Seychelles

EITI Status Meaningful progress
Joined EITI in 2014
Latest Data From 2016
Latest Validation 2018
Website EITI Seychelles
Last updated 10 June 2020

Overview

The country does not currently commercially produce oil, gas or minerals, although international companies are exploring for petroleum offshore. A commercially viable discovery could have a significant impact on a country with a population of around 90,000 and an economy dominated by tourism and fisheries. EITI reporting can provide insights to management of the nascent oil sector in the Seychelles including information on environmental risks associated to offshore oil exploration and production. The latest Seychelles summary data covers the year 2018.

Beneficial ownership disclosure

Objectives of beneficial ownership transparency in Seychelles

  • Promoting good governance

Progress on implementing beneficial ownership disclosure

Seychelles adopted a Beneficial Ownership Act in March 2020, which includes a definition of beneficial owner The law enters into force as of January 2021. Extractive companies are the only sector where beneficial ownership disclosures will be made publicly available.

 

Seychelles is fully committed to ensuring the highest degree of transparency in the management of any potential oil discovery.
HE Pierre Laporte, former Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment

Production

Mineral production for the period 2015/16 only covered quarried stones minerals,with the total for 2015 being 401,096 tons and total for 2016 being 416,091tons.The oil and gas sector is still at the exploration stage and there is no oil production during the reconciliation period.

Natural resources

Seychelles comprises 115 islands spread over 1.4 million sq. km in the western Indian Ocean, covering only 455 sq. km in land area. In 2012, the US Geological Service conducted an assessment of oil and gas resources along the coast of East Africa between Tanzania, Mozambique and Seychelles, yielding encouraging results. In 2013 Seychelles and Mauritius established a Joint Management Zone.

CommodityReservesUnitSignificance
OilN/AProspecting offshore is ongoing.
GasN/A

Revenue collection

The latest EITI disclosures show that Seychelles received total revenues received from the extractive sector amounted to SCR 24,590,036.34 and SCR 11,534,242.55 in FY 2015 and FY2016 respectively.Two companies accounted for three quarters of these revenues. The Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) is the main body responsible for collecting taxes paid to central government, while the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy (MFTBE) manages various application and rental fees levied by PetroSeychelles.

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Revenue allocation

All revenues flow through the central budget before allocation to government agencies and ministries. There is no fiscal devolution in Seychelles.

Social and economic contribution

The extractive sector in Seychelles is still nascent, and the social and economic contribution to the sector is minor (less than 1% of GDP, exports and employment).

Innovations

The EITI encourages multi-stakeholder groups to explore innovative approaches to make the EITI more relevant and useful.

  • The 2013 and 2014 EITI Reports provide the first comprehensive description of the nascent oil and gas sector in Seychelles.  

  • On the basis of preliminary geological data, the Seychelles Government has revised its petroleum legislation, including the fiscal regime, and Model Petroleum Agreement.

  • PetroSeychelles, the national oil company, has implemented an “Open Filing” procedure for accepting applications for petroleum concessions.

Implementation

Seychelles applied for proportionate EITI implementation in line with the limites size of the country's extractive industry. The Board approved the request on 16 October 2019 (Decision 2019-66/BM-45).  Seychelles EITI focuses on the petroleum sector and is also considering including relevant aspects to EITI reporting such as assessing the environmental impacts of the sector and contracts disclosure.

Governance

Seychelles has been an EITI Candidate since August 2014. The government issued a press release on 19 June 2013 announcing its intention to apply for EITI Candidature and reiterated this commitment in the 2014 Budget speech on 10 December 2013. The multi-stakeholder group, chaired by HE Patrick Payet, Principal Secretary for Finance, adopted its ToR on 15 May 2014 with 2.5 year term limits renewable two years.

Timeline

Validation

Seychelles' Validation against the Standard commenced on 1 January 2018. The country was found to have made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard on 1 October 2018. The second Validation commenced on 1 April 2020.

Seychelles progress by requirement

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