Republic of Seychelles

Republic of Seychelles

Political Economy Summary

Capital Victoria
Independence 29 June 1976
Head of State & Govt H.E. Danny Faure
Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Meriton
Minister of Finance Maurice Loustau-Lalanne
Central Bank Govenor Caroline Abel
Next National Elections Date 4Q2020
Government Website
Parliament Website


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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in the Seychelles: FY2019/20
Seychellois merchandise export earnings have been growing consistently since 2016. The slower export earnings have not been sufficient to deteriorate the Seychelles’ current account balance ...
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Trade and Regional Integration in Seychelles: FY2019/20
Seychellois exports have been growing slower than imports during the period from 2015 to 2018. This has not led to a significant deterioration in gross ...
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GDP Growth and Public Finance in Seychelles: FY2019/20
The Seychelles are renowned for their natural splendour and vibrant cultures. But the economy has started to slow down, as can be seen by the ...
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Impact of Political Uncertainty on Seychellois Growth
This September 2017 PESA Editorial focuses on political uncertainty and its impact on economic growth in Seychelles. The issue looks at: what is the current ...
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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in SADC
The July 2020 issue focuses on assessing the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and evaluates the readiness and gaps in the region's public capacity; and ...
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Youth Unemployment and Empowerment in SADC
The July 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of youth empowerment in SADC - What is the current state of youth unemployment and youth ...
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Public Debt and Government Finances in SADC
The April 2019 issue focuses on providing an overview of public debt in SADC and what needs to be done to retain debt sustainability in ...
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Political Conflict and Development in SADC
The January 2019 issue focuses on the history of conflict and political instability in SADC, and its impact on economic growth and development - What is ...
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Political Economy Review: 2018 Africa Development Dynamics Report
Interview analysing the African Union's 2018 Africa Development Dynamics report. The discussion evaluates the growth and development achievements of the East African countries compared to ...


Seychelles Geographic Location
Geographic Location

The Seychelles is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km east of Kenya. The nation is an archipelago of 155 tropical islands, some granite and some coral. The majority of the islands are small and uninhabited. The landmass is only 459 km2, but the islands are spread over an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1,374,000 km2. Most of the Seychellois population reside on three islands. Approximately 90% of the population of 90,000 live on Mahé, 9% on Praslin and La Digue.

Seychellois Cities
Seychellois Cities
Seychellois Coat Arms
Coat of Arms

The Seychellois coat of arms depicts a shield with a giant tortoise located on green grounds. On the ground there is a coco de mer palm tree. Behind it there is a blue sea with two islands and a sail ship. The shield is enthroned by a silver helmet with a white-tailed tropic bird located above blue and white waves. The shield is supported by two white sailfish. Beneath the shield the motto of Seychelles is stated: Finis Coronat Opus which means “The End Crowns the Work” in Latin.

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