Seychelles: Prospects, Probity and Legacy – Governance under Transnational Pressures

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    Seychelles has a stable economy, which has a basis for solid growth. Its tourism sector is robust and competitive. The government is boosting Seychelles ’future as an offshore financial centre, although its domestic oversight is weak, and headwinds are developing. More concerning,argues this article, is the fishing sector where overfishing threatens the tuna stock. Future success in these three sectors will heavily depend on the direction and strengthening of governance, which will be condi-tioned by international competitive pressure. Perhaps Seychelles’biggest challenge is finding sufficient skilled personnel to build gov-ernance. Meanwhile, the country is battling transnational concerns,including money laundering, international tax evasion, profit shifting,transfer pricing and illegal fishing. Seychelles’governance, under staff shortage pressures, will be stretched to step-up quickly to any heigh-tening of these hazards. A Seychelles’strength is its political focus on economic strategy. It is a multi-party democracy with solid institutions.But politics risks greater volatility. Former ruler René remains an active godfather in politics. His interests are under pressure from an assertive opposition. How he reacts will determine future stability
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)307–326
    JournalThe Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
    Volume108
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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