The Introduction of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)
Since Seychelles is the country with the highest Gross National Income per capita among other African countries, Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance) has, until recently, been limited to projects such as Fishery Grant Aid Projects. Yet, the Government of Japan noticed the fact that some local communities within Seychelles do not fully enjoy the benefit of the economic growth of the country. In light of this understanding, in 2015, the Government of Japan introduced Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in Seychelles, a development scheme in which the economic and social development of local communities are prioritized. In this scheme, a grant assistance up to 10 million yen(USD8,000) would be provided mainly to international and local nongovernmental organizations(NGOs). You can find more information on GGP on the link below :
Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)
The Development of Providence Fishing Port
Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance) has mainly focused on Fishery Grant Aid Projects which aim to help the sustainable development of Seychelles whose economy greatly depends on the fishery and tourism industries which are susceptible to effects of the global economy. In 2008, Japan extended a Grant Aid for the Project for Construction of Artisanal Fisheries Facilities in Mahé Island (Providence Port, amounting to 10.89 billions Yen) and the opening ceremony was held in June 2010 in the presence of H. E. Mr. James Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, relevant Ministers and the Ambassador of Japan to Seychelles. Currently, the Government of Japan is planning to further expand the Providence Port to assist the development of fishing industry in the country.
Coastal Erosion and Flood Control Management
Seychelles is a small islands state with more than a hundred small and larger inner islands and is very vulnerable to the influence of climate change. Japan extended a Technical Cooperation for Development Planning for Study for Coastal Erosion and Flood Control Management from 2011 to 2014 and dispatched Japanese experts to strengthen local capacities and to manage and conduct follow-up pilot projects on coastal and flood management on the country’s three main islands.
The recent activities of Somali pirates are causing huge and serious impacts on the fishing and tourism industries of Seychelles. The Government of Japan supports the efforts of the Government of Seychelles in the fight against piracy by financing the projects conducted by the International Maritime Organization.
Japan’s Assistance to Seychelles
May 8, 2018