Canada - Seychelles Relations
Canada established diplomatic relations with Seychelles in 1976 following the latter’s independence. In Seychelles, Canada is represented by a High Commission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Canada, Seychelles is represented by its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, United States. Seychelles also maintains honorary consuls in Montreal and Toronto.
Both diverse and bilingual countries, Canada and Seychelles are members of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie, and often share similar views on important multilateral issues such as renewable energy and climate change, governance, and gender equality.
Seychelles has taken on a leadership role in addressing the threat of piracy. Canada has aided this effort through its contribution to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to support piracy prosecution and incarceration in East Africa, predominantly in Seychelles and Kenya.
Seychelles may benefit from Canadian support to key multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Union, and others. Local organizations can apply for support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Students from Seychelles are eligible for the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program. Seychelles nationals are also eligible for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program and the African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program.
In 2016, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Seychelles reached $2.8 million, consisting of $1.68 million in exports from Canada and $1.12 million in imports from Seychelles.
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