Africa records at least 229 COVID cases in 23 nations

Africa records at least 229 COVID cases in 23 nations

There are now at least 229 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Rwanda and Seychelles among them. The Department of Health on Seychelles said two of its citizens returned to the Indian Ocean…

Seychelles named to EU’s tax-haven ‘blacklist’

Seychelles named to EU’s tax-haven ‘blacklist’

The European Union has placed the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles on its “taxation blacklist,” which it says is meant to encourage good governance and help countries reform their tax-haven policies. The EU list of “non-cooperative jurisdictions” now includes 12 nations listed because of concern that their policy environments…

UN court says UK must end governance in Chagos islands

The International Court of Justice, the principal court of the United Nations, announced Monday a decision that calls on the UK to end its control over the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth welcomed the decision as a “triumph for justice” and said he…

Seychelles initiative to address alarming heroin use rates

Officials in Seychelles are ramping up efforts to combat the island nation’s notorious heroin problem, which now effects more than 5 percent of the population age 15 or older. That’s according to survey results released earlier this month by the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation, which…

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness

Africa’s island nations in the Indian Ocean are increasingly vulnerable to natural disaster and need to urgently make a priority of their community resilience and preparedness, says the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “The devastating humanitarian and economic impact of natural disasters…

Seychelles makes history with first female Designated Minister

The Republic of Seychelles has welcomed the first woman to ever hold the Designated Minister post in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. Macsuzy Mondon, a former teacher and a champion on education and gender equality issues, was sworn into office Friday during a ceremony at the statehouse in Victoria. Mondon,…