Host: Minister of Finance, Trade and Blue Economy
Start Date: 29 Jan 2016
End Date: 28 Jan 2018
Policy Area: Oceans and Natural Resources
Policy Expert: Julian Roberts
Project Manager: Pauline Campbell
The emerging concept of the Blue Economy has been embraced by the Government of Seychelles as a mechanism to realise sustainable economic development based around an ocean-based economy.
Seychelles intention is to implement the Blue Economy concept at the national level as a framework to foster an integrated approach for sustainable development programmes.
The critical gap however, is the mechanism for its implementation at the national level. Limited, if any, practical information is currently available to countries, notably small states, wishing to implement these concepts.
This is predominately so, as information that does exist focuses primarily on land-based economic development or has a strong focus on conservation rather than on the sustainable use of the investment in an ocean-based economy for national benefit.
This roadmap will necessarily require the definition of short, medium and long-term actions across a broad range of sectors and will also require fundamental changes to the traditional institutional arrangements that exist to support management of marine sectors and resources in Seychelles.
A coordinated, whole of Government approach will be a necessary condition for successful implementation of the Blue Economy.
Recent changes in Government have established a dedicated agency to oversee completion and implementation for the Blue Economy Roadmap.
However, while Seychelles has existing capacity for some key sectors of the Blue Economy (e.g. fisheries) it lacks the overarching policy and strategic expertise required to make this transition effectively.
As such, the Government of Seychelles is seeking the assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat with the provision of a long-term in-country technical expert to assist the Government complete this transition effectively.
In addition, up to two additional technical experts may be required on a short-term basis (6 months) to undertake specific technical activities that are expected to arise as the project progresses.
The project aims to assist the Government of Seychelles in developing and implementing a National Blue Economy Roadmap, the purpose being to establish the broad direction for future investment in and development of a sustainable ocean-based economy in Seychelles.
The purpose of the specific request for long-term (and shorter-term) technical adviser(s), is to assist the Government of Seychelles to review, validate and implement the Roadmap and more importantly, to support Seychelles in its transition to a more integrated ocean-based economy.
The Government’s ultimate goals in developing the national Blue Economy Roadmap include:
The successful and sustainable implementation of the Blue Economy Strategic Roadmap will ultimately deliver the following outcomes:
The main beneficiaries of the project will be the Ministry of Finance, Trade and The Blue Economy. In addition, a range of government agencies/ministries that have responsibility for the management of marine resources and sectors, including Marine resources, tourism, environment management, maritime transport, economic development and investment, maritime security and offshore petroleum will also benefit.
A broad range of relevant stakeholders and citizens will ultimately benefit from this intervention, including existing marine industry sectors, marine user groups and local communities.
This project’s intended outputs include: