March 22, 2016
On March 22, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to provide grant aid of up to 1.46 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Artisanal Fisheries Facilities in Mahé Island (Phase 2).
This project will expand the fishing port area and construct fisheries facilities at Providence Port on the island of Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa.
The country’s national development plan, titled “Seychelles Strategy 2017,” calls for a doubling of the gross domestic product and emphasizes the tourism and fisheries industries as the two main pillars of the country. In recent years, there has been a rising trend in the volume of fisheries products from artisan fisheries in Seychelles, with the largest volume coming through the Port of Victoria and this increase has already outstripped the capacity of the port. As topographical features hinder expansion to the Port of Victoria, the expansion of existing fishing port facilities and the construction of new facilities at Providence Port are urgent issues for the country.
By expanding Providence Port and providing an ice plant, an ice storage warehouse and other fisheries facilities, this project will ensure that there is adequate mooring space for artisanal fisheries, and allow efficient fishing port operations and product quality, thereby contributing to the development of the fisheries industry in Seychelles, including seafood processing.