IMO supporting Anti-Piracy Efforts near Seychelles and the region

Posted in International Organisations at 1:19 pm by Robert Klien

Maritime law-enforcement officers from countries bordering the western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden were trained recently to deal with organized transnational crimes at sea.

Piracy, robbery, drug trafficking, marine terrorism, weapons’ smuggling, and human trafficking were covered during the 2-week course at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Centre (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, which ran from November 16-27. The event was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The practical and theoretical course was intended to help develop skills in: countering maritime crimes; operational planning; investigating crimes at sea; interviewing suspects; and collecting, handling, and preserving evidence at sea. Further practical training is to run between January-February 2016.

Participants include maritime law-enforcement officers and prosecutors from Seychelles. Also, there are officers from Comoros, Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and the United Republic of Tanzania.


OECD re-rates Seychelles as “largely compliant”

Posted in International Organisations, Seychelles offshore jurisdiction at 2:39 pm by Robert Klien

Sixteen peer review reports were released at the recent plenary meeting of the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes on October 29-30, 2015. The release of the reports follows reviews of those territories’ legislation for the exchange of tax information and their frameworks for the exchange of tax information in practice.

Along with Cyprus and Luxembourg, the Seychelles had previously been rated “non-compliant.” Following significant changes to its legal frameworks or practices, the jurisdiction has been assigned a new rating of “largely compliant.”