Germany and the Seychelles
The bilateral relationships celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2017 and are harmonic and friendly. About 40.000 German tourists yearly visit the beautiful beaches of the island state and are therefore one of the most important contributors to the economy. The foreign policy of the Seychelles is determined by the geographical position between Africa and South Asia, the necessity of a sustainable use of resources and a high dependency on imports. Since the GDP is comparably high to other sub-Saharan countries, there is no bilateral financial and technical cooperation. The Seychelles clearly confess to environmental and climate protection. The Republic stands up for climate change, sustainable development and environmental protection in regional as well as in international organizations, to conserve maritime natural treasures and protect the over 120 types of island vegetation.
In the context of the international climate initiative the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), supports the Seychelles in a regional project. More backround information about this can be found here: International Climate Initiative
Through a yearly scholarship the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), offers one person – student up to a university lecturer- a stay on the Seychelles. At the same time, people holding a scholarship from the Seychelles have the opportunity to study, teach or research in Germany. More information can be found here:
By their cultural politics and especially by the care of the Creole, the Seychelles try to emphasize their national independency. The Creole was declared one of the three official languages in 1981 and is since then a mandatory teaching language at school. English and French are the other official languages.
The state medias (radio, TV) belong to the Ministry of Education and Information. The daily newspaper “Seychelles Nation” is controlled by the government. In the course of the democratic opening process the opinion climate has become more tolerant. For example, independent weekly newspaper could be established which are close to the parties of the Opposition.
There is no double taxation agreement between the Seychelles and Germany.