News Archive

MEETING WITH SRC

The SLA Board met with representatives from SRC on Thursday 23rd May to discuss several issues but most importantly the Revenue Collection.  It was noted that there are few cases of dishonoured cheques collected at SLA but on a minimum basis, however a system has been put in place to alert the Authority and deter them from effecting another transaction before settling the previous one.

The SLA Board met with FTC on Thursday 16th May to brief on a case and justify why the Board should take action with the license holder.

For information, the CEO of FTC explained on the influx of Construction issues over the past 4 years. Yet FTC has had around 90% success rate.

FTC has for the past years partnered with SLA and Planning Authority (PA) in a meeting known as tripartite to deal with all recurrent offenders.

The Seychelles Licensing Board of Directors met on Thursday 14th March for the second time this year.

Among points discussed was the revision of licenses conditions, Pronunciation by the President in his State of the Nation Address on Alcohol abuse, review on the Licenses Act and regulations and strengthening of working relationship between ESA and SLA.

The Chairperson also appointed Ms. Noritha Legaie as the New Secretary to the Board following the promotion of Ms. Appoo as the CEO of ESA.

Ms. Angelic Appoo has been serving as the Deputy CEO of the Seychelles Licensing Authority since November 2016. She holds a Master Degree in Economic & Social Studies from University of Manchester, and has experience in Accounting, Administration and Management.

Ms. Angelic Appoo was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Enterprise Seychelles Agency (ESA), which was created in August 2018 to replace the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (SENPA).

Her appointment took effect as of 1st March, 2019.

We applaud the determination and effort she has demonstrated during her tenure with us and look forward to seeing all of the great things we know she will accomplish in the upcoming years at ESA

Our sincere “thank you” to her for going above and beyond.

REVIEW OF LICENCE CONDITIONS IN PROGRESS

The Seychelles Licensing Authority is meeting with relevant stakeholders to discuss the revision of  licence conditions urgently, especially to help tackle the issue of noise pollution. The licence conditions under urgent review is for the following categories:

  • Restaurant
  • Public Bar
  • Hotel
  • Self-Catering establishment
  • Discotheque
  • Outdoor entertainment.

Stakeholders involved in the discussions are the Tourism, Police and Environment Departments. The new proposed licence conditions are expected to be finalized soon and presented to the Cabinet of Ministers.

SLA AND LA DIGUE DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES ESTABLISHES CLOSER WORKING RELATIONSHIP

 

 

 

 

 

A delegation from SLA comprising of its CEO, Deputy CEO, Principal Licensing Inspector and the Principal Licensing Officer for Praslin/La Digue met with the MNA, DA and Regional Council Chairperson for La Digue in a meeting on Wednesday 6th February, 2019 at La Passe District Administration Office. The purpose of the meeting was for the two authorities to share very important information, to learn about the pertinent issues affecting the beautiful island of La Digue and to establish closer working relationship. The CEO of SLA apprised the representatives from La Digue on the work that SLA is doing along with other stakeholders to tackle noise pollution, illegal tourism establishments, alcohol abuse and the alarming unlicensed bicycle rentals on the island. The challenges were also pointed out and the MNA took note of further action whereby the District authorities can assist SLA in its endeavor. The District representatives requested that SLA keep them informed of new licences that are issued on La Digue and additionally elaborated on arising matters such as beach beds, electric bicycles, beach vendors building illegal huts and the  problem of non-compliance to licence conditions. The meeting was described as very fruitful from both entities and it was agreed that such meetings should continue at least every three months.

SIB ENLIGHTENS A GROUP OF SLA STAFFS ON ITS ROLES AND PROCEDURES

On Tuesday 5th February, 2019 a group of representatives form the Seychelles Investment Board (SIB) delivered a presentation with a group of staffs from the Seychelles Licensing Authority highlighting the functions of SIB and its structure. The presentation further elaborated on the procedures undertaken by SIB to assess applications by foreigners who are planning to set up a business in Seychelles. The meeting was an opportunity for SIB and SLA to establish better collaboration and coordination which will help with the ease of doing business in the country.

THE CEO OF SLA CONDUCTS AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PEOPLE NEWSPAPER

Mr. Andre Pool, the CEO of SLA conducted an interview with the People newspaper to elaborate on the work that the Seychelles Licensing Authority is doing and its priorities for this year. The discussion concentrated on the most anticipated task to review the Licences Act and Licences Regulations. “By September this year, proposals for the new Act ought to be going before the National Assembly for approval, as well as to the Office of the Attorney General,” he stated. In line with that, SLA has already started a revision of certain licence conditions as well and consultations with the relevant stakeholders is expected to start soon.

Additionally, SLA is participating in consultative meetings along with other stakeholders to come up with proposals to tackle alcohol abuse in the country. Such initiative was launched by the President of the Republic. The CEO further highlighted that SLA is collaborating with the Police and Environment Departments to tackle other pertinent issues and one of them being noise pollution.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SLA CONVENES ITS FIRST MEETING FOR 2019

The Seychelles Licensing Authority Board of Directors convened its first meeting for the year on Thursday 24th January in the SLA Boardroom. The Board was informed about several tasks that the Authority is giving priority for this year, such as the revision of the Licences legislations and the licence conditions, tackling expired licences, appropriate records of revenue collection and the development of other policies of which SLA is involved in. The Board took the opportunity to highlight other pertinent issues which must be addressed this year.

The highlight of the meeting was a presentation delivered by Mr. Michael Labonte, the Information and Communication Officer, on the roles and responsibilities of the Information and Communication Section in the Authority. Further to the presentation, the Members emphasized on the development of a communication plan and the necessity to engage in training opportunities to further develop this section.

SLA BOARD CLOSES THE YEAR 2018 WITH A MEETING TO REVIEW ITS PERFORMANCE DURING THE YEAR

The Board of Directors of the SLA Board held its final meeting for the year 2018 on 20th December. During the meeting, the Board finalized all pending cases and did a review of the year 2018. The Board was pleased with its performance and that of the Authority for the year as it was a very fruitful year. The Members elaborated on the more challenging tasks to come in 2019 as it will be a very busy year for the Board and the Authority as whole. The most important project for the SLA in 2019 will be the review of the licensing legislations of which many are looking forward to its completion. The Board Members pledged their continued support to the CEO, Deputy CEO and the whole team of SLA staff.

Fair Trading Commission Educates SLA Management Team on Fair Trading and Fair Competition

Ms. Rhonda Barreau and Mr. Erol Sophola from the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) attended one of the SLA Management meeting to educate the Management staff on the role of the FTC, the current legislations governing the Commission and how it is applied. The presentation further elaborated on fair competition and how as consumers, each and everyone can help to curb bad practices on the local market. It is to be noted that SLA and FTC are currently collaborating to address complaints arising from consumers, especially in the construction industry and professional services.

NOVEMBER 2018

SLA Board Holds its 13th Meeting for the Year

The Board of the Seychelles Licensing Authority held its thirteenth meeting for the year 2018 on 22nd November. During the meeting, the Board discussed the necessity to establish clear procedural framework on how to take decisions on cases which comes before the Board. This was in line with discussions on the final Board decision on the case of Cable & Wireless (Seychelles) Ltd and FLB Builders Ltd. Additionally, the Board reviewed the SLA Annual Report for 2017 and made amendments where necessary.  Before concluding the meeting, Mrs. Judy Sinon, the Principal Licensing Officer for Trade Section delivered a presentation before the Board on the roles and resposnibilities of the Trade Section, the challenges and propositions on how to overcome the challenges. The Board expressed their full appreciation to the work of the Section and gave their full support to Mrs. Sinon and her team.

Seychelles Licensing Authority Holds Meeting with Station Commanders

The Seychelles Licensing Authority held a meeting on Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 with all Station Commanders at the Police Headquarters. The aim of this meeting was to educate the Station Commanders on the various security features that has been introduced on the new vehicle license disc by the Authority. These security features will enable the Police to verify the authenticity of the vehicle license during spot checks. Additionally, the meeting broadened on how SLA and the Police can work together to tackle various issues, such as, sale of alcohol by retailers after prescribed selling hours, sale of alcohol to minors, duplication of registration numbers and law and order in Market Street. During the meeting, it was agreed that SLA Inspectors and Police Officers will be conducting joint inspections and spot checks from henceforth.

SLA Board of Directors Meets with Representatives of FLB Builders

During its eleventh Board Meeting for the year, the Board of Directors of Seychelles Licensing Authority summoned the representatives of FLB Builders Ltd before the Board. The hearing was held further to a joint request from the Department of Employment, the Ministry of Health and the Seychelles Planning Authority to immediately suspend the licence of FLB Builders Ltd due to breaches of several legislations and policies under the purview of the three entities.

In accordance with section 9(3) of the Licences Act, 2010, the Board gave representatives of FLB Builders Ltd an opportunity to show cause as to why action should not be taken against its licence. In addition to that, the Principal Secretary for Employment and the Public Health Commissioner was present at the Board meeting to give evidence against the licensee. Subsequent to the hearing, the Board will take a decision on the case based on the contribution from all parties concerned.

SLA Appeals Board Meeting

The Seychelles Licensing Authority Appeals Board, set up under section 18 of the Licences Act, 2010, is the Board responsible for hearing and determining appeals against the decisions of the Authority. The SLA Appeals Board held a meeting on Friday 31st August, 2018 to review a case tabled before it for determination. The SLA Appeals Board is comprised of Mrs. Helen Maiche as Chairperson and the Members are Mrs. Irene Sirame, Mrs. Natalie Edmond and Mrs. Rose-Mary Elizabeth.


REVIEW OF LICENCES ACT & LICENCE REGULATIONS

A Consultant, Mr. Edward Donelan is in the country conducting a review of the Licences Act and all Licence Regulations. Several meetings are being held with various stakeholders, both from the public and private sectors, over the course of 3 weeks to ensure that all bodies concerned with licensing are consulted during this process.

This project, which is much anticipated by several Government entities and the business community, is an exciting project for the country. The report of the Consultant will be presented in September.

SLA Participates in the Job Fair on Praslin

The Seychelles Licensing Authority participated in the Job Fair which was held on Praslin on Friday 27th July, 2018. The Authority showcased vacancies, its services, the list of licensable activities and the license fees for each activity. Several groups of students and individuals were excited to learn more about the Authority.

SLA Staff Training

A training was held on Saturday 7th July, 2018 in the CEPS Conference Room for all Seychelles Licensing Authority staff, including our staffs from Praslin and La Digue. The aim of the training was to inform and familiarize staffs with new policies and legislative requirements that the Authority must implement. The first presentation was done by the CEO, Mr. Andre Pool. He apprised the staffs on the new Policy on Vertical Integration in Tourism. Secondly, Ms. Maryvonne Francis from the Department of Employment joined the session to educate SLA staffs on various ways to be more productive in the organization. The last presentation was on Access to Information. The presentation addressed the different requirements under the new law and the internal procedures being set up within the Authority to implement the Act.

 

Official Visit to Inner Islands

The Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SLA conducted an official visit to Praslin and La Digue on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July, 2018. The aim of the visit was to conduct staff meetings with the SLA staffs on Praslin and those on La Digue. Additionally, there were meetings held with several key stakeholders to discuss various issues affecting the two islands and how the Authority can help to improve the business environment on Praslin and La Digue, these stakeholders included the Praslin Business Association, the Seychelles Hospitality Tourism Association and representatives from the Police Department of both islands.

SLA Meets with Representatives from the Department of Police for the Third Meeting this Year

 

The Seychelles Licensing Authority met with representatives from the Department of Police for yet another encounter. During the meeting, the three fundamental Section Managers briefed the representatives of the Police Department on the roles of each section and how they work closely with the Police. The meeting rendered further into discussions on various challenges affecting both organizations, such as exchange of information, various mechanisms on how to reduce the number of expired driving licences and vehicle licences, including other issues related to the two entities.

The Department of Police was represented by SP Tirant, the Regional Commander in the South Region, ASP Denousse and Inspector Chetty from the Traffic Section.

In attendance from the Authority was the CEO, Deputy CEO, Principal Licensing Officers for Traffic and Trade Sections, the Principal Licensing Inspector and Licensing Inspector and the Information and Communication Officer.

SLA Participates in the Tourism Master Plan Validation Workshop

The Tourism Master Plan Validation Workshop was held on Wednesday 30th May, 2018 at the Eden Bleu Hotel Conference Room. The purpose of the workshop was to engage all relevant stakeholders who were involved in the consultative process to validate the findings and recommendations based on the series of meetings held and provide their feedback prior to the document being finalized. The Seychelles Licensing Authority, being an Authority who works closely with the Tourism Department was also consulted during this process. At the workshop, the Authority was represented by the CEO, Mr. Andre Pool, the Deputy CEO, Ms. Angelic Appoo and the Principal Licensing Officer for Trade, Mrs. Judy Sinon.

SLA Board Holds Its Fifth Board Meeting For The Year

The Board of Directors of the Seychelles Licensing Authority met on Thursday 17th May, 2018 for its Fifth Board Meeting for the year. As per the agenda of the meeting, the Board debated on the procedures to put in place moratorium on certain specific license categories. Additionally, the Board reviewed the list of license fees applicable today and the different categories of licensable activities. It was unanimously agreed that there should be a complete review of the fees in general and this exercise shall be part of the project to review the Licenses Act and Regulations. During the meeting, the SLA Board has furthermore established new procedures for conducting hearings and they were delivered a detailed presentation on the roles and responsibilities of the Statistics Unit of the Authority. The presentation was delivered by Mr. Walton Accouche, the Senior Statistical Assistant.

Consultative Forum on Access to Information

The Seychelles Licensing Authority participated in the Consultative Forum on Access to Information which was held at Eden Bleu Conference Room on 3rd and 4th of May, 2018. The programme for the forum included a deliberation on the new Seychelles Access to Information Bill as well as presentations by various entities on how to access information by the general public.

The Chief Executive Officer of SLA, Mr. Andre Pool was priviledged to deliver a presentation on Friday 4th May, 2018 before the audience.

The presentation gave details on the functions of the Authority, how it stores information and how the public can request and access information maintained by the Authority.

Seychelles Licensing Authority (SLA) and National Statistics Bureau (NSB) Creates A Professional Bond

The CEO of SLA, Mr. Andre Pool and the CEO of NSB, Mrs. Laura Ah-Time both expressed their satisfaction for the two entities to build a closer working relationship and create better collaboration techniques amongst each other. During a meeting held on Wednesday 16th April, 2018, the two entities discussed on various means to share information and how one can assist another in developing robust statistics which can help decision makers. This meeting was a first stepping stone to better understanding the value of information that each entity holds and the need to share these information. The SLA and NBS has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to that effect. Present at the meeting on SLA side was also Ms. Angelic Appoo, Mr. Peter Allisop, Mr. Walton Accouche and Ms. Sharifa Ernesta. Present at the meeting on NSB side was also Ms. Rebeka Labiche, Ms. Sheena Saldhana and Mr. Ned Rosalie.

SLA Board 4th Meeting for 2018

The Seychelles Licensing Authority Board held its fourth meeting for the year 2018 on 19th April, 2018. Matters on the agenda of the Board meeting included a review of the Board procedures, a request to suspend a licence, a review of the SLA financial performance for the first quarter, amongst other subjects. As a familiarization process, the Board is also meeting with Heads of different Departments within to Authority to identify the various challenges and how the Board can push for additional support for the Authority.