VICTORIA, 23 February 2021 – The Seychellois national carrier, Air Seychelles, will not make payments this year as part of its partnership with Etihad Airways, State House said Tuesday.
Further negotiations between the two airlines will be held to discuss the mode of payment for the debt accumulated and for the return of the Ethihad shares in order to reinstate the national carrier as fully Seychellois-owned, the country’s State House said Monday.
The statement follows a visit over the weekend to the United Arba Emirartes (UAE) by Seychellois President Wavel Ramkalawan.
The Seychellois leader was accompanied by the country’s minister of foreign affairs and tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde.
During the visit, Ramkalawan also sought budget support from the UAE Government either as a grant or a soft loan.
The UAE government did not provide a response to the request.
Seychelles will receive another 25,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine through a private donor in the UAE.
Administration of the additional vaccines will bring Seychelles very close to the target of vaccinating 70,000 of its nearly 100,000 inhabitants.
This should allow the country to become Africa’s first nation to attain herd immunity and be able to resume tourism activities by mid-March 2021, Seychelles News Afgency reported Tuesday.
Seychelles will also benefit from trained anti-narcotics sniffer dogs as part of the country’s efforts to further combat drug trafficking and the assistance will include specialist training for Seychellois law enforcement personnel.