In just two months since it launched on 6th January 2012 iSEYco’s lead communication tool on the impact of Somali Piracy on Seychelles and the Indian Ocean has done a worldwide blitz.
The 10-minute trailer “Lost Monsoons”, a precursor to a series of documentary films that the iSEYco ‘s team of Seychellois Gilbert Pool and David Savy are preparing, has become the main communication vehicle for the phenomenon of Piracy in the region.
Since the trailer was first shown to Seychelles President James Michel, “Lost Monsoons” has engaged a worldwide audience from New York to the Pacific Islands, and from Somalia to the UK, where it made its first international at the London Piracy Conference conferred by British PM David Cameron in late February.
The boxed trailer was presented to the Commander of the European Union Military Headquarters in Northwood, London, and copies were distributed by the high-level delegation that accompanied President Michel to the London conference.
iSEYco attended the Conference’s Press meeting chaired by Cameron, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
The “Lost Monsoons” trailer was screened at two major Seychelles Conference on Piracy in the space of six weeks – the COI and EU Conference on 16th January, and the EU-Norway Conference on the Piracy Impact on Fisheries in the Indian Ocean, on 28th February, both held in Seychelles.
In the same week as the latter conference the trailer was shown to the world’s press attending the second edition of the Seychelles “Carnival of Carnivals”, got a special screening to the top German press attending the carnival, and was screened privately for the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO), Mr Taleb Rifai.
The trailer was posted on YouTube five weeks ago and has also attracted a worldwide audience on iSEYco’s own website www.isey.co, as well as a following on Twitter and Facebook.
A spokesman for iSEYco, based in the Seychelles capital of Victoria, said: “The following and interest has been unprecedented. People find it emotional and to the point.
“The project is now beginning to engage serious people who see us as a lead communicator on this critical issue”.
Gilbert Pool in an engaging interview with H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Imam, Director General of the Somali Republic Transitional Federal Government's Counter-Piracy Focal Point. Interesting revalations were made concerning the origination of the piracy issue, the way forward and the hopes for the future. The interview took place a day after the workshop on the Impacts of Piracy on Fisheries in the Indian Ocean.
Rear Admiral, Duncan Potts receives a copy of the Lost Monsoons trailer during an interview with iSEYco's Gilbert Pool on 20th February 2012 at the EUNAVFOR headquarters in Norwood (UK).
iSEYco attended the press briefing at the EUNAVFOR headqurters north of London in February 2012.
Despina Symons-Pirovolidou, Director of the European Bureau for Conservation Development
highlights the outcome of the workshop on "the Impact of Piracy on Fisheries in the Indian Ocean.
World Maritime Organisation (WMO) Chief, Mr. Hesse, explains the role of his organisation to iSEYco's Gilbert Pool in an interview in Seychelles.