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After adopting a bold and proactive foreign policy by reaching out to the world and working on placing emphasis on constructive engagement with different countries and international institutions when he came into office last year, President Danny Faure has in 2017 concentrated on developing policies that will impact on people’s lives.

The following are highlights of the numerous actions and efforts being implemented in Seychelles by President Faure since he took office in October 2016. Those are geared towards creating an atmosphere for greater social cohesion, inclusiveness and national unity through a process of genuine reconciliation. Such efforts and actions are in the spirit of cultivating a stable and functioning State that fits Seychelles’ political diversity in its new era of cohabitation, with the aim of bringing lasting peace and stability in the country.

Education and family values

While on a state visit to Kenya, President Faure discussed the possibility of Kenya exporting more human capital, especially teachers to Seychelles.
A first group of Mauritian teachers is to arrive in the country in January next year to start work. Mauritius has also agreed to increase by five the number of sponsored scholarships to Seychelles.
In his first State-of-the-Nation Address, President Faure put emphasis on bringing back family values, dealing with social ills and addressing housing problems.
He announced the creation of a new Ministry of Family Affairs which came into function on March 15, 2017, noting that to understand the state of our nation it is important to understand the state of our families, our communities, our society and our democracy.
“We need to return to good moral and spiritual values early so that our children have a much stronger foundation. Our young parents out there need all our support to instill these good values in our children,” he said.
Educational institutions should join in and open up to create the space for learning and appreciating spirituality and morality.



On the medical side, President Faure stated his desire to expand cooperation with Sri Lanka in this sector since a significant number of Seychellois seek medical assistance in Sri Lankan hospitals including Hemas and Lanka.
When he addressed the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of States and Governments in Pretoria, South Africa, President Faure highlighted that Seychelles has seen an increase in HIV infections due to the rise in intravenous drug users. Consequently, he proposed the urgent need to therefore jointly address the drug problem as a region. The secretariat welcomed his proposal and decided to put in place the necessary mechanism via a task force to elaborate on this issue and contribute to a strategic roadmap, which should be submitted for consideration at the next Council meeting in March 2018.
Seychelles will also be recruiting Mauritian doctors next year.
While on a state visit in Cuba, President Faure undertook a series of visits to two key health establishments  ̶  the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Centre and the Institute of Tropical Medicine ‘Petro Kouri’ (IPK)  ̶  opening up new avenues for health cooperation opportunities for Seychelles.
Since the Institute of Tropical Medicine ‘Petro Kouri’ (IPK) specialises in the prevention of the spreading of tropical communicable diseases and facilitates the development of biomedical research and training throughout Cuba, President Faure discussed the possibility of obtaining IPK’s support in the sharing of effective researched health practices that can improve Seychelles’ public health system.


Opportunities for all

A cross-sectorial approach to tendering for cleaning of public places was approved by Cabinet. This new approach would ensure that opportunities are given to many more small cleaning contractors to be awarded contracts. Structures have been put in place to train small businesses/contractors to better manage their businesses. This decision is in line with the principle of a fairer distribution of wealth and the empowerment of the small business sector.





Seychelles seeks to enhance cooperation with Sri Lanka in the fields of judiciary and legal affairs. As a result, a new policy framework will be put in place to enhance legal cooperation.


 Cost of living

As part of the government’s ongoing efforts to lower the cost of living, several goods were added to the Value Added Tax (Vat) exemption list. The items exempted from Vat since April 15, 2017 include liquid milk, tea and coffee, cereals, cheese, soup, sauces, healthy cooking oils, washing powder, and household detergent.
A special pension for certain categories of public employees, in particular members of the nursing, medical and dental professions, the defence forces, the police force, teachers, prison officers, fire and rescue service officers, and enforcement officers of the ex-NDEA were approved by Cabinet and later the National Assembly.
The progressive income tax system will come into operation in July 2018. People earning less than …..R8555.50 will not pay taxes. Those earning between …..R8555.50 and ……R10,000 will pay 10% tax. People with salaries between …..R10,000 and ….. R40,000 will have to pay 20% in tax and those with salaries over ………R80,000 will pay 30%.
As from January 1, 2018 there should be exemption from tax on payments of compensation due upon termination of employment, as well as on payments of gratuity, bonuses and the 13th month salary.
As a result of these reforms in the taxation system, most Seychellois will have more money in their purse to bring home.



During President Faure’s first working visit to Dubai in March he held discussions with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and those centered on trade and commerce between the two countries.
He sought the support of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum in the facilitation of talks with the key operators of shipping lines serving the Indian Ocean. The main objective would be to review high insurance premium charges which is a significant factor in the cost of sea freight. Any lowering of costs in sea freight would generate a reduction in the costs of imports, and consequently a lowering of the cost of living in Seychelles and in the region as well.
President Faure also expressed gratitude for the formidable airline connectivity which has played an important role in the improved tourism arrival numbers and the consequential benefit that has had for the economic and social development of the country. 




During a meeting with the President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Gedleyihkisa Zuma and David Mbangiseni Mahlobo, Minister of State Security, on the sidelines of the 37th SADC Summit, President Faure and his South African counterpart agreed to work on a framework of cooperation in the areas of police and regional security.
Key activities to be developed between the two police forces and respective authorities in charge of national security would include capacity building exercises such as assessment and training, exchange of expertise and crime combating, among others.




President Faure reached a deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta that Kenya and Seychelles will put a framework for a two-centre tourism destination where the two countries will work jointly to promote their tourism products.
Since Kenya and Seychelles each have tourism products they are famous for, it will make economic sense if they partner to promote each other. Kenya is known for its safari tourism while Seychelles is known for its beach destinations.
Kenya Airways will also increase its flights to Seychelles.


 Fight against drugs

In a meeting with his Sri Lanka counterpart Maithripala Sirisena, President Faure sought the cooperation of Sri Lanka in the fight against the transnational drug problems which is affecting both countries and severely impacting on the economic and social development of our countries and the region.
Threat of piracy resulted in the Indian Ocean becoming a high-risk zone.
Speaking at the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of States and Governments in Pretoria, South Africa, President Faure said there was an imperative necessity for the region to adopt a concerted and robust strategy to address the multifaceted components of the scourge of drugs in view of the harsh consequences being felt by the population of member states, particularly the youth.




Following successful bilateral talks in the United Arab Emirates in early June, President Faure announced on his return that the UAE, which has been a longstanding partner of Seychelles, has demonstrated its willingness to further support Seychelles in its socioeconomic development for the benefit of the Seychellois people.
As a result of this meeting, the UAE will finance 400 additional units in the housing sector, a new drug rehabilitation centre, and has pledged financial support towards one of the country’s upcoming national projects – the Grand Anse Mahé dam.



Agriculture and fisheries

In the agricultural sector, Seychelles will be learning from the knowhow of Sri Lanka as well as strive for increased trade and commerce in the context of the south-south cooperation.
Seychelles is to import agricultural products from Kenya and President Faure said “it makes more economic sense for Seychelles to import beef and poultry from Kenya instead of countries like Brazil”.
Mauritius will export agricultural products to Seychelles as from next year.
The Seychelles Trading Company will work closely with the Mauritius Trading Company with the objective of procuring essential commodities through bulk purchasing in order to reduce cost and this will benefit our people.