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OPENING REMARKS BY THE UNITED NATIONS RESIDENT COORDINATOR, MS NATHALIE NDONGO-SHE AT THE TRAINING ON PROTOCOL DELIVERED BY THE UN AND IDM AT THE ROYAL SWAZI CONVENTION CENTER, EZULWINI

KINGDOM OF ESWATINI ON THE 24TH JUNE 2019

 

Honourable Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Principal Secretaries

Under Secretaries

IDM Colleagues

UN Colleagues

Chief Executive Officer in the King’s Office

Ladies and Gentlemen,

(And, if I may…) All protocols observed

Good Morning,

I am humbled and honoured to attend the opening session of the training of Protocol Officers in the Kingdom of Eswatini. I understand that this training is the first of its kind supported by the United Nations.

Protocol is the etiquette of diplomacy and affairs of state. It involves customs and regulations for dealing with diplomatic formality,   precedence and etiquette. Put simply, it is the practise of good manners at a local and international scale. Today, protocol is particularly important because it covers the ceremonial rules to be followed during official functions and special occasions, but because it provides a set of rules of courteousness that are to be respected in society.

In the context of the United Nations, which is a 195 Member States organization led by Royal Highnesses , civil and military Heads of State and Government, the establishment of protocol ground rules helps in preventing misunderstandings and mistakes that may have far reaching consequences when dealing with high-level officials,

Honourable Minister,

This training is one of the many examples of the close working relationship and cooperation between the United Nations and the Government of Eswatini which, after 50 years of UN presence in the country, continue to be governed by mutual respect, mutual trust and strong solidarity.

Although the UN brings proven international expertise in this area, it is important to stress from the onset that this training will outline international standards but also address the peculiarities and uniqueness of protocol in the context of Eswatini. The training will be a forum of rich, lively and exciting exchanges of knowledge on professional standards, etiquette and cultural sensitivity between people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The idea of holding such a training precedes my arrival in the Kingdom of Eswatini in 2018 and the Honourable Minister’s appointment to her high responsibilities in the Government. I am glad that, together, we saw worth and benefit in pursuing this initiative. In this regard, I wish to express the UN appreciation to the Government of Eswatini, particularly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for the trust and the confidence in our ability to deliver on such an important task.

Honourable Minister, ladies and gentlemen,

At this juncture, let me extend a warm welcome to our trainers. We are privileged to have Ms Nicole Bresson-Ondieki, the Deputy Chief of Protocol and Liaison Service in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and Mr Amit Singhal , Senior Political Affairs Officer in the UN Department of Political  and Peacebuilding Affairs. I would like to personally thank you both for responding favourably to our request for assistance and for the major efforts you have made to be with us in this week. Thank you very much.

Nicole and Amit have come from New York to team up with experienced professionals and trainers in the Kingdom of Eswatini. I would also like to thank DR Robert Mnisi and Ms Batfobile Dlamini from the Institute of Development Management (IDM) who have agreed to join the team, as well as the facilitators and Instructors from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the King’s Office for their guidance and constant support. My personal thanks, if I may, go to the Principal Secretary Ambassador Joel Nhleko and Under Secretary International Cooperation , Ms Jennifer Neves for their always sound contributions and, obviously, to my team in the Office of the Resident Coordinator for their tireless efforts. As you would have noted and will experience, this has been teamwork since DAY 1 and a clear demonstration of our commitment to promoting partnership for sustainable development : this goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

I also wish to thank all participants present with us today. We have a mix of very senior officials in the Government and the King’s Office attending this training. You have made major adjustments to be here. I want to assure you that, at the end of this 3-day training, you will perform your duties with renewed enthusiasm and while being equipped with additional tools to deliver them at an utmost professional level.

Honourable Minister,

This training has come at an opportune time when the Kingdom of Eswatini has set the ambitious but achievable goal to transform and reposition the country as a leading example of Africa’s growth and development, as premised on the continental agenda for intergration as well as the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The Majestic and proud Eswatini aspires to host major international events and as such, to increasingly receive high profile and more anonymous people from across the globe. High professionalism in protocol services would be appreciated and in high demand.

In the next weeks and months, Eswatini will participate in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development organised by ECOSOC in NY to present its Voluntary National Review(VNR) on SDGs. Eswatini will also participate in the AU Summit in Niamey and subsequently, in the UN General Assembly meetings in New York. All these meetings and beyond present challenges and opportunities for professional Protocol Officers to demonstrate their talent. We shall be there to witness and assist, as warranted.

Once again, on behalf of the UN system in Eswatini, I would like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for hosting this training which will continue to deepen our ties. I wish the trainers and the participants a very productive experience over the next three days.

I thank you

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI BY SALVADOR VALDES MESA, FIRST VICEPRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF STATES AND COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA

At the invitation of the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, a delegation led by the First Vice-president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Salvador Valdes Mesa, made an official visit to the Kingdom on 27-28 May, 2019.

The Cuban First Vice-President fulfilled an intense agenda, which included a visit to His Majesty King Mswati III, Head of State and Ingwenyama of the Kingdom of Eswatini; and conversations with H.E the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini; H.E Mr. Themba Masuku, Deputy Prime Minister; the Hon. Senator Thulisile Dladla, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; the Hon. Senator Lizzy Nkosi, Minister of Health; the Hon. Senator Lindiwe Dlamini, President of the Senate; the Hon. Mr. Petros Mavimbela, Speaker of the House of Assembly, among other high representatives of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The Head of the Cuban delegation conveyed to the people and government of Eswatini fraternal greetings from Army General Raul Castro Ruz and President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and reiterated the invitation to His Majesty the King to visit Cuba.

He also thanked the authorities of Eswatini for the strong support in the framework of the UN, the AU and other international forums, for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the criminal and illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade unilaterally imposed against Cuba.

During the courtesy call on His Majesty King Mswati III, Ingwenyama warmly welcomed the Cuban delegation and reiterated the solemn wish of the Kingdom to strengthen relations with all countries of the world in the spirit and purpose of unity, peace, stability and co-operation, under the umbrella of the United Nations. His Majesty reminded those present that the philosophy of ‘friend to all and enemy to none’, had been the political ethos of Eswatini since the time of King Sobhuza II, who placed great value on a world anchored on peace, dialogue, respect and common shared values.

His Majesty also recognized and commended, on behalf of Africa, the role played by the Republic of Cuba in the struggle for liberation of the African Continent, and the continuing support through co-operation programmes across the continent.

Eswatini authorities recognized the excellent and important work carried out by the Cuban Medical Brigade deployed in several regions of the country. The Cuban delegation confirmed the will of the government of the Island to maintain and increase, in line with the real economic possibilities of the two nations, the collaboration in the area of ​​health.

His Majesty recognised Cuba’s demonstrated excellence and expertise in the fields of pharmaceutical development and biotechnology to produce vaccines and other medicines for the prevention and treatment of several diseases, including Heberprot-p, an effective cure for diabetic foot ulcers. In this respect, the two delegations pledged to open lines of exchange between relevant authorities with a view to enhancing co-operation in this field.

Eswatini authorities also expressed warm gratitude for the existing co-operation in education, particularly through the provision of medical scholarships to nationals of Eswatini.

The Parties expressed satisfaction with the level of their bilateral relations, based on friendship, solidarity and cooperation and they emphasized their interest in continuing to strengthen the political and collaborative ties between the two nations.

They also highlighted the convenience of exploring other possibilities for the increase of bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the training of professionals, agriculture, biotechnology research and products, trade and investment.

Both parties noted with satisfaction the convergence of positions regarding relevant issues of the international agenda. They reiterated their commitment to the multilateral system and to working together in the framework of the United Nations and other international bodies, including within the Non-aligned Movement, the G77 and China and the World Trade Organization, to achieve the vision outlined in the UN Charter.

Both parties gave a positive assessment of the result of the visit which contributed to further strengthen the historically strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between Cuba and Eswatini.

The Cuban delegation expressed its deep appreciation for the exquisite hospitality and generosity received from the authorities of the Kingdom of Eswatini during their stay in this sister African nation.

                                                                            Mbabane, 28 May 2019.

OPENING REMARKS- TRAINING ON DIPLOMACY AND PROTOCOL

 MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

 HON. SEN. THULISILE DLADLA

 24 JUNE 2019

 ROYAL SWAZI SUN CONVENTION CENTRE

KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

 

Your Excellency Madam Nathalie Ndongo-Seh, UN Resident Co-ordinator

Heads and representatives of UN Agencies in Eswatini  

Lead facilitator

Course participants

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome very familiar faces from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as our friends and partners from key stakeholder agencies, to this seminal training on diplomacy and protocol. As the first of its kind offered in collaboration with the UN Office in Eswatini, I am delighted to say a few words in recognition of its importance as the first iteration of what I anticipate will yield longer term partnership dividends for the facilitators and participants alike.

I wish to extend unreserved gratitude to the United Nations Office in Eswatini for honouring the request of the Ministry and committing to follow through on initial arrangements made by a previous administration. This commendable initiative further reinforces the partnership we have effortlessly forged with UN agencies resident in the country, and speaks both to the ease of engagement, as well as the flexibility and ability of the United Nations to meet country members at their place of need and demand.

I particularly wish to warmly welcome and thank the lead facilitators, Ms Nicole….. and Mr……… for prioritising the training request made by the Kingdom and customizing the delivery of the programme to be of high and practical impact. I am confident that at the end of these three days of intensive and interactive engagement, participants will not only have a clear and crisp grasp of standard international practice, but also, that our facilitators will better understand the nuances of Eswatini culture that accentuate our relations with the rest of the world.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation is more than just the mirror of the Kingdom to the rest of the world, it is also the venerable office of His Majesty, and as such, must absolutely and at all times, display attributes of international professionalism, respect, and hospitality.

The protocol department is, by necessity, the face of the Ministry in engaging with foreign partners. Whether as a receiving or sending state, its efficiency, agility, adaptability and formidability are the benchmarks by which our Sovereign reinforces our international pedigree and raises the global profile of the Kingdom.

As a nation looking to re-position ourselves as an honest broker and active interlocutor in the affairs of Africa, we have committed to promoting the country as a regional and continental hub for meetings of negotiation and decision making fora, at the very highest level, - all of which dictates that the country has a fine precisioned, effective and efficient logistics and protocol machinery.

Once again, and in closing, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the UN office in Eswatini, under the able leadership of Her Excellency, Ms Ndongo-Seh, for the visionary and generational approach she has taken in, firstly, engaging and seeking to empower a local training partner in IDM, and also in focusing the ambit of the training to matters related specifically to protocol, with a clear commitment to facilitate future training on the more substantive aspects of diplomacy which will require different skill sets and expertise.      

I wish you all a most productive and fruitful training session and encourage each of you to take full advantage of the wealth of knowledge and practical expertise that has been put at your disposal.

I thank you!

 

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI BY SALVADOR VALDES MESA, FIRST VICEPRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF STATES AND COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA

At the invitation of the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, a delegation led by the First Vice-president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Salvador Valdes Mesa, made an official visit to the Kingdom on 27-28 May, 2019.

The Cuban First Vice-President fulfilled an intense agenda, which included a visit to His Majesty King Mswati III, Head of State and Ingwenyama of the Kingdom of Eswatini; and conversations with H.E the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Ambrose Mandvulu Dlamini; H.E Mr. Themba Masuku, Deputy Prime Minister; the Hon. Senator Thulisile Dladla, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; the Hon. Senator Lizzy Nkosi, Minister of Health; the Hon. Senator Lindiwe Dlamini, President of the Senate; the Hon. Mr. Petros Mavimbela, Speaker of the House of Assembly, among other high representatives of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The Head of the Cuban delegation conveyed to the people and government of Eswatini fraternal greetings from Army General Raul Castro Ruz and President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and reiterated the invitation to His Majesty the King to visit Cuba.

He also thanked the authorities of Eswatini for the strong support in the framework of the UN, the AU and other international forums, for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the criminal and illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade unilaterally imposed against Cuba.

During the courtesy call on His Majesty King Mswati III, Ingwenyama warmly welcomed the Cuban delegation and reiterated the solemn wish of the Kingdom to strengthen relations with all countries of the world in the spirit and purpose of unity, peace, stability and co-operation, under the umbrella of the United Nations. His Majesty reminded those present that the philosophy of ‘friend to all and enemy to none’, had been the political ethos of Eswatini since the time of King Sobhuza II, who placed great value on a world anchored on peace, dialogue, respect and common shared values.

His Majesty also recognized and commended, on behalf of Africa, the role played by the Republic of Cuba in the struggle for liberation of the African Continent, and the continuing support through co-operation programmes across the continent.

Eswatini authorities recognized the excellent and important work carried out by the Cuban Medical Brigade deployed in several regions of the country. The Cuban delegation confirmed the will of the government of the Island to maintain and increase, in line with the real economic possibilities of the two nations, the collaboration in the area of ​​health.

His Majesty recognised Cuba’s demonstrated excellence and expertise in the fields of pharmaceutical development and biotechnology to produce vaccines and other medicines for the prevention and treatment of several diseases, including Heberprot-p, an effective cure for diabetic foot ulcers. In this respect, the two delegations pledged to open lines of exchange between relevant authorities with a view to enhancing co-operation in this field.

 Eswatini authorities also expressed warm gratitude for the existing co-operation in education, particularly through the provision of medical scholarships to nationals of Eswatini.

The Parties expressed satisfaction with the level of their bilateral relations, based on friendship, solidarity and cooperation and they emphasized their interest in continuing to strengthen the political and collaborative ties between the two nations.

They also highlighted the convenience of exploring other possibilities for the increase of bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the training of professionals, agriculture, biotechnology research and products, trade and investment.

Both parties noted with satisfaction the convergence of positions regarding relevant issues of the international agenda. They reiterated their commitment to the multilateral system and to working together in the framework of the United Nations and other international bodies, including within the Non-aligned Movement, the G77 and China and the World Trade Organization, to achieve the vision outlined in the UN Charter.

Both parties gave a positive assessment of the result of the visit which contributed  to further strengthen the historically strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between Cuba and Eswatini.

The Cuban delegation expressed its deep appreciation for the exquisite hospitality and generosity received from the authorities of the Kingdom of Eswatini during their stay in this sister African nation.

                                                                             Mbabane,  28 May 2019.

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