India Deploys Submarine-Hunting Surveillance Aircraft to Seychelles

(The Diplomat; 22 March 2016) The Indian Navy has dispatched one of its most advanced maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare aircraft, the P-8I Neptune, to Seychelles for aerial surveillance of the island nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an Indian Ministry of Defense press statement reveals. Continue reading India Deploys Submarine-Hunting Surveillance Aircraft to Seychelles

The  Blue Economy, the SDGs and Innovation: We have to take the Path Less Travelled

The Blue Economy is being heralded as an innovative agenda for setting the pace towards a new Seychelles. As a new development concept, the Blue Economy needs to be unpacked. We need to know what’s under its hood, how it works and how to fuel it. More than that, we need to know what it is not – the Blue Economy cannot be new branding for “business as usual” and definitely, no one wants to see old wine in a new bottle. And, the entire concept and practice of the Blue Economy needs research and development – R&D – to drive innovation that is needed. (Shah, 2013). Continue reading The  Blue Economy, the SDGs and Innovation: We have to take the Path Less Travelled

Seychelles supports Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)

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Seychelles is one of the first countries to support the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), a process aimed at enhancing responsible and sustainable fisheries through transparency. Continue reading Seychelles supports Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)

Designated authority to be put into place soon

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Seychelles Nation, Tuesday, 9th February 2016: A designated authority is to be put into place soon as the technical committee of the Seychelles-Mauritius joint commission on the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) meets for the 12th time since 2002. Continue reading Designated authority to be put into place soon

Economic inequality in a high income country: Can the Blue Economy Mind the Gap?

Recent emotive statements by politicians vying for the post of President in both the United States and Seychelles made me realize that no matter how different the Presidential races may be between these two countries, there are indeed some important similarities. Continue reading Economic inequality in a high income country: Can the Blue Economy Mind the Gap?

Blue Economy and the Environment: “If we want the game to change then India is a game changer.”

Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles said these words at the end of President’s James Michel’s State Visit to India last week. Shah was part of the President’s delegation in the whirlwind tour to New Delhi and Mumbai as the country’s Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change. Continue reading Blue Economy and the Environment: “If we want the game to change then India is a game changer.”

How can Seychelles transform itself into a blue economy state?

The People 10 April 2015: The government is pushing forward on transforming Seychelles into a Blue Economy. To be honest, the concept is still unclear to many outside the Government. We asked civil society leader and environmental & sustainability expert Dr.Nirmal Jivan Shah for his opinion. Continue reading How can Seychelles transform itself into a blue economy state?