The Editorial this week highlights:- a. 29th June Independence Day of Seychelles and our National Day. b. Air Seychelles confirms the appointment of Charles Johnstone. c. Coco de Mer will be exported – Any direct benefit for the Praslinois?. d. COPOLIA NATURE TRAIL. e. Appointed to the 13 Member Advisory Board . f. Schools compete in Seychelles National Athletics Championship. g. Sailing in Seychelles a pastime worth encouraging. h. Turkish Airline now lands in Comoros via the Seychelles – Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) of AU? . i.Seychelles gets its Assumption Island back. Stand alone articles this week starts with:- 1. “Presidential villa” earning international acclaim is Domaine de L’Orangeraie of La Digue in Seychelles. 2. Reunion Island’s “Club Export” positioning their island as the bridge between Africa & Asia with Europe . 3. Seychelles: beaches under threat as posted 19 June 2018 on European Union (EU) website. 4. ICS Seychelles publishes picture of Manta Rays in St. Francois lagoon. 5. Seychelles to soon start exporting the coco de mer kernel as a value added product. 6. Miss Creole Des Iles International October 2018. 7. 8 top beaches for 2018 according to our readers @ KIWI.COM (Beach in Mahe in Seychelles and also surprisingly the Seychelles Beach in Greece makes the list). 8. Coral Reef Restoration The Reef Rescuers Project in Seychelles. 9. Senior Appointments at Air Seychelles. 10. Turkish Airlines gets into courier delivery business with two giant Chinese partners. 11. Seychellois father and daughter trek to Mount Everest base camp. 12. Mauritius to sell citizenship and passports to foreign investors. 13. Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be Fully Operational By 2019. 14. Mauritian ballad for Anoushka Shankar. 15. Indian designer duo come back to the islands to shoot new Seychelles inspired collection. 16. Ghana organizes maiden Africa Regional Congress on ‘Women in Tourism in 2019’. 17. International Newswires continue to republish our Report.
29th June is Independence Day of Seychelles and our National Day
29th June – The Birth of a Nation
President James Mancham and Prime Minister Albert Rene
in a coalition Government
Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth on June 29, 1976. The newly knighted Sir James Mancham became the country’s first President, with Albert René as Prime Minister. The independence negotiations with Great Britain also restored the islands of Aldabra, Farquhar and Desroches, which had been transferred from Seychelles in November 1965 to form part of the new British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), to Seychelles upon independence.
On behalf of the Saint Ange Tourism Report we take this opportunity to wish every Seychellois a Happy Independence Day.
Seychelles Independence Monument
Grand Anse, Praslin
Air Seychelles confirms the appointment of Charles Johnstone
In our Saint Ange Tourism Report edition #21 of the 28th May, we announced the appointment of US Citizen Charles Johnson as the new Chief Commercial Officer for Air Seychelles. Extract of the article:- “Finally, it has now transpired that following the series of redundancies implemented by the Seychelles National Airline, the post of Chief Commercial Officer, previously occupied by Seychellois, will now be filled effective 1st June by a US Citizen, Charles Johnson from the budget airline, Hong Kong Express. This is reported in aviation tips and yet in Seychelles the news is yet to be made public”.
Today it is official and Air Seychelles has confirmed the appointment. Staff at Air Seychelles and some from the local printed newspapers had been in touch with us ever since the article appeared on the 28th May to see if the appointment of Charles Johnson was true.
Coco de Mer will be exported – Any direct benefit for the Praslinois?
2014 – People lining up to buy Ice Cream, mousse, flan, parfait and bread prepared using the kernel of the coco de mer during the weekend fiesta (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY
Seychelles will start re-exporting the coco de mer kernel after confirming that the licensed exporters will ‘develop value added ideas’ to the unique Seychelles product. In September 2014 many questioned the idea of making Praslin and the Praslinois benefit from their own national treasure. Do we need to only export the kernel or should we maximise the usage of what is agreed to be exported? After the 2014 Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta, many agreed that Seychelles needed to firstly, plant more of its unique national treasure, and secondly, the kernel of the nut destined for export should be processed here in Seychelles and preferably on Praslin Island itself. The Seychelles News Agency carried a Headline to one of its articles as:- “A taste of the forbidden fruit – Seychelles coco de mer at the centre of Praslin’s first culinary and arts fiesta” .
Everyone wants to protect the unique Coco de Mer of Seychelles and the protection cannot be through exportation. It was suggested in 2014 that a Cooporative to process the coco de mer kernel needed to be set up on Praslin with the accredited exporters and Praslin residents.
The Cooporative should be the only institution licensed to trade in this protected nut and it could develop products that could benefit the tourism industry of Praslin and even export where possible with the numbered official label ‘Seychelles Coco de Mer’. Ice cream could be a product that would be sought after as well as other products such as biscuits, bread etc.
This would provide employment to Praslinois and develop a trade that will keep Praslin visible. The coco de mer powder, flakes and oil that can today be purchased online could also be done in that same Cooporative on Praslin.
The quota of these endangered nuts allocated for export should instead be transferred to the Praslin coco de mer Cooporative. This unique nut is for Seychelles and our islands should be the only ones exploiting it for the benefit of the Seychellois and Seychelles.
COPOLIA NATURE TRAIL
The Tourism Board of Seychelles and the Ministry responsible for Tourism recently published a walks and trail brochure encouraging visitors to Seychelles to discover more of the islands. But are we ready for such a drive that will see more visitors on our trails and walks?
The Copolia Trail has become more popular in recent years and many letters received complement this great unique selling point of Seychelles, but the letters also speak of the need to develop these attractions to suit what Seychelles says it is… an upmarket tourism destination with a yield from tourism that continues to make this industry the pillar of its economy.
One of the many proposals being aired, is the need for a small welcome centre, where the security officers on duty have a cover over their heads when it rains, and a toilet facility instead of seeing visitors caught reluctantly having to hide behind trees for a needed relief. The welcome centre shed could also have a framed poster of the walk and the various attractions that can be found along the way.
The start of this Copolia Trail also has a spectacular viewing point, which can house adequate parking as well as photo opportunities.
These are but small concerns for a great outing that enhances a Seychelles holiday. The same can be said for the La Misere Road viewing spot and other such points of exceptional beauty where tourists and Seychellois gather to admire the natural beauty of Seychelles.
Appointed to the 13 Member Advisory Board
A thirteen member Advisory Board has been appointed for the non-profit organisation “Helping Needy Welfare Society of India” and I was honoured this month to have been named a member of that Board and appreciate the confidence being placed in me.
Working beyond one’s own border shows the respect and recognition by the world for one’s ability and seriousness.
In August 2014 as the then Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, I was decorated with the Mahatma Gandhi Samma Award at a ceremony at the Le Meriden at Connaught place in New Delhi by Dr Bhishma Narain Singh, a former cabinet Minister of the government of India and Governor of Assam, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu who said as he presented the Mahatma Gandhi Award, that Indo-Seychelles relations have been characterised by close friendship, understanding and cooperation.
Receiving the Mahatma Gandhi Samman Award in Delhi
At the Mahatma Gandhi Samman Award ceremony in the presence of Dr Shakeel-Uz-Zaman Ansari from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of the government of India and Dalbir Sing, the national secretary of the All India Congress Committee, Dr Narain Singh and Mr Gurinder Singh I was thanked for being behind the organising of the first edition of the Seychelles-India Day 2013 that was celebrated in Victoria, Seychelles between October 4 and 6, 2013 that was attended by Top Bollywood stars, play back singers, leading choreographer, culinary expert and musicians from India who showcased their talents together with Seychellois artists in the celebration.
Present also at this ceremony were the then Seychelles’ high commissioner to India Waven William, the Seychelles Tourism Board’s chief executive Sherin Naiken, the principal secretary for culture Benjamine Rose, and Thanglura Darlong, the joint secretary for parliament and coordination at the Ministry of External Affairs of India who is also the former Indian high commissioner accredited to Seychelles when the islands hosted its first Seychelles-India Day.
Schools compete in Seychelles National Athletics Championship
Schools in the Seychelles gather every year for the National Athletics Championship
Every year in June Seychelles now marks Constitutional Day with its National Athletics Championship for all the schools of the islands. This event has become one of the biggest local sporting events and schools and their students dedicate a lot of time and effort to prepare for the big day. 2018 saw another great edition of this Sports Day that was again aired live on television and radio throughout the day, for the islands as a whole to follow the successes of its youth on the field and on the tracks.
The management of all the participating schools, coaches and the Ministry of Education need to be congratulated for standing behind the students and pushing them to excel.
To all the students from all the schools who participated, you are all winners because you were part of this great sports day. To the individual winners of medals and cups, we say a special congratulations and the words ‘We are so proud of all of you’.
Hayden Mills of La Digue with his collection of medals
(Gold in long jump under 10, Gold in 80 meters under 10
and Gold in relay under 10)
Sailing in Seychelles a pastime worth encouraging