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“We have joined hands to face common challenges; to address regional and global issues; to overcome adversity and celebrate our success,” said the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee as he described the close link between India and Seychelles.

President Mukherjee made this statement at a banquet in honor of President James Michel in New Delhi on Wednesday 26th August.

He went on to illustrate instances of the close ties between the 2 countries, “The participation of an Indian navy contingent in your national day parade this year was not only an honour to India but also a manifestation of our shared sentiments.”

President James Michel was praised for his vision for Seychelles and his efforts to revitalize growth and development in the country. “The economic reforms undertaken by you; the expansion and diversification of your economy and your simultaneous on social welfare has sowed splendid results. Seychelles now stands among the countries recognized by the World Bank as high income group country.”

India welcomed Seychelles’ accession to the World Trade Organisation and congratulated the island state on being  ranked by the UNDP as the country with the third highest development index in Africa in the year 2014.


An agricultural germ-plasm bank is expected to be established soon as part of a public-private partnership.

The Minister for Agriculture, Wallace Cosgrow and Jean-Paul Geffroy, the owner of Geffroy’s farm recently signed an agreement and unveiled the plaque to set the balls in motion for the project.

The Department for Agriculture through the agricultural agency will provide technical support for the project. The Principal Laboratory technologist, Barry Nourrice said Seychelles will be honouring the International Treaty for Food and Agriculture by setting up the Germ-plasm bank. “Under this treaty, Seychelles has an obligation to deliver in terms of conservation of its local plant genetic resources and to use these genetic resources sustainably; not only to use it locally but also to exchange.”

Seychelles as a country and a member of SADC Plant Genetic Resource Centre has a mandate to exchange its plant genetic resources framework.

Mr. Geffroy has already put an initial 800 Thousand Rupees into the project which is adjacent to his farm at Petit Barbarons. He will also be responsible for providing the manpower and everyday running of the Germ-plasm bank for a period of 60 years. 


As a means of addressing the growing unemployment rate among the youth population, the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development has announced plans to review the existing youth employment training schemes.

A review of the schemes has been described by the Minister for Labour and Human Resource Development, Idith Alexander as necessary in order to develop programs reflecting the current labour market which would be subsequently encourage young people to seek jobs and remain in employment.

Minister Alexander was speaking during the opening ceremony of a conference on ‘Youth and Employment’ which is part of activities being held in line with the Youth Festival. “This conference is the right opportunity for the youth of Seychelles to discuss their aspirations, challenges and expectations towards employment in the country. It is also a time where we are reminded on the importance of work; adopting good attitude towards a career in order for them their ambition.”

The Youth Festival kicked off on Tuesday 25th August and will end on the 30th of August.

:: Learning Zone A focus on  primary and secondary level
education by  local teachers



The SBC produces a number of local programmes with a special focus on the Seychellois culture and way of life. Our Programming is based on a series and season basis. Most series run for thirteen weeks.

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Glee - Sunday
A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own.





The Wild - mardi

Un extraordinaire soap opéra Sud Africain alliant glamour, intrigues et passions dans l’extraordinaire beauté sauvage du Krufer park. Il a pour principal décor une vaste réserve abritant un luxueux hotel ; Le Dinaledi Lodge. C’est l'histoire de trois familles que tout oppose à priori : les Lebones, les Van Reenens et les Tladis. Ces différentes familles ont pourtant en commun un morceau de terre. En raison de nombreux conflits antérieurs, les familles ont du mal à instaurer cohésion et confiances entre elles, mais elles restent liées par: le « DINALEDI LODGE ».


The two Sides of Anna - Thursday and Sunday.

A story of a girl named Ana, who is a sweet and kind-hearted person who was forced to change because of anger and hatred. Ana, who wants to take vengeance for her family’s death, plans to make the father and sons who killed her mother and brother fall in love with her. She ultimately sows discord among the three, but unaware that the love of her life, Gustavo, is a part of the family she’s determined to destroy.




Local authorities and stakeholders have refined efforts to better safeguard the Seychelles Intangible Cultural Heritage.

This was through a 3-day workshop on adopting methods for capacity building strategy in line with the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage. The workshop was held at the National Cultural Center’s Conference room from the 17th to 19th August following a request for assistance to the UNESCO.

Rahul Goswami, a UNESCO expert said the participants of the workshop are now expected to localize the materials from the training. “We will be very keen to have summaries and substantial points written down in Creole for example so that they can quickly be disseminated in the districts cultural centers and essentially to do this work locally in the districts.”

Intangible Cultural Heritage covers traditions and knowledge passed on from ancestors to descendants including oral, performing arts, social practices, rituals, traditional medicine and even skills.


The World Health Organisation has maintained its support to the Ministry of Health through a recent donation.

The Ministry of Health received protective equipment against communicable diseases and equipment for screening pupils for hearing defects.

Dr. Cornelia Astyor, the World Health Organisation Liaison Officer presented the 2 sets of equipment to the Health Care Agency recently. “We have seen the devastation that had happened when health workers in their course of duty to protect and to save lives have succumbed to the diseases that their patients had. So these kits are mainly made up of infection prevention, protection material that we call the personal protective equipment for health workers and the kits are mainly provided to supply 10 bedded hospital or cases,” said Dr. Astyor during the handing-over ceremony.

The World Health Organisation has affirmed its commitment to send more equipment to help Seychelles prevent the spread of epidemics.



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