Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review: Seychelles

This report reviews the implementation of the 2016-2025 STI Policy and Strategy (STIPS) and assess the country’s national innovation system. 

The review was conducted by UNCTAD at the request of the Government of Seychelles, conducted between November 2022 and September 2023.

The review involved a participatory process that included a fact-finding mission and a stakeholders’ workshop in Seychelles in November 2022, a comprehensive desk review of national policy documents and reports, interviews with 39 persons from a number of organizations, a national workshop reviewing the draft text of this document held on 25 September 2023, and a capacity building workshop on 26 and 27 September 2023.

Draft versions of the review were provided for comments and inputs to the MIEI and the DSTI.

The report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter II introduces the development trajectory of the country and the challenges the country is facing in sustainable development.
  • Chapter III reviews the implementation and effectiveness of the STIPS 2016-2025 and other relevant policy frameworks.
  • Chapter IV examines Seychelles’ participation in international, continental and regional as well as bilateral STI cooperation programmes and policy processes.
  • Chapter V looks at Seychelles’ framework conditions for innovation.
  • Chapter VI focuses on Seychelles’ national innovation system.
  • Chapter VII discusses innovation in specific economic sectors for Seychelles’ structural transformation.
  • The last chapter presents a synthesis of findings and key recommendations that address challenges in implementing STI policy frameworks and fostering an effective NSI.