Sunday, 28 September 2014

Not much progress made for approval of second Seychelles Airlines


There has been a constant stream of messages and emails from contacts in the Seychelles of late, over the fate of the application launched by the owners of Intershore Aviation, owners of the Seychelles Airlines trade name.
With months gone by already has apparently no progress been made but by the look of it, and according to feedback received when making further enquiries, it seems that the application has been put on ice by the powers that be, citing issues over the trade name chosen by Intershore.
Wrote one regular source: ‘I told you when you wrote about this first, that they will be blocked at every corner. The last thing Air Seychelles now needs, in their own thinking, is a rival eating into their market share. Their new expansion plans will probably cost them an arm and a leg to get the routes to Dar es Salaam and Madagascar into profit territory. India should be a different thing, there is demand, but again there is Mihin already offering flights via Colombo and Emirates from many destinations in India via Dubai. What I am saying is that the money Air Seychelles has made over the past two years is now being invested into new routes and aircraft and they hope it pays off. Seychelles Airlines on the other hand banks on nonstop flights from Paris and there are the Air Seychelles flights via Abu Dhabi a handicap for them. China was first to be nonstop but had to be routed through Abu Dhabi, and we all know why. It is time we get competition on the island with another airline but there lies the problem. I don’t see how SCAA and the Ministry of Transport can be impartial or independent in decision making and grant the newcomers a license when they are so directly linked to the national airline. Today it is the trade name, tomorrow it will be another issue and another after that. The present shareholding and board membership in Air Seychelles tells that story without saying another word. I don’t see Seychelles Airlines happen, not this year, not next year, perhaps not for many years’.
Other regular sources made similar comments and expressed similar sentiments though not one wanted to go on the record, claiming the matter was too sensitive to be raised in public and that unless the SHTA would take up the lead on this as an association, individuals were not likely to stand up to be counted.
The issue of competition from within the islands was also raised earlier in the year during an interview with Air Seychelles but understandably, in retrospect, not answered, itself an answer of course. It seems obvious that the present delays for Seychelles Airlines’ application process, some in fact termed them outright obstructions, was primarily favouring the national carrier.
Additional information passed on related to the challenges in the French market place for the Seychelles, a factor which has led to the accumulated 2014 arrival figures being very slightly below last year’s record numbers, and there was consensus among all the sources sampled that only nonstop flights could arrest the decline in France since travel via secondary hubs was seen as cumbersome and seen as prone to greater risks of delayed flights and lost baggage. The just ended Top Resa travel trade fair, France’s most important one, will no doubt have brought additional insights for the Seychelles tourism industry through the interaction with French travel agents and tour operators but at least one source promptly added that insights will not necessarily translate into corrective action nor see the Seychelles Airlines application receive the thumbs up.
Challenging times for sure as aviation in the Seychelles appears at cross roads, with government at odds with a significant portion of the private sector, which, going by the wave of comments received, appears in majority in favour of the new airline.
‘Give these people a chance’ added a source in closing before concluding ‘…as otherwise the entire liberalization of our economy will be put under a question mark. This is, what do you call it, the litmus test for opening up economic spaces’.
E turbo news.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Seychelles Facing Total Implosion As Key Opportunity Is Missed By PL!


In life, timing is everything and sometimes, when one misses an opportunity, they pay for it for years and decades to come.
This week TOP RESA the annual Paris Tourism Trade Fair was in full operation and Seychelles had a golden opportunity to re- launch her image to finally plant a seed that would reverse the downward trend in the French market suffering -14% decline monthly.
Instead, Minister St. Ange and his A-TEAM ( they are an A-Team) went to Paris empty handed, because PL government slept and vacillated on the primordial issues too long, focusing only on internal Budget deadlines, and ignoring core TOURISM TRADE deadlines like opening of TOP RESA.

Critical Note: Budget is where we decide how to spend money we will earn from Tourism. It is not the other way around PL.

The Competition is Wide Awake PL
At TOP RESA, Mauritius and Maldives turned up with digital banners spread every where that said: DIRECT FLIGHTS! DIRECT FLIGHTS!
What could poor St. Ange and his A-TEAM Do?
HUB and SPOKE To Paradise….with delays and lost Baggage Today!”

What Could Have Been Done To Flip France Into A Growth Market Again Before TOPRESA Trade Fair?
  1. PL Government of Seychelles announces Approval of Seychelles Airlines.
Pressure now on Mr. Afif to make it happen or get off the Radio air waves.
  1. PL calls for additional Direct Flights from Etihad Partner from Europe and
China.

  1. Bold PL Government of Seychelles calls for reduction in VAT from 15% to
7% in 2015 to stimulate Tourism Industry and make Seychelles more competitive and attractive as a long haul destination.
  1. Bold PL Government of Seychelles calls on austerity cuts in all ministries,
suspending political pensions, new vehicles, travelling for next 24 months unless approved by Minister of Finance. Ministers are all called to Order, to address issues plaguing their ministries that “en pay” Seychelles. They should be given Thirty (30) days to present solid propositions or resign and be replaced by private sector recommended candidates.

  1. PL Government announces reduction in fuel tax from 40%-25% to reduce
inter island travelling costs and this will encourage French market to go back to their Three (3) island one holiday preferred vacation.

  1. PL Government urges all ferries and cargo ships to pass these savings on to the traveler and consumer.

  1. Minister of Transportation who is also Chairman of Air Seychelles,
announces that Etihad will offer 200 FOC tickets per year for educational to Tour Operators in France and Germany to solidify our partnership.
  1. Etihad-Air Seychelles welcomes another Airline to the market and offers
Seat Allocation to all Tour Operators selling Seychelles.

9. “Sesel Sa” is published in French not English.

10.Minister of Tourism STB partners with Petit Fute’ to push Seychelles as a
destination on a year round basis.

11. Minister announces that Seychelles is so serious about taking care of its
guests that even Taxi fares will be reduced in 2015 and all taxis will be
painted the same color before being licensed.
Guess what folks, it did not happen.

Implosion imminent.
Instead, we had the focus of the World press in place, and all Minister St. Agne could do likely (possibly, I have not spoken to him, but can imagine) is say: we are looking into direct flights, we are looking into seat allocations, we are looking into reduce fares , we are looking into reduce taxi fares, we are looking into the declining trend, we are looking, if I am lucky in 2015 I will no longer be looking.
In the meantime, the French Market is looking into a holiday else where- other than Seychelles.
All IMF can do is scratch their head and say maybe 3% growth……(I doubt that very much, try -3% IMF).

Sesel Sa…..does not have to be this way!

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Harmon Chellen Might Have Died in Police Detention

The mysterious death of Harmon Chellen in the Seychelles has a new plot twist: the minister of justice of the island proclaimed that the man might have died when he was in detention at the police station to where he was summoned because of the accusation of attempt to rape levelled at him by an employee of the hotel he was residing at.

Some weeks ago, on the 19th of August , Harmon Chellen, the former director of the École Hotelière SGD, was found dead in the sea of Seychelles. He had travelled to the island after having been invited as guest of honour to a graduation ceremony. On the last day of his visit, his dead body was found in the ocean by an inhabitant of the region of Port Glaud. The cause of death has remained unknown. Two autopsies were done to decipher the circumstances that could have led to the tragic event: the one done by the Seychelles authorities yielded nothing, while a second one performed in Mauritius revealed injuries on the corpse at the level of the temple.

Previously, it was thought that perhaps he had committed suicide, or that the death was the result of ‘foul play’. Moreover, just hours before the discovery of his dead body in the sea, he was summoned at the police station after a woman working at the hotel where he was staying accused him of having attempted to rape her.
The situation now has taken a new turn: the minister of justice of the Seychelles, Rony Govinden, has made a public declaration that according to the investigation and the related reports that he has gone through, it seems that Harmon Chellen died while he was in police detention. This news was announced yesterday night, 23rd of September.
A judiciary investigation has now been opened to shed light on the exact circumstances of the death of Harmon Chellen.

http://news.islandcrisis.net/2014/09/harmon-chellen-might-have-died-in-police-detention/

"I Want More Freebies" Says James Michel at the UN

Seychelles President James Michel addressed the UN Climate Summit in New York this morning with an emotional appeal on behalf of islanders all around the world, for world leaders to take decisive action now to reach an agreement to halt climate change.
He asked them not to ignore the truth about climate change, and warned that it is time for action and not just for speeches.
“We have been given four minutes to address this plenary. It doesn’t matter. It is four minutes too many, I say! For now is not the time for speeches, but for action. We have heard it all before: the well-crafted speeches, the promises and the exhortations… We have also heard the scientific facts, the complaints, the pleas for help from those on the front line: Small Island Developing States.”
President Michel reiterated his statement made in Samoa at the UN SIDS Conference earlier this month, where he had called climate change ‘a crime against humanity.’
“Climate change – on our current, avid path – is a crime against humanity. We are all guilty. And we are all victims. But increasingly, SIDS themselves, are refusing to be victims,” said President Michel.
He said that islands are taking up the challenge to build their resilience and finding innovative ways to tackle their uncertain situation.
“Seychelles is hoping to finalise innovative debt for adaptation swaps that allow us to create marine protected areas that build climate resilience, while receiving debt reduction. We also call for more ownership by islands and coastal states of our ‘Blue Economy’, strengthening our ability to build resilience, sustainability, food security and economic prosperity. We need to take into consideration a Vulnerability Index for SIDS,” he said.
President Michel called for the Paris agreement in 2015 to be a protocol under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chang (UNFCC) and said that it must be an ambitious and legally binding agreement that is applicable to all and must be adopted within the shortest possible timeframe.
“We must agree ambitious targets on the basis of common but differentiated responsibility. We call for the urgent operationalisation of the Warsaw International Mechanism for loss and damage and for a permanent seat on the Executive Committee of the Mechanism to be allocated to SIDS.We must mobilise real adaption funding for all countries particularly taking into consideration the vulnerability of SIDS,” said the President.
The President said that recently, a Seychellois child wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations in a heartfelt plea, which resonates with all islanders. He quoted the child saying; « We are small, » he wrote, « and to many we are insignificant … I am an islander and proud of it, for there is no other place I would wish to be my home … Our pleas are lost in all the noises made by the great of this world. While they count their profits, we are left unheard, forgotten … »
Mr. Michel asked world leaders to not forget our children in this year of climate action.
http://www.eturbonews.com/50704/un-climate-summit-take-action-now-fight-against-climate-change

Saturday, 20 September 2014

US Dollars 40,000 Trip for James Michel But No Forex In Seychelles Banks


Seychelles President James Michel heads to New York this weekend to attend the United Nations Climate Change Summit, at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The Seychelles President will be accompanied at summit by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam, the Secretary General in the Office of the President, Lise Bastienne, the Ambassador to the US and Permanent Representative to the UN, Marie-Louise Potter and the Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Issues, Ronny Jumeau.
President Michel made strong statements on the issue of climate change recently in Samoa at the UN conference on Small Island Developing States:
"It is time that we recognise climate change for what it is: a collective crime against humanity. Climate change will be the single largest reason for displacement of peoples in the next 50 years. Climate change is already robbing a generation of its livelihoods. Climate change is robbing island nations of their right to exist. We must save our future together." The full text of the address is here.
To note, Mr. Michel met with the UN Secretary General in the margins of the Samoa conference, and commended the UNSG for his efforts to put climate change on the international agenda. During the meeting Mr Ban Ki-moon said that climate change should be a number one priority for the world community, particularly the rising sea levels, and that he would be mobilizing various governments to materialize their pledges for funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
According to the United Nations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit to engage leaders and advance climate action and ambition.
The Summit will serve as a public platform for leaders at the highest level – all UN Member States, as well as finance, business, civil society and local leaders from public and private sectors – to catalyze ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
The UN has said that: "Climate Summit will be about action and solutions that are focused on accelerating progress in areas that can significantly contribute to reducing emissions and strengthening resilience – such as agriculture, cities, energy, financing, forests, pollutants, resilience and transportation."

http://www.eturbonews.com/50508/president-michel-heads-new-york-un-climate-summit

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Etihad Turning Seychelles Into A Big Spoke When it Should Be A Hub

Did everyone hear about the great news of Air Seychelles acquiring under lease, a Airbus 320 to fly regionally 115 passengers at a time to Madagscar, Dar E Salaam? This recent announcement adds Jo’burg  South Africa to a regional spoke controlled by Etihad using Air Seychelles name and position in Africa for front door entrance into the market.

Feed The Hub-Feed The Hub
The business model proposed by Etihad and Minister Joel Morgan, Chairman of Air Seychelles, [seems to be playing along], is to use secondary regional feeder routes via Seychelles to increase traffic into the Abu Dhabi, UAE hub, by- passing the Dubai hub or La Reunion hub, or South Africa for Eastern Africa.
All this is just wonderful news for Seychelles, according to Etihad/Air Seychelles Monoj Papa.

Tourism Not A Priority To Etihad- Air Seychelles
The message of this new regional routes declaration is clear and no one should be fooled by the declaration: “Tourism is not a priority For Etihad-Air Seychelles”. They just implement strategies to feed the hub of Abu Dhabi which is lagging behind Dubai, nothing else.
No one in the Tourism Industry should be fooled.
No one in PL government should be fooled.

What Next?
It is now clear that Etihad is using Seychelles and Air Seychelles beyond a doubt and our Tourism Industry is paying the price like an old used rag and the Consolidated Fund and Seychelles economy is suffering badly, bordering on collapse because the Hub and Spoke business model has not work.
What next?
My advise. They used us, now we must use them, simple. There is no time to cry over spilled milk and play the blame game. Let us all get to work to free us from the Etihad stronghold over Seychelles destiny. Once everyone adopts this state of mind, let us all focus and take the next step.

Seventy Five Bilateral Agreements Signed
There are Seventy –Five plus Bilateral Agreements signed with other airlines. Immediately as in overtime, yesterday, a joint government and private secotr delegation needs to be formed to open negotiations, re-engagement with key potential airlines that can fly directly into Seychelles.

Welcome Condor Twice A Week
Priority should be given to Condor that is flying once a week into Seychelles and can set running a second flight. No effort should be spared to insure that Condor commits to the second flight. Beg and borrow if we have too. We must get Condor on line to solidify our German market growth rates. Up to now, there is high demand for Seychelles, but not enough direct flights.

Welcome China Airlines Direct
China Airlines is one of the biggest airlines in the World. They have one of the largest orders of 787-800 Dreamliners that consume  32% less fuel on a long haul then a traditional aluminum plane. Seychelles must send a delegation to China to fast forward direct flights from Beijing, where most Seychelles bound Tourist come from. No time should be wasted, because Tour Operators in China are being courted by Mauritius and Maldives everyday and they are experiencing a boom in tourism from this direct flight market.
China will continue to experience 8% plus growth rates and they holiday when Europe works, hence fitting well into our off season market. Direct flights from China can mean that Seychelles goes from a 3 month holiday season to a 12 month year round boom cycle. Do not waste time. The time to act is now. It can only benefit Seychelles Tourism and even self oriented Etihad can dip into the activity with outbound traffic to the regional hubs it will now serve.
In effect, we can do what I always said we should: work to make Seychelles a regional airline hub in its own right. It will break the Hub and Spoke enslavement of Etihad conspired to manipulate Seychelles in her hour of need when Air Seychelles was cash strapped.

Welcome Union Jack British Airways Back
The UK is experience a boom in manufacturing , real estate, and finance. Why? Simple. When they went through a economic crisis with Continental Europe, they were not tied to the Euro currency policies and could adjust quickly to a redress shortfalls in exports by dropping the value of the Pound and delivering excellence in product manufacturing. They sold British excellence and they are back in a feel good mode.
This is the time to negotiate direct flights beg for them if you have to, bring back the UK market. They are travelling long haul, but not to Seychelles. There is no reason why they should not come to the most beautiful islands in the World, unless of course we make it difficult and tricky to get here.

Hub and Spoke Fiasco
James Michel staked his political prowess on the Hub and Spoke distribution system for Seychelles inbound Tourist.
It works in a haphazard manner.
If Michel’s mean cannot secure direct flights to cover up his fiasco, I believe its time for Mr. Michel to retire, call it a day, resign to a life of writing books with ghost writers, given that Seychelles today is suffering so much from non performance of his grand idea Khalifa gave him, which he swallowed hook line and sinker.

Sesel Sa……does not have to be this way!

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Top French tour operators in Seychelles to chart an effective course to check recent slump in arrivals on French Market

As part of its policy of targeted marketing and In response to the worrying 13% decrease (2014 vs 2013) in visitor arrivals from its much valued French market, the Seychelles Tourism Board has taken the initiative to invite a group of top French tour operators currently selling the destination to attend a strategy meeting in Seychelles in mid-September 2014.
The aim of this meeting is to deliberate on the way forward, listen to the challenges currently faced by French tour operators and agree upon and implement an immediate plan of action for increasing market share from this important market.
“France is a country with which we have enjoyed significant ties for more than 250 years and has been a leading market for inbound tourism since the beginnings of our tourism industry in the early 1970s,”affirmed Alain St. Ange, Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism & Culture, “and we will leave no stone unturned in our attempts to ensure that whatever challenges we are currently facing in this area of our tourism are addressed timeously and comprehensively.”

Relevant, senior members of the Seychelles government will be invited to be present at the scheduled meeting of leading French tour operators to listen to their concerns as well as key stake holders of the local tourism industry with years of experience in marketing the destination to ensure that a high level of professionalism in discussions is achieved.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for all parties concerned with inbound tourism to put our heads together in a brainstorming session and tackle problems from every perspective. We’re hopeful the findings will enable us to chart an effective course to check the recent slump in arrivals,” stated Sherin Naiken, Chief Executive of Seychelles’ Tourism Board.
Bernadette Willemin Seychelles Tourism Board Director for Europe said she is happy with rapid response of top French tour operators to attend the strategic meeting.
Mrs Willemin added the rapidity of their response send out a clear message, top French tour operators are still interested to sell Seychelles as an island destination.
’’ We’ve always promoted Seychelles on French market in close collaborations with our top key tour operators. Today, it is in the same spirit that we met to mapped out new strategies and put the market back on the right track’’
The meeting will be held Monday 15th at Contance Ephelia Resort

http://www.maurice-info.mu/top-french-tour-operators-seychelles-chart-effective-course-check-recent-slump-arrivals-french-market.html

Friday, 12 September 2014

Seychelles Being Over-Run By Internet Age

Welcome Baby Pure FM
The PURE FM RADIO station will turn One (1) year old this week. It should have been 40 years old by now. This is an indication of how far behind the times Seychelles is. Ironically, internet radio is the trend today. Pure FM may be around for another year.

Cable At The Table
Cable and Wireless, a company that was running a monopoly for years and generations in communication, took on Airtel in 1998 but then Airtel was a non starter. The little competition Airtel provided, allowed Cable and Wireless to wake up, and they invested heavily in fibre optic infrastructure in Seychelles, to connect us with AFRICA ONE via the Tanzania feeder. It is an investment that exceeds 35 Million USD.
The problem for Seychelles is that the Government of Seychelles has allowed Cable and Wireless to fix internet connection rates at excessive rates, to allow it to recover its investment in a short term spread. Internet infrastructure return on investment is never short term.

Airtel Too Little Too Late
Pathetic Airtel who is always behind the times is now placing hotspots around town. Desperate opportunism at its best Airtel. What we need is cheap internet rates everywhere in Seychelles, not just at selected sites. As usually, Airtel misses the point and charges a card Scr. 350.00. Airtel that is over $30.00. Who in the World pays that rate for internet usage these days? Pathetic. Airtel may consider going into the fish packing business and fish fingers manufacturing at its ocean front location.

End Effect Rip Off Internet Prices
With Cable and Wireless along with Airtel believe it has an inherent God given right to massive profits in Seychelles, with their Fibre optic investment, they are surcharging customers excessive fees for internet connectivity in an age wherein it is suppose to be as cheap as banana chips.
The impact of high rates on hotels is passed on to Visitors that give us a bad rap for providing a rip off service.
If Cable and Wireless wants to continue to generate revenue from the Tourism market, it needs to play a long, extend its projected return on investment period of recovery and drop prices of services. A market needs to be nurtured to grow, not scalped to produce.
If Cable and Wireless drops internet rates, Tourism establishments, will pass the benefit to visitors.
Airtel forget about it. Just help them with permits to accelerate in fish fingers.

Seychelles Wins With Excellence
If this is done fast, Seychelles will be able to take advantage of the 3-G travelers that are inbound more than ever. They will take photos of fantastic views, beaches, vistas, hotels, food, and send them all around the World, instantly, constantly. They will be converted into Seychelles Marketing agents in an ad hoc and real way. This potentially can drive down our demand for huge marketing budgets and we can shift focus from marketing country to marketing airlines seats and hotel rooms where the effort is much needed, but there is no money to do what is necessary.
High internet rates will continue to dog Seychelles image if we do not say: enough is enough, Cable and Wireless!
Now is your chance to move forward with business, so do not take it for granted.
In the old days, one had to line up his/her ducks they say.
In the internet age, that has not changed.

Sesel Sa……it does not have to be that way!

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!

May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Freedom of the Press

Seychelles

Freedom of the Press 2014


The media environment in Seychelles over the past decade has been characterized by government monopolization of radio and television, liberal use of draconian libel laws against opposition newspapers, occasional attacks against and harassment of media workers, and extensive self-censorship. However, conditions improved somewhat in 2013 due to a recent reduction in the cost of broadcast licenses, the issuing of new licenses, and the launching of the first private radio station as well as a new print outlet.
The constitution protects freedom of speech, but it also limits this guarantee with provisions protecting the reputation, rights, and privacy of citizens and the “interest of defense, public safety, public order, public morality, or public health.” It grants the minister of information the power to prohibit the broadcast of any material deemed contradictory to the “national interest.” Since the court of appeals in 2007 overturned a libel conviction against the opposition weekly Regar, which had forced it to close temporarily, both the filing of libel charges and libel convictions have diminished. Nevertheless, civil libel suits can still be used against journalists. In 2012, the editor of the newspaper Le Nouveau Seychelles Weekly, Ralph Volcere, who was also an opposition party leader, was found guilty of contempt of court under section 114 (1) of the penal code for an article challenging the neutrality of a sitting judge. Volcere was required to either publish an apology or pay a fine of 10,000 rupees ($730). Seychelles has no freedom of information legislation in place.
The state has a de facto monopoly on television broadcasting, and until 2013 it controlled the only radio outlets as well. Private broadcasters have been slow to develop because of prohibitively large annual licensing fees, though these were reduced in 2012 from 800,000 rupees ($67,000) to 100,000 rupees for radio and 250,000 rupees for television. Following one opposition party’s efforts to raise enough money for a radio license, the National Assembly in 2006 passed an amendment to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Act prohibiting politically affiliated groups from obtaining a license.
In late 2009, the Seychelles Media Association, a grouping of media professionals, was reconstituted after a 10-year hiatus. The 2010 Seychelles Media Commission Act set up an independent media arbitration body, but questions have been raised about its neutrality. In May 2013, the commission published codes of conduct and ethics for journalists in the country.

A new Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation Act was passed in 2011, replacing legislation from 1992. The act was intended to increase the autonomy of the state-owned Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), which runs the only television station and two radio stations. However, the period surrounding the 2011 presidential election highlighted the continued bias of the SBC in favor of the ruling Parti Lepep and its candidate, President James Michel, who won reelection. SBC media coverage is still dominated by the government, giving opposition parties only limited access.
There have been reports of the government monitoring e-mail, chat rooms, and blogs, and opposition activists have accused authorities of blocking their party websites. Individuals are commonly arrested, detained, and eventually released for posting critical comments about government officials on social-networking websites.
Incidents involving attacks on or harassment of journalists are uncommon. However, in October 2013, Volcere reported via Facebook that Le Nouveau Seychelles Weekly’s delivery vehicle had been severely vandalized.
The state-owned daily Seychelles Nation rarely publishes stories that are critical of the government, and paid advertising accounts for 60 percent of the content. Pressure from advertisers has led to management restructuring and the departure of seven journalists since 2010. The independent daily Today in Seychelles has grown to become one of the leading newspapers since launching in 2011. The weekly Le Seychellois Hebdo, which also began publishing in 2011, takes a more critical stance toward the government. Three other weekly newspapers—Regar, the People, and Le Nouveau Seychelles Weekly—are affiliated with political parties. In February 2013, the newspaper Rising Sun Daily News abruptly ceased publication. However, a new triweekly paper, the Victoria Times, was launched in April. The SBC operates government-owned television and radio stations and relays foreign broadcasts. The government subsidizes 85 percent of the SBC budget, with the remaining 15 percent coming from private advertising. Since the 2012 reduction in broadcast licensing fees, authorities have granted two licenses to independent radio stations. In August 2013, one of those stations, Pure FM, went on the air, becoming the country’s first private commercial radio outlet.
In 2012, Seychelles was connected to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, which provided the country with greater telecommunications bandwidth. About 50 percent of the population accessed the internet in 2013. Telecommunications companies must submit subscriber information to the government, though the requirement was not enforced in 2013.

http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/2014/seychelles#.VBFPdWOa9Go

Monday, 8 September 2014

Emirates Hirers Seychelloise to Run Airline, Air Seychelles Does Not!

After rising through the ranks since 2004, Denise Rassool was recently appointed the head of Emirates Airlines to Seychelles with a score of people under her responsibility.
 
Oomar Ramtoola, the head of Emirates to the Indian Ocean, thus welcomed dedication without flaws in the company's new Director.
 
For his part, the Minister of tourism of the Seychelles, Alain Saint-Ange, congratulated warmly Denise Rassool for his exemplary career within Emirates Airlines.
 
As a reminder, Emirates Airlines, renewed its support to the Seychelles in the context of the promotion of the destination last May and has decided to increase its weekly flights to the archipelago with two additional flights from October 28.
 
The airline company of Dubai dessert today Seychelles, with 12 flights scheduled each week with the Airbus A340-500.
 
Emirates Airlines is an airline company in full expansion, with more than 180 aircraft that make up its fleet. With more than 120 destinations in 74 countries, Emirates Airlines displays a solid health, in a sector of the air yet in the crisis.
 
The airline company of Dubai, Emirates Airlines, issued last Thursday a net profit up 43% for the year 2013 to 887 million dollars against 622 million dollars registered in 2012.

n.indian-ocean-times.com/Seychelles-A-Seychellois-named-at-the-head-of-Emirates-Airlines-in-the-archipelago_a4386.html

Friday, 5 September 2014

Seychelles Faces The Black Hole Again!

No sooner than the Tourists arrived in country in the last week of July and Two (2) meager weeks in August a former peak period, Mr. President kicked the local scene and headed to Washington DC, to meet leftist borderline Communist Mr. Obama, who has taken to shaking hands with dictators, murderers, killers and crooks.
Then after leaving Mr. Obama (whose career and place in history is washed up now) Mr. President headed to Zimbabwe to meet and greet President “Humus” Robert Mugabe the shame and disgrace of Africa who now heads SADC.
After a tour of Victoria Falls named after Queen Victoria, like Seychelles Hospital, before the name change to please the Shiekh of camels and numerous hedge funds exceeding $40 Billion, with a investment strategy to buy anything in the World, Mr. President head to New Zealand to with begging bowl in hand spilling the same old “Small Island States” argument of why we under perform each year, every year and we need some scholarships.
Yet Mr. President does little up to now, to resolve the now cronic issues facing the  Seychelles economy and society.
It is as if he has given up. “No one runs the country anymore “-is what one person said to me. She added: “each minister does what they want without any co-ordination of the strategy forward”. She is a ex-minister from SPPF. 

Black Is Back
When Mr. President left Seychelles, there was no Black Market. When Mr. President will return from his World wind tour spanning oceans and continents, he will return to a Seychelles that has a new BLACK MARKET regime in place, to displace his entire financial structure.
Commercial banks will lose money and lose confidence.
Money changers will change their underwear.
Large hotels will bank more than ever overseas.
Seychellois will bank overseas to safeguard from government seizing their money and side track restrictions on possession of hard currency.
Irish fake Police will ask for salary in US Dollars and will not accept Seychelles Rupees.
Mr. President, Black is Back! Sir, your economy is collapsing like in “poof”! Take a look at the films from CNN on the collapsing of the World Trade Center Twin Towers if your Ministers are not putting you in the picture of real time Seychelles.
Yes……”poof”!

Cash Houses With Fake Rates
Cash houses are publishing fake rates of exchange to placate the fooled Public. Those who are savvy, are not buying the fake rates published on SBC every night as a fake Public service. When cash houses offer 12.40 for a US Dollar and 13.25 on resale for a US Dollar, commercial traders and neighbors to the cash houses, pop out in front of you, and say: “hey- hey , I will give you 13.0-1.0 or I will sell 14.0- 1.0.” Black is back and this time, it is a big hole that is expanding every day from 14.0 -1.0 to 16.0 -1.0 in a month or Two. Then the Cancer will spread to the point of no return.
MADAGASCAR here we come for shopping!

The Fundamental Issue
The Seychelles economy is substantially underperforming and the PL government of Mr. President has vacillated too long, and taken too much time to react to the down turn . The final effect is lack of productivity translate into a sluggish economy with less and less hard currency entering the financial system, and daily, growing loss of confidence in the Seychelles economy which is compounded by bad decisions of the PL regime, in areas of Planning development, over capacity of hotels, lack of good ideas for further growth, and of course a dubious offshore sector.

Seychelles Rupee Devalues Daily
As the economy under performs month on month, quarter on quarter, less hard currency enters Seychelles, the Seychelles Rupee will devalue in spite of fake rates the CBS is publishing on SBC.
We are at a point of no return now with PL mad policies. Seychellois will suffer the most, shop keepers will raise prices, and slice into their pockets ruthlessly. Fat cats will get fatter and corruption will grow even more in the commercial banks just like it did in the one party State.
We will be back to who you know, not what you know, but a whole sector will die off for ever and many

Seychellois will never see prosperity again in their lives.
Sesel Sa……does not have to be this way!

Seselwa Unite!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Avana Petroleum Limited receives a default notice in Seychelles

Monday, 1 September 2014

Parti Lepep Donor Goes Bankrupt

CHENNAI: NRI businessman C Sivasankaran who rode the telecom wave for two decades is officially bankrupt.

The serial entrepreneur has applied for bankruptcy protection in a Seychelles court to ward off a claim by his Bahrain-based telecom partner Batelco, which won a court decree for its $212million claim on its investment in S Tel, for which Sivasankaran stood personal guarantee. S Tel's telecom licences in India were cancelled along with 121 other licences by the Supreme Court in the 2G case.

The 58-year-old Sivasankaran, or Siva as he is referred to in business circles, filed for insolvency in a court in Seychelles early August. He is a citizen of Seychelles. The Supreme Court of Seychelles ordered Siva insolvent on August 26 (last Wednesday) and has since appointed a receiver. 

"It is hereby declared that the debtor Chinnakannan Sivasankaran is bankrupt and a bankruptcy order is made accordingly in terms of Section 14 (1) of the Insolvency Act 2013. The declaration and commencement of bankruptcy shall take effect immediately," acting chief justice of Seychelles Supreme Court D Karunakaran wrote in an order.

Siva, who sold Aircel to Maxis, bought and sold Barista coffee chain and stakes in Tamilnad Mercantile Bank, besides a host of other deals, could not be reached for a comment.

The court has appointed Bernard Pool as official receiver and manager of Siva's estate "with immediate effect". The official receiver has been directed to investigate Siva's financial affairs and file a preliminary report in three months time.

"Sivasankaran's bankruptcy will not thwart our determination to recover the substantial monies that he owes us," Batelco chief executive Alan Whelan said in a company statement.

Batelco and Millenium PE fund entered into an agreement to invest $225 million ($175 million by Batelco and the rest by the fund) in 2009. Millenium PE backed out of the deal. Batelco ended up with a 42.7% stake in S Tel.

Siva, sources said, is not a shareholder or a director in any of the businesses that his group manages. "He did not get a single rupee from Batelco from the stake sale, he is facing this tumult because of a personal guarantee, that too for an equity investment," sources said. Other telecom firms like Etisalat which invested in Swan Telecom, whose license was also cancelled, had to write off its investment while Batelco has been successful in getting court orders to recoup its investment.

"The bankruptcy will not affect any of Siva group's Indian operations as he is only a founder and not a shareholder or director in any of the companies," sources said.

Batelco had announced it was selling its stake in S Tel back to Siva, in exercise of its `put` option. In October 2011, both Batelco and Siva agreed on the buy-back, on the condition that Siva would transfer nearly 79 million Tata Tele shares that he owned to Batelco, valuing them at $174.50 million.

"Batelco accepted a settlement when Siva promised share. A 28-day delay in getting regulatory clearances for this transaction was used by Batelco to walk away from the deal as the valuation of Tata Tele had fallen by then," sources said.

Almost all of Siva's Indian businesses have run out of steam, his wind turbine business WinWind, a mountain spring water business and his shipping line Norway.