Seychelles signs historic visa waiver agreement with China

Posted in International relations, Seychelles legislation at 2:43 pm by Robert Klien

Seychelles has become only the 2nd country in the world and the 1st in Africa to sign a visa waiver agreement with China after years of diplomatic talks.

This was revealed on May 6 when Chinese vice-minister for Foreign Affairs Xie Hangsheng paid a courtesy visit to State House yesterday, calling on President James Michel, Vice-President Danny Faure and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam.

President Michel expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for the signing of the agreement which he said is a “milestone in relations between Seychelles and China’ and will develop their people-to-people relations”.

“We value the special relationship that exists between China and Seychelles…China has helped us immensely in our development and is continuing to support us in various fields… We both believe in peace and in fairness and we support each other’s development…

“The mutual visa waiver agreement will further develop our relations and will become a showcase to the world, of how two countries with a common vision can achieve greater levels of confidence and cooperation,” said Mr Michel.


Seychelles Important Law being reviewed

Posted in Seychelles legislation at 2:41 pm by Robert Klien

The country’s most important law after the Constitution is being reviewed with a view to make it more relevant to Seychelles.

The chairperson of its review committee Judge Mathilda Twomey said when the president of the Court of Appeal Francis MacGregor launched the process to update it that Chapter 33 of the Laws of Seychelles, or the current Civil Code regulates everything.

The ceremony was attended by ministers, members of the National Assembly, judges, magistrates, lawyers and professors of law from abroad at the Seychelles Marketing Board’s conference room.

Mr MacGregor said the code touches every aspect of our lives, governing everything from the day we are born to when we die … “and after because it also governs succession issues”. He said it is the largest source of laws of Seychelles with 2,280 articles covering over 290 pages yet it was legislated for and approved in 1975 in parliament with just one sitting without a committee stage, in an assembly where most members were new and public information was mainly through radio broadcasts which were limited to just eight hours a day with little local content.