Seychelles Development Bank seeks ties with Lanka
The Development Bank of Seychelles (DBS) is looking for banking
partnership with Sri Lanka. “DBS, the main financial institution in
Seychelles with long term lending facilities in all areas of the
Seychelles economy, would like to establish bilateral banking ties with
Sri Lanka,” said Waven William, High Commissioner of the Republic of
Seychelles accredited to Colombo and Delhi on June 26 in Colombo.
William disclosed this to Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of industry and
Commerce of Sri Lanka at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce when he
made a courtesy call on the minister on Tuesday.
“The DBS banking hierarchy is planning to visit Colombo in due course
on a fact finding mission.
To this end, they are looking to obtain credit line facilities from
their prospective banking partner in Sri Lanka to facilitate loans for
citizens of Seychelles to readily buy Sri Lankan boats which are in
demand in Seychelles” William said.
DBS is a joint venture between the government of Seychelles and
financial entities of Agence Française de Développement (the
implementing agency for France’s official development assistance),
European Investment Bank (the ‘European Union’ bank that provides
long-term financing), DEG (Deutsche Investitions und
Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH –the German private sector investment bank
investing in transition countries),and Nouvobanq(the Seychelles
government’s joint venture with Standard Chartered Bank).
According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, the total trade
between Sri Lanka and Seychelles has been at a very low level over the
years and in the period of January to September 2011, bilateral trade
stood at $ 2 m. Main products exported from Sri Lanka include tea,
fishing vessels, cereals and sausages and the main import products
include fennel, coriander and cumin.
Sri Lanka believes that gems and jewellery, furniture, boats and
plastic products have export potential in the Seychelles market.
There are around 20 to 25 active boat yards around Sri Lanka
producing various types of boats and about six to seven boatyards
currently export their products.
The best known sail maker of the world, North Sails, operates its
factory in the Biyagama Investment Promotion Zone.
The annual export turnover of boat exports exceeded $ 743,750 in
2010, increasing by 80% from 2009. Among Sri Lanka’s boat buyers are
Seychelles, India, Bangladesh, Maldives and Mauritius.
Ship and boat building services offered by Sri Lanka belong to a wide
range from boats of different types and uses to related but specialised
Among the different types of boats are yachts, pleasure and leisure
boats, fishing boats, passenger, sports, rescue, coast guard, patrol
boats, fast attack crafts and general purpose vessels, while the related
but specialised services include raw material for boat building,
preproduction services such as boat design, lofting, plug making, mould
making, supplying of engine, navigation and communication equipment,
refrigeration systems, sail makers, fire and safety equipment and post
production services such as boat storage