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The Seychelles is one of the most secure countries in Africa and the risk of armed violence or conflict in the country is very low.1 Due to this stability, the Seychelles has low levels of weapons and ammunition trafficking and few problems related to landmines or other types of unexploded ordnance.2

The following organisations are working on the ground to support the through-life management of ammunition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence of the Seychelles: the African Union; the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC); the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG); the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA); and the Sub-Regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM). Efforts have included providing capacity development and advice on small arms and light weapons control in the region; training on physical security and stockpile management for national forces; regional training on weapons and ammunition management; and a comprehensive needs-assessment exercise for small arms and light weapons focal points from RECSA member states.3 The Seychelles has signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty.4


1 “Seychelles Country Report,” Crisis24, accessed June 27, 2022,

2 “Global Organized Crime Index: Seychelles,” Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, accessed June 27, 2022,; “Seychelles: Cluster Munition Ban Policy,” Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor, July 15, 2015,  

3 “Ammunition Management Activity Platform (A-MAP),” GICHD, 2022,

4 Philip Alpers and Miles Lovell, Seychelles – Gun Facts, Figures and the Law (, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, 2022),

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Further information

Accidental explosions

Since the Small Arms Survey began collecting data in 1979, no accidental explosions have been reported in the Seychelles.

Source: “Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS) Database,” Small Arms Survey, updated December 15, 2021,

Cases of diversion

Insufficient information on cases of diversion since 2000 in the Seychelles.


Insufficient information on the disposal of ammunition in the Seychelles.


No needs have been identified for the Seychelles.1


1 The Seychelles has not submitted a National PoA Report:

Published Date: Monday 21 of August 2023