News & Analysis: Seychelles

Seychelles starts to welcome travellers from African countries

“After intensive preparations for a safer travel experience for visitors, Seychelles has been welcoming tourists back on its shores since June 1 through chartered and private flights and officially reopened to scheduled flights as of August 1.”

via Seychelles Nation

Building back better – Boosting research in Seychelles after the COVID-19 pandemic

“Nature Seychelles has received £60,000 for its ‘Building back Better in the Age of COVID-19’ campaign. The funds are to be used to boost high level science in Seychelles by contributing to the construction of a new research centre on Cousin Island Special Reserve.”

via Seychelles Nation

Two new COVID-19 cases detected in Seychelles

“The two individuals are United Kingdom nationals living in the United Arab Emirates. Both visitors are asymptomatic and are in isolation at their hotel. Up to this point, they have had few close contacts locally and have followed all public health guidance during their stay.”

via Daily Nation

Hospital continues to receive donations to fight COVID-19 (Seychelles)

“The Seychelles department of health accepted donations from various partners aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19. The donations came from the National Disaster Relief Fund and Cable and Wireless who partnered together to donate a PCR machine. Gran Kaz donated a ventilator and Ruth Rosette made a personal monetary contribution.”

via Seychelles Nation

Final preparations before commercial flights resume (Seychelles)

“With only three days to go before the re-opening of the Seychelles International Airport for the resumption of commercial flights, President Danny Faure was yesterday briefed by government officials and private sector representatives on the final preparations underway.”

via Seychelles Nation

Affected by the impacts of COVID-19: Seychelles National Parks Authority Shifts its Operations

“With its activities highly dependent on tourism which has been severely affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the personnel of the Seychelles National Parks Authority which obtained financial autonomy in January 2018, have had to shift their operations.”

via Seychelles Nation

World Bank Announces $15 Million to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 in Seychelles

“The World Bank approved on June 25 a $15 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in support of the Republic of Seychelles’ response to the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Development Policy Lending will help enhance the country’s response mechanisms in health, social protection and the private sector, and to support the country’s post-crisis recovery through strengthened financial systems and climate resilience.”

via World Bank

Central Bank of Seychelles loosens monetary policy rate by 1%

“Following thorough evaluation of external and local economic situations, which have taken a downturn due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Central Bank of Seychelles is further loosening the monetary policy rate by 1% for the third quarter of 2020.”

via Seychelles Nation

How are businesses faring with the new normal? (Seychelles)

“Several categories of businesses were as of Monday allowed to re-open their doors on condition that they meet certain requirements and guidelines established by the department of health, in line with the Public Health Act, with the aim of preventing new cases and to mitigate community transmission if a new case is detected, in the event that the country is faced with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via Seychelles Nation

A post-COVID-19 economic reality can kickstart Africa’s free trade area

“The African Continental Free Trade Area was launched two years ago at an African Union summit in Kigali. It was scheduled to be implemented from 1 July 2020. But this has been pushed out until 2021 because of the impact of COVID-19 and the need for leaders to focus on saving lives.”

via Quartz Africa