Committed to the task: Alain St Ange relishes his new role
13th April 2021
Alain St Ange, the much-acclaimed former Tourism Minister for Seychelles and who as leader of the One Seychelles opposition party came third when he contested the Presidential election in October 2020... more...
Team spirit: (from left to right): Stephen Biscornet, Max Racombo, Ralph Volcere, Charles Alcindor, Vincent Confait, Colin Whiting, Lewis Betsy (standing), Terry Sandapin, Gilbert Servina, Pat Nanty and Tony Hoareau
13th April 2021
By Lewis BetsyStars from Rovers Football Club met up to talk about the old days and savour the time when they were the best in Seychelles.I was one of those players, and what an amazing day it was.Eve... more...
Top coach: Kevin helps youngsters in Seychelles attending a Kevin Betsy Foundation session
12th February 2021
Seychelles-born Kevin Betsy is now manager of the England Under 18 football team. The only Seychellois to play in the English Premier league, Kevin got his big break in football when Fulham manager an... more...
President Ramkalawan: Action in the war on drugs at last
12th February 2021
 By Lewis BetsyIt is always good when people live up to your expectations and so I was very impressed with President Wavel Ramkalawan when he gave his first Press Conference 100 days since taking... more...
Wavel Ramkalawan: Historic Presidential address
29th January 2021
 By Lewis Betsy It was a truly historic moment, and one that for years seemed an impossible dream.Wavel Ramkalawan became the first elected Opposition President to give a State of the Nation... more...
Back home: Lewis Betsy is once more enjoying the beauty of Seychelles
1st January 2021
By Lewis Betsy As we enter a new year I want to wish everyone a safe and happy 2021. The last 12 months have seen some massive changes in all of our lives. I hope that we can learn from them to s... more...
Honoured: A floral display and Gerard’s photograph with Lewis Betsy and Bernard Sullivan
7th December 2020
By Lewis Betsy When the life of Gerard Hoarau was publicly honoured in Seychelles for the first time it showed just how far as a nation we have travelled in the past few years.It was a superb ser... more...
Joy on the streets: Opposition supporters celebrate
5th November 2020
By Lewis Betsy Well, no one could have imagined that a result such as this was on the cards. We had hoped and prayed that Wavel John Charles Ramkalawan would do enough to become President of... more...

I have quit politics and look forward to my new challenge, says Alain St Ange

13th April 2021

Committed to the task: Alain St Ange relishes his new role
Committed to the task: Alain St Ange relishes his new role

Alain St Ange, the much-acclaimed former Tourism Minister for Seychelles and who as leader of the One Seychelles opposition party came third when he contested the Presidential election in October 2020 has taken a job back in tourism. He will promote holiday islands in Indonesia after being approached by an Indonesian developer. Mr St Ange, who is also president of the African Tourism Board, tells Seychelles Life why he is going to use his considerable skills to help another country as the Covid-19 pandemic appears to ease… and that at 66 he has quit politics for good.

Seychelles Life: Congratulations on your appointment promoting tourism in the islands of Indonesia. You must be excited at taking on such a massive challenge at this time. How difficult do you think it will be?

St Ange: I am humbled and privileged by the exciting opportunity to play a part in building the tourism industry of Indonesia. It will be no small feat, but I am committed to the task and will give it my heart and soul. I was raised within the tourism industry and have spent my entire working life within the tourism sector, both within the private sphere and in Government, and have years of experience to bring to the table.

It appears that you will be able to orchestrate better links between Indonesia and Africa. Do you have a place in your plans for Seychelles?

St Ange: Working the “South South Cooperation” that is so often talked about, but rarely implemented, and bringing in Africa and Asia as key players, offer an extended tourism destination to the region's main tourism target markets, while consolidating at the same time the traditional nearby markets. Indonesia can be that missing bridge between Africa and Asia. It is important for Seychelles to continue to find its place as it sits as part and parcel of the African continent. As a Seychellois, I will always have Seychelles at heart and offer avenues for possible cooperation to Seychelles. 

Does this mean that you have given up pursuing a political career in Seychelles, and, if so, is it something you do gladly? 

St Ange: I have spent many years in local politics. I feel that the time has come to close the door on politics, as I am not getting any younger, and to dedicate my time now to furthering my professional career within the field of tourism. 

Has work in the public sector lost its appeal?

St Ange: I would not say it has lost its appeal. Working for the people and for one’s country can never lose their appeal. I have spent many years working for the public sector, and enjoyed them immensely. I have worked hard for my country, and will continue to do so in any capacity, even if it would now be indirectly.

Does your decision to leave Seychelles have any bearing on Wavel Ramkalawan’s administration?

St Ange: To clarify, I am not leaving Seychelles. My consultancy role will now take me abroad for extended periods of time, but I will always call Seychelles “home”. My family will remain here in my absence. President Ramkalawan’s administration has no bearing on my decision to accept tourism consultancy work elsewhere. If my services had been requested locally, they would have been granted happily. I must now move with the tide and not shy from an opportunity to advance my professional career within the field of tourism. 

You will be based in Jakarta. Does this mean a permanent break away from Seychelles?

St Ange: It means a temporary leave of absence from my island home. It remains to be seen how long I will need to be away for, but I am cognisant of the need for balance in life, and the importance of being there for my family, particularly during these trying times. 

Latest News

I have quit politics and look forward to my new challenge, says Alain St Ange
13th April 2021
Committed to the task: Alain St Ange relishes his new role
Alain St Ange, the much-acclaimed former Tourism Minister for Seychelles and who as leader of the… more...
The goals we scored, the lives we lived… soccer veterans meet up and recall their glory days
13th April 2021
Team spirit: (from left to right): Stephen Biscornet, Max Racombo, Ralph Volcere, Charles Alcindor, Vincent Confait, Colin Whiting, Lewis Betsy (standing), Terry Sandapin, Gilbert Servina, Pat Nanty and Tony Hoareau
By Lewis BetsyStars from Rovers Football Club met up to talk about the old days and savour the time… more...
England youth coach Kevin Betsy explains why he loves his job – I enjoy helping people become better
12th February 2021
Top coach: Kevin helps youngsters in Seychelles attending a Kevin Betsy Foundation session
Seychelles-born Kevin Betsy is now manager of the England Under 18 football team. The only Seychellois… more...
As Ramkalawan marks a milestone 100 days in office, I pray he continues the good work
12th February 2021
President Ramkalawan: Action in the war on drugs at last
 By Lewis BetsyIt is always good when people live up to your expectations and so I was very… more...
I admire Ramkalawan’s vision and Seychelles Life will do its best to help him achieve unity in our nation
29th January 2021
Wavel Ramkalawan: Historic Presidential address
 By Lewis Betsy It was a truly historic moment, and one that for years seemed an impossible… more...
This year Seychelles can learn from 2020 and make things better for all
1st January 2021
Back home: Lewis Betsy is once more enjoying the beauty of Seychelles
By Lewis Betsy As we enter a new year I want to wish everyone a safe and happy 2021. The last… more...
Tributes to the memory of Gerard Hoarau show how Seychelles is changing for the better
7th December 2020
Honoured: A floral display and Gerard’s photograph with Lewis Betsy and Bernard Sullivan
By Lewis Betsy When the life of Gerard Hoarau was publicly honoured in Seychelles for the first… more...
My great joy as Ramkalawan becomes President of the Republic of Seychelles
5th November 2020
Joy on the streets: Opposition supporters celebrate
By Lewis Betsy Well, no one could have imagined that a result such as this was on the cards. We… more...
May's News
News Archive