His Majesty King Mswati III has officially assumed the position of Chairperson of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
Speaking at the start of the 36th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit, His Majesty said it is important that the summit enhance regional effortts of economic development to alleviate the scourge of poverty.
His Majesty King Mswati III says though the economy of the Kingdom is small in size, the country continues to enjoy strong trade linkages with the world through regional and multi lateral trade agreements.
The King was speaking at the official opening of the 2016 Swaziland International Trade Fair at the Mavuso Trade Centre which has seen the number of exhibitors increasing by 18% compared to last year.
The Prime Minister Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini has urged SADC Ministers to deliberate on mobilizing adequate resources to fund the emergency areas of need in SADC countries arising from the present drought.
The Prime Minister weas speaking when opening the SADC Council of Minister Meeting on Friday.