This answer of course, allows Minister Laporte off the hook, he can buy time, spend time looking after newly acquired boats, enjoy borrowed planes, and plan for his next BMW automobile if he likes. But for the People of Seychelles, the answer was not good enough.
Players in the Tourism Industry are scratching their skin off their bones, looking for an answer to the economic quagmire Seychelles faces. These people trusted the SPPF in vain that the Government would be responsible in action when it comes to the Tourism Industry. They invested heavily, borrowed from banks, put their lives into their businesses. Their staff who are bar men, waiters, waitresses, housekeepers are career workers in their field. Few become managers and then move on to start their own business. These people rely on sound thoughtful analysis from government; they rely on government to act in the interest of the Tourism Industry. They count on Ministers to work overtime when failure lurks around the corner, not push the problems to next year.
Seychelles is a wonderful country in many respects. It is also a micro state. Big problems can be solved fast if leaders focus. But they must focus on the problems not their personal opportunities in the mist of the problems. PL it is time to abandon the Patty Lablache way of solving problems for Seychelles. Do what is right for our country, not your pockets.
NISD Alarm Bell-Ring! Ring! Ring!
The National Bureau of Statistics last month put out a alarm bell that the country seems to have overlooked. The Statistic Bureau conducted a survey to assess national productivity to help the IMF understand why Seychelles does not produce 8% GDP. IMF has been lost, dumb founded over the lack of productivity in Seychelles.
The Report revealed that the country is productive above 0% only Two (2) months out of the year. The production levels per month of -3%,-2%,-1%, 0%,1% , 2% should be cause to a NATIONAL ALARM BELL and a Government should be burning the MIDNIGHT oil with private sector to address these cronic problems that now appear to be crippling the Seychelles economy permanently.
The Gill Golden Rule of Productivity
Rule: Anything that inhibits productivity should be stamped out immediately. In the case of the downturn naturally the Cabinet was hanging on to Mr. Laportes’ words of “wisdom” : he said -“ wait till the next quarter” …to know what we did wrong all year.
These famous words of Mr. Laporte exposed his lack of knowledge of what was happening in the Tourism Industry the engine of economic growth for Seychelles. It is noteworthy to say that even the IMF was counting on the Tourism Industry to produce 12% increases per year in Arrivals and 8% financial growth per year. Not 12% growth in Arrivals and 0% growth in revenue.
A chain of potential revenue PL, is only as strong as its weakest link. Think about that for some time and let me know what you thought of.
Grand Opening Savoy Five Star-Beau Vallon
At about the same time Mr. Laporte was waiting until the end of the year to know what happen all year, the credibility and ability of the Seychelles in raising FDI was about to be exposed by the GRAND OPENING of Savoy Hotel Five (5) Hotel, with 166 rooms in the front of one of our best beaches in Seychelles and the World.
The opening of SAVOY at Scr. 2,800 per night two people with bed and breakfast, and is still running horrendously low occupancy rates like one of Richard Branson ‘s plane to the moon.
The Savoy is selling for the same rates as Seychellois self catering units. Ho ho ho! PL FDI program has turned into a total failure.
Now what? Build 10,000 more rooms PL?
Well, the investors of SAVOY have said this place is the worse investment they could ever dream of. They have been fooled by local investors love for their country and misunderstood where they were investing.
From the backed up toilets to the lack of staff and lack of fruits and vegetables, not to mention the occasional but regular attack of Tourists violently here and there, without an effective Police Force. Even the Commissioner has gone into retirement, but he is still holding on to his chair and desk at Central Police even though he no longer wears his uniform.
PL you may not like what I have to say, but you need to hear it. Pierre, Kalawan, Ernesta, Georges, and all these good fellows will not tell you this. What you need to do is work overtime, day and night, to fix the problems plaguing the Seychelles Tourism Industry.
Remember this: the New Season starts in November, so get your act together fast. Do not wait till next year. You will drag Seychelles into 2016 under the banner of failure.
Just because SNP is wearing Mancham’s hat and shoes do not believe that you are doing well and do not believe you are in a safe seat: your people are dumping you everyday and they are joining SESEL POU SESELWA-SFP everyday.
Back To Minister of Finance
As for Pierre Laporte’s thought of the moment: Wait till end of the year……..well Mr. Laporte (door in English), the year is over already based on NISD reports. By end of August national productivity will be back at -3% and that is why you will run out of money to run the government and that is why you will need another Supplementary Budget. God knows your ministries and departments are already asking for more money.
You better go dig the road in Bel ombre in front of the La Buse site, the treasure (The Golden Cross of Goa worth 3 Billion Pounds we need it) is underneath the road.
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!