Seychelles

Background

The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago of 155 islands situated in the Indian Ocean, southeast of mainland Eastern Africa. With a territory of 177 square miles and a population of 92,000, the Seychelles is the smallest African country. Seychelles gained independence from the British in 1976 and has now evolved into a presidential republic. Seychelles’ economy heavily depends on tourism and the fishing/tuna exportation, and boasts the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa. It has a high Human Development Index.

Country Profile

Head of State H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan
Capital City Victoria
Independence Day 29 June 1976
Official Languages Seychellois Creole, English, French
Currency Seychellois Rupee (SCR) ( 1 Rs = 100 cents)
Area/Size of country (km²) 455

GDP: USD 1.59 Billion

Time Zone: GMT+4
Natural resources fish (mostly tuna), cinnamon, copra
Government website link http://www.egov.sc

Ministry Responsible for COMESA Affairs

Honourable Sylvestre Radegonde
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
Maison Quéau de Quincy – Mont Fleuri
P O Box: 656
Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: [+248] 428 35 00
Fax: [+248] 422 48 45
Private Fax : [+248] 422 40 81
E-mail: sradegonde@mfa.gov.sc

Permanent Representative to COMESA

Amb Claude Sylvestre Anthony Morel
High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles,
Delmondo Office Park, Block C,
Positano, Ground Floor, 169 Garsfontein Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria,
Republic of South Africa
Tel: + 27 123 480 270 / +27 123 464 68
Email: sez@seychelleshc.co.za
Website: www.mfa.gov.sc

Focal Point

Mr. Andry Accouche
Second Secretary
Regional Affairs Division
Foreign Affairs Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
Maison Queau de Quinssy
P.O. Box 656, Victoria Mahé
Republic of Seychelles
Telephone: +248 428 35 85
E-mail: aaccouche@mfa.gov.sc