The Consulate of Seychelles in Berlin
Address: Lietzenseeufer 2, 14057 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 30-8 85 95 60
Fax: +49 (0) 30-88 59 56-80
The Honorary Consul
Amb. Derick Ally
Derrick Ally studied in Seychelles and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, after which he taught Mathematics on La Digue island in Seychelles.
He started his diplomatic career in 1995 when he joined the Seychelles Foreign Service as Head of Protocol and in 2004 he was appointed Director General for Presidential Affairs in the President’s Office. He subsequently joined the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Office and worked for nine years as Executive Assistant to two Secretaries-General at Marlborough House in London.
After his return to Seychelles in 2014, he was appointed Ambassador and pending his posting, he worked for the Seychelles Pension Fund as General Manager for Corporate Service. He is also the Seychelles Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Derick Ally has been the High Commissioner of the Republic of Seychelles to the Court of St James since 2017.
Amb. Ally was presented as Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to the Federal Republic of Germany on 7th May 2019.
Germany strongly supported the country’s democratization process by seconding a constitutional expert and providing technical assistance for elections at the beginning of the 1990s, the only Western country to do so.
German tourists, as well as business companies active in the field of renewable energy, form the backbone of direct economic exchange between Germany and the Seychelles. Accounting for some 30 per cent of gross domestic product, tourism remains the principal economic sector and creates the most jobs, along with the fishing industry. In 2014 233,000 tourists visited the Seychelles, setting a new record. Some 33,000 Germans visited the country in 2014, making them the largest group of foreign visitors and – along with French, Italian and Russian tourists – one of the country’s principal sources of foreign currency. At Seychelles Polytechnic, there are some 30 students learning German as a foreign language. Students at the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre have also enrolled in German courses.
Every year in April, the Carnival International de Victoria, featuring processions and ship parades, is held in the country’s capital. The event attracts numerous tourists and media representatives, among them a number from Germany. A delegation from Düsseldorf has also been among the participants in recent years. In addition to the Seychelles's consulate in Berlin, the Seychelles has four other representations in Germany. These representations include consulates in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Kiel, and Munich.