On Thursday 12 May, a Breakfast Meeting was co-hosted at the Savoy Resort and Spa, Beau Vallon, by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Seychelles Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship, and Industry (MIEI). This event was attended by the Honourable Devika Vidot, Minister of Investment, Entrepreneurship, and Industry; Ms. Amanda Serumaga, UNDP Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles; Ambassadors and High-Commissioners; and more than 60 representatives of the public and private sector. This engagement was aimed at reflecting on mechanisms for empowering the private sector to mobilise capital and to effectively engage in the African Continental Area (AfCFTA).
2022 is the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture and, as World Tuna Day was celebrated on 2 May 2022, it is timely to salute the great value of the small-scale artisanal fishers who keep contributing to human societies’ diet through a long tradition of responsible fishing. The story of the Moolees, a family of registered fishers of the west coast of Mauritius, highlights the nobleness of artisanal fishing and provides insights on this sustainable fishing practice that the UNDP supports via the E€OFISH Programme.
An Integrated waste management Legislative Framework is being developed to provide strategic guidance towards sustainable management practices of solid and hazardous waste through a circular economy approach focusing on material recovery for sustainable waste management.
To manage the identified risks, an environmental and social management framework has been developed and is hereby being disclosed for public comments for a period of 120 days. Any comments and feedback may be sent to: registry.mu@undp.org
These two briefs provide a rapid assessment of the possible implications of the Russia-Ukraine war on the economies of Mauritius and Seychelles, respectively.
This edition of Gendered Voices provides insights into the experiences of five Seychellois women working in different spheres of technology. This newsletter highlights the opportunities, achievements, and resilience built by women in their respective fields, especially since the onset of COVID-19. The evidence-based information may provide substantial entry points for policymaking and help formulate inclusive targeted strategies and programmes to empower women in technology and ultimately meet their immediate and long-term needs.

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