tourism Board and Mason’s Travel representatives were also at the airport to welcome this fresh group of visitors to Seychelles’ shores – occasionally joining in the festivities to give the visitors a further view of the joie de vivre found all over the island.
To recall earlier in March, the Medraft Spirit had landed its 25th flight into the country – all of which had been handled by local Destination Management Company, Mason’s Travels. Mason’s Travel is also the local ground-handling agent taking care of most accommodation, transfers, and excursions. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has welcomed the arrival of this latex large group of visitors from Israel saying that the diversifying policy of the island was working.

"We must continue to leave no stones unturned as we work to diversify our target markets. We need to continue to touch every niche market looking for a special holiday destination. Seychelles is this special destination, and we must all continue to say so everywhere we go. On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture we congratulate Mason's Travel for their continued efforts on the Israel Market," Minister St.Ange said.
Medraft Spirit is the only tour operator in Israel dealing with Seychelles on a permanent basis, providing two charters a year during their country’s holidays. Although the company also operates tours to Mauritius and Maldives, Seychelles has the highest percentage of visitors.
The relationship between the Medrift and Seychelles began in 2009, when they brought in a business group. Since then the company’s focus has shifted to FIT clients, who are in turn given the chance to sample some of the best tourism establishments in Seychelles such as Fregate, Maia, Denis Island, and Desroches Island.

 http://www.eturbonews.com/38126/israeli-visitors-experience-special-creole-hospitality-they-land

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Idiocy Of The Seychelles Government

Seychelles burned in offices deal

KHANYI NDABENI | 06 September, 2013 01:03
 
 

The Seychelles government has won a court case against a Pretoria attorney and her firm after a property deal for diplomatic offices went sour.

Last month, the Johannesburg High Court ordered attorney Hester Coetzee and the firm Barkhuizen du Buisson to pay the Seychelles government R1.6-million, with interest dating back to 2010, plus legal costs.

The Seychelles government claimed it was duped into agreeing to buy a 97m² unit in Lynnwood Park, Pretoria, in December 2009, for "diplomatic purposes" - only to find that the property was zoned for residential, and not business, use.
Operating diplomatic offices from the unit would have been unlawful.
The government paid the purchase price but moved out a few months later after learning of the zoning discrepancy.

The sale had not been registered and the unit was sold at auction for R700 000 in 2010 after Coetzee fell into financial difficulties, which she attributed to the government not paying rent on the property.
She accused the Seychelles government of owing R116500 in rent.
Attempts to contact Coetzee for comment were unsuccessful.

 http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/09/06/seychelles-burned-in-offices-deal

Saturday, 21 September 2013

"SFP UN AMBASSADOR FIRST DAY AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY"

Francis Gill with Lillian Gill
SFP-UN Ambassador Lillian Gill first day of school Stanford University. SFP and all freedom loving Seychellois wish her the best of luck.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Sailors and Marines aboard USS Carter Hall Volunteer at School in Seychelles


PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, Sep 03, 2013 — Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) participated in a community service project, organized by the U.S. Embassy, at Beau Vallon School in Seychelles as part of the ship’s port visit, Aug 26.
A total of 50 Sailors and Marines participated in the event, which allowed those involved to give back to the people of Seychelles.

“We were able to landscape and clean around the school, and we also painted the school,” said Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Shawna Fitzgerald, who helped organize the project. “They really appreciated the help, and we had a blast being there.”

There were many weeds to clear and trash to pick up around the school. They also trimmed hedges and did a general sweeping of the grounds. A fresh paint job made the school look newer and neater for the kids who attend the school.
“Thank you so much for volunteering. When the kids come back to school in September, they will have a nicer and cleaner school than when they left it thanks to you,” said Marie-Anette Ernesta, a Political/Economic Assistant in Seychelles.
Although school was not currently in session, Sailors and Marines also were able to interact with local children who were playing music in a classroom. Sailors showed the children some American dance moves, and the children demonstrated their dance steps as well.

“We were laughing and clapping our hands as they played music with drums and other instruments,” said Fitzgerald. “The kids were very cute and friendly. They also thanked us for being there.”
Service projects like the one conducted with the school serve to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with East African nations like Seychelles in order to enhance regional stability.
“It is very important that we have gatherings like these,” said Ernesta. “Historically, Seychelles has a very close friendship with the U.S. and events like these continue to cement that friendship.”

Carter Hall is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibilities.
http://www.africom.mil/Newsroom/Article/11223/carter-hall-volunteers-at-school-in-seychelles

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Seychelles Needs Positive Energy and Positive Thinking To Move Forward

I watched Dr. Henry Naiken Attentively while he revealed some positive thinking and energy ideas on SBC with Jude Louange. I was oriented non positive energy, and the power of the individual mind at an early age. It is critical that Seychelles change its approach to the problems it is facing today, that seemingly go unsolved, and worsen. We are living in a hole, that gets deeper and deeper, muddier and muddier each day.

Let's look at some areas where we have lost focus as a Nation and perhaps Dr. Naiken's ideas can reorient the Nation into moving positive energy in the right direction for a better Seychelles, with better people: "the best we can become".

SBC should give Dr. Naiken his own show on positive energy to breathe some positive thinking into our people before we are positively, Six feet under the ground as a nation There is no time to waste. His book should be read and studied critique in all schools for pupils 14 years - 18 years, before they get on the wrong track of life. Prevention is always better than cure.

Youth of Seychelles Going Astray and reckless at 30 and 40 Years Old

Our Youth, the future of Seychelles, are in general, living a life of lack of focus, lack of discipline and lack of challenge. Drugs and alcohol have become common place in their lives and recreation. They lack a sense of decency, to do what is right and avoid what is wrong. They do not correlate the value of their good name with their future. Our Youth have become obsessed with materialism, focusing their energy on the latest i- phone latest game boy. Prostitution in this young group is high and astonishing. Male and female. Morality has taken a back seat to materialism and drug habits. Dignity is sidelined. Self respect has become a foreign idea to many Youth.

Ministry of Youth hold seminars to reorient the Youth as the future workforce to reduce the 12,000 GOP holders and turn out is fickle. The leaders in the private sector that turn up to help them, with solid real life advise, are taunted and not taken seriously. The youth in Seychelles are people from ages 13 - 30. Ten years ago, it was 13 - 40, under the Communist definition of Youth. Maybe that is part of the problem. If someone thinks they are a youth until 40 ten years ago, they will take life easy and remain carefree longer then if they believe Youth ends at 30 according to PL policy today. I grew up understanding my Youth will end when i am 18 years of age. That is the age, that you become a consenting adult in the US. Parents usually show you the door by then, so you need a plan for education, work, money etc...... If you do not have a plan, you join the NAVY, ARMY, or AIR FORCE to get off the streets before the Police pick you up or you get into trouble with the law or gang violence.

Perhaps PL needs to reassess its desire to politically control people by controlling them until they are 30 under their policies, and let them grow up by 18, which is the norm.....in the world, today. Stop babying the Youth until they are 30 PL.Set then free at 18. What are you waiting for?

Fishermen Catching Drugs

Systematically we are witnessing as a Nation numerous fishing boats coming in with extraordinary loads of drugs, as much as SCR. 50Million a load. Incredible is it not? The fishermen are getting a bad wrap as carriers of drugs from Kenya and Madagascar. Not long ago, yachts coming into Seychelles for bareboat were doing the same. A load of drugs pays for a yacht and all expenses plus cash to spare. Loading boats with drugs is the oldest trick in the book of traffickers. One only wonders what took PL so long to catch on.

The sad thing about these arrests, is that the fishermen are being used by big time drug cartels that finance Scr. 50 Million loads that in turn corrupt and destroy our country. They are keeping the next generation high permanently. Additionally, fishermen have defacto abondoned their trade, which in the past, was very profitable. Who will take the step to reel them back to their trade? As the national catch drops each year, because drug trips make more money, what will happen to Seychelles economy and our national standardof living? PL has shown, it cannot win this war on drugs, and it has shown that it also involves its own people. What positive steps will PL take to rid Seychelles of drugs?

Money Laundering at it's PEAK in Seychelles

The recent articles exposing Seychelles as a key money laundering base by using Seychelles registered offshore companies has placed Seychelles squarely in a realm of disrepute internationally. The amount exceeds $500 Billion according to one report, involving 2,000 Seychelles shell companies, all formed by one person, who is still doing offshore in Seychelles. Incredible. That Seychelles Police, SIBA, Attorney General cannot act on such information when the International organisations are begging for actions. It is as if we are consigned to this type of negative publicity and we accept it as being normal and part of our FAILURE DNA as a Nation. We can do better then this PL.

The Indebted Nation In The World

Congratulations PL! You are No. 1! Bravo! Excellent! Job well done! For what? STATUS: Most indebted Nation in the world: Seychelles. Thank you.

One question: what positive steps will you take to unite Seychelles, to tackle this infamous title to make Seychelles, "THE LEAST INDEBTED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD" in 5 years? 

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!  

Written by Christopher Gill, Leader of Seychelles Freedom Party.




Monday, 2 September 2013

Tropical island paradise tops debt league

Published: Monday, 2 Sep 2013 | 7:03 AM ET
By: | Assistant Producer, CNBC.com 
The Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, better known for their pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, are the most indebted nation in the world, according to a new report released on Monday.
The "debt league" compiled data on government debt and private debt and looked at how much a country owes as well as how much it is owed.
According to this measure, the Seychelles tops the league of the most indebted nations, with national net debt at 152 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). In order of indebtedness, it is followed by Portugal, Ireland and Greece, countries which like the Seychelles in 2008, received international bailouts.
Published on Monday by the Jubilee Debt Campaign, a group which presses for developing countries' debts to be canceled, the league table revealed that the largest creditor country was Singapore with a net surplus of 294 percent of GDP. It was followed by Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and Norway.
Out of the 127 debtors and 36 surplus countries, the U.K. was the 98th most indebted country with a net debt of 13 percent of GDP. However, the figure for private sector foreign owed debt was 364 percent of GDP - making the U.K. the fourth most indebted country in those terms.
Jubilee Debt Campaign, which used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, central banks and OECD databases for the league table, said lender countries were traditionally seen as "morally superior" to indebted countries for their credit surpluses. "But they are just as responsible for debt crises in a world increasingly characterized by huge imbalances."
(Read more: Is Germany in 'cloudcuckoo land' over Greek debt?)
"The organization believes foreign owed debt is a more important factor causing crises than domestic debt, and private debt is far more important than traditionally believed," Jubilee Debt Campaign stated.
"Though the U.K. ranks 98th most indebted country in the world in the net debt league, its private sector debt is [massive]…this means the U.K. economy is in desperate need of reform - but not of the sort of austerity policies currently being imposed," the report continued.
The economist who calculated the figures for the group said it provided a new perspective on debt. "Often when referring to a country's debt, people only focus on how much debt is owed by a government," Tim Jones remarked. "But it ignores the debt owed by private companies, including banks, even though that was the main cause of the current financial crisis."
(Read more: What Taxpayer Bailouts? Euro Crisis Saves Germany Money)
"Countries in a foreign debt crisis need debts to be canceled. But to prevent crises in the first place we need to regain control of the financial system. The U.K. debt crisis is a crisis of private debt, bank debt, and it hasn't gone away. Austerity will do nothing to help this. Instead we need to regulate lending between states, including by private companies and banks."
- By CNBC's Holy Ellyatt, follow her on Twitter

Seychelles Most Indebted Country In The World


The President who bankrupt the Seychelles.
The idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles has been revealed as the world's most indebted nation, in a list compiled by campaigners.
By including private borrowing from overseas by firms and consumers, as well as government debts, the Jubilee Debt Campaign says its data reveals the true scale of the burden on struggling countries around the world.

The Seychelles, which received an IMF bailout at the height of the world financial crisis in late 2008, tops the list with net debts worth more than a year and a half's GDP. It is followed by four victims of the eurozone crisis: Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.
The UK is the 98th most indebted country, according to the study. But when gross private debts are taken into account – without offsetting foreign liabilities – the UK shoots up the list. Foreign debts owed by Britain's private sector, mainly by banks, amount to 364% of GDP, Jubilee says, making Britain the fourth most indebted country on those terms. Ireland tops this private sector league with debts worth 900% of GDP.

Jubilee helped to fight for large-scale cancellation of developing countries' debts from 2000 onwards, and some beneficiaries such as Liberia and Burundi still have among the lowest government debt payments as a proportion of GDP in the world.

But Tim Jones, who compiled the data, said the scale of the criss-crossing IOUs between many of the world's major countries showed how vulnerable the international economy remained.
"These figures show the huge imbalances which continue to plague the global economy. Large debts in some countries are matched by huge lending from the likes of German, British and Swiss banks. This creates a global boom-bust cycle which has been repeated for the last 30 years, from Africa and Latin America, to east Asia and Europe, and now India once again," he said.
The Indian government has had to step in to try to halt a breakneck slide in the rupee in recent weeks, as foreign investors pull out their capital due to fears that the US Federal Reserve is about to halt its $85bn-a-month quantitative easing programme.

As well as totting up debts, Jubilee has also revealed the countries most responsible for pouring capital into other economies in the form of loans, often the proceeds of a large trade surplus. Singapore, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia emerge as the largest net creditors to the rest of the world. Singapore has net loans to the rest of the world worth almost three years' GDP.
Karel Williams, of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at Manchester University, said these creditor countries should be held equally culpable for periodic global debt crises, along with the debtors who often take much of the blame. "It's like blaming prostitution on the poor girl who's prostituting herself: there's a punter involved here," he said.

"There's a problem about trade imbalances which drives countries to recycle them." Unless the proceeds are reinvested abroad – as Norway does with much of its oil fund, for example – a large trade surplus can drive up a country's currency.
In a separate analysis, Jubilee Debt Campaign also lists the countries where repaying government debts swallows up the largest proportion of revenues. Lebanon tops this list, with more than 55% of the money that comes into the treasury going straight back out to creditors. Jamaica, Greece and Ireland all spend more than 25% of revenues on servicing their national debt.
Ramkalawan contributed to bankrupt the Seychelles

Jan Toporowski, professor of economics and finance at University of London's school of Oriental and African studies, said: "This is the untold story behind developments in international banking and finance, a story which shows that these are not just everyday transactions helpfully carried out by international banks as a benefit to the world in general. The data shows the legacy of debt that is the consequence of international transactions carried out without a proper system of debt management. They highlight the most urgent issue in international finance."
 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/sep/02/seychelles-tops-list-indebted-nations