05.31.09

Prince of Saudi Arabia in tourism talks with Seychellois President

Posted in International relations, Offshore Banking, Seychelles banking, Seychelles government, Tourism industry at 10:24 pm by Robert Klien

On May 28, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia visited President James Michel at State House. The Prince and the President held talks in the presence of Nouvobanq managing director Ahmed Saeed and Minister for National Development Jacquelin Dugasse.

It should be noted that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was talking about investing in the tourism industry in Seychelles. He told the media that the jurisdiction to a great extent depends on tourism, and that he would be visiting shortly the Four Seasons. He also mentioned the Raffles hotel on Praslin to be inaugurated in the end of next year as it is important for economic and tourism development.

Prince Alwaleed told President Michel that he is looking forward to having more projects in tourism in the jurisdiction.

Saudi Arabian delegation arrived to Seychelles from Mauritius and went home after a few hours.

05.04.09

Three Somali Pirates arrested in Seychelles

Posted in International relations at 7:24 am by Robert Klien

Yesterday it was reported that a Seychelles coast guard boat arrested 3 suspected pirates. The suspects were grabbed in the Indian Ocean off the Seychelles.

According to a French defense ministry spokesman Christophe Prazuck, the 3 suspected pirates had previously been detained and interrogated by sailors on the French warship Nivose that in April delivered 11 suspected pirates to Kenya. Prazuck said that the pirates were on a 10-meter fishing boat loaded with 13 barrels of fuel, water and food. There were no weapons on the vessel. Larger vessels are often used by pirates as resupply ships.

Currently, Somali pirates are holding 17 ships and around 300 crew, including the Greek-owned cargo ship Ariana with a Ukrainian crew, hijacked on May 2.