Seychelles, in the Western Indian Ocean, has a population of 91,530 inhabitants over 115 islands and one of the highest living standards in Africa. It is classified as a high-income country.
Tourism and related sectors are the mainstay of economic activity along with tuna fishing and processing. However, the country remains confronted with a number of constraints typical of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including domestic vulnerability to external shock, as well as human resources constraints (mismatch between demand and supply).
The EU’s priorities in the Seychelles are:
To maintain engagement and develop our partnership with Seychelles further in a context of dwindling development funds.
Focus the partnership on issues of mutual interest such as fisheries, trade, foreign investment and private sector development.
Support the country in maritime security, climate change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In line with the Human Rights and Democracy Strategy 2016-2020, support democratic and human rights institutions.
Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) National Indicative Programme (NIP) covering the 2014-2020 period, €2.2 million has been allocated to Seychelles for 1 project of Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF) to respond to institutional capacity constraints.