Camion Corridor – situated subsequent to the taxi stand in Victoria – is one in every of only some locations in Seychelles’ capital that sells souvenirs and domestically made gadgets. Although not an iconic constructing, it’s however historic and has a robust place within the craft business of Seychelles.
As Camion Corridor celebrates its thirtieth anniversary since its inauguration on April 27, 1991, SNA presents 5 info concerning the constructing.
Sturdy hyperlinks to schooling
Previous to changing into Camion Corridor, the constructing had a number of functions. Within the early 1900s, the constructing was a ladies faculty for the Anglican Church.
It served as a college meal centre in 1945 for the varsity kids of Victoria.
In 1970, the constructing was used as a stitching faculty, the place courses had been held on the premise by Ron Gurlash, an English man who was within the artwork of batik.
A brand new constructing
The constructing seen right this moment was in-built 1991 by means of a undertaking financed by the European Fee and the federal government of Seychelles.
The aim of the constructing was to behave as a centre for the event of native artisans by offering coaching and workshops to develop the abilities of the native individuals. Reside coaching session and exhibitions had been additionally held.
It was thought-about as a vacationer attraction website the place vacationers had been capable of go to the exhibition and in addition observe the coaching while it was ongoing on the time of their go to.
Behind the identify
The identify Camion Corridor was given to the constructing in reference to the parking space close by, the place taxis and camions – vehicles – had been stationed since 1967.
Many locals nonetheless use the identify CODEVAR when talking of the constructing.
This took place as a result of in when Camion Corridor first opened, it was beneath the administration of the ‘Corperation Growth de L’Artisanat’ which was abbreviated to CODEVAR.
Camion Corridor’s administration
In 1991, the constructing was managed by the ‘Corperation Growth de L’Artisanat’ beneath the steerage of its managing director, Michelle de Lacoudraye-Harter.
In 1993, it was transferred into the fingers of Seychelles Industrial Growth Company (SIDEC). Eleven years later, in 2004, the Small Enterprise Promotion Company (SENPA) was created and SIDEC was abolished, and as such, it was SENPA that took cost of the constructing.
With the creation of the Enterprise Seychelles Company (ESA) in 2018 to take the place of SENPA, ESA inherited the constructing and is right this moment the company chargeable for the administration of the constructing.
Iconic store of Camion Corridor
Since Camion Corridor was constructed, the Artisan des Iles craft store is the longest operating one within the constructing.
Very nicely positioned within the downstairs central block, the store opens in each the entrance and within the again, permitting guests to return by means of to browse and buy at their leisure.
It was designed to behave as a central place to showcase and promote the work of native artisans, and it’s nonetheless operational right this moment.