The United States established diplomatic relations with Seychelles in 1976, following Seychelles’ independence from the United Kingdom. The United States and Seychelles enjoy a history of partnership and cooperation based on shared priorities. In the Indian Ocean region, the two countries work together to fight piracy and terrorism, strengthen environmental sustainable development, and promote maritime security.
Seychelles is a small island nation in the Western Indian Ocean with a population of 96,000 and an exclusive economic zone of 1.37 million square kilometers. Seychelles’ tourism- and fishing-based economy is vulnerable to piracy in the region. The Government of Seychelles has therefore entered into several agreements with international partners, including the United States, to protect its territory and economy.
U.S. Assistance to Seychelles
U.S. foreign assistance to Seychelles has focused on maritime security, including training and equipment for Seychelles coast guard, military, and police. The U.S. also provides exchange programs to and from the U.S. for promising leaders and professionals. Seychelles welcomes local U.S.-led education and training opportunities for all its people and benefits from U.S. public diplomacy programs.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Seychelles is no longer eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), having achieved high income status. In 2019, Seychelles imported $18 million in goods from the U.S., and exported $9 million in goods to the U.S.
Membership in International Organizations
Seychelles and the United States belong to several of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Seychelles is a full-fledged member of the World Trade Organization.