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ESWATINI JOINS BID TO HOST AfCFTA SECRETARIAT

The Kingdom of Eswatini has officially joined the bid to host the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Manqoba Khumalo has officially appointed a National Steering Committee to spearhead the process. The committee is headed by Business Eswatini Chief Executive Officer E. Nathi Dlamini.

Commissioning the steering committee at the Ministry’s conference room on February 7, 2019, the Minister said hosting the AfCFTA would come with huge benefits for the country.

“Hosting the AfCFTA would ensure that Eswatini becomes Africa’s commercial hub. The country will become a hive of business activities, through hosting various African Union meetings and thus enhancing tourism. Moreover, this will create about 200 jobs,” the Minister said.

He further assured the committee of His Majesty King Mswati III’s support as well as that of the Head of Government, His Excellency Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini. The Prime Minister has since appointed a Cabinet Sub-Committee which will provide strategic support to the National Steering Committee.
The Cabinet Sub-Committee, which is led by the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, also comprises Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Pholile Shakantu, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Thuli Dladla as well as Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Moses Vilakati.
“The Steering Committee will call upon the Sub-Committee as a resource. It will be responsible for, among other things, government to government engagements,” Minister Khumalo said.
He added that Eswatini’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Promise Msibi will also be playing a crucial role in the African Union space while Eswatini’s Director International Trade Newman Ntshangase and Under Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jennifer Neves will be providing technical support.
He urged the Steering Committee to get to work immediately and draw up a budget and working plan as time was of essence.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the National Steering Committee E. Nathi Dlamini promised that the team would give it their all to ensure that Eswatini wins the bid to host the AfCFTA.
The AfCFTA National Steering Committee comprises the following members:
1. Mr E. Nathi Dlamini – Business Eswatini CEO (Chairman)
2. Mr Siboniso Nkambule – Principal Secretary - Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade
3. Ms Zandile Dlamini – Deputy Attorney General
4. Ms Dudu Nhlengetfwa – CEO - Federation of Swaziland Business Community (FESBC)
5. Ms Linda Nxumalo –CEO - Eswatini Tourism Authority (ETA)
6. Mr Mncedzi Ngomane –Head of Human Resources - MTN Eswatini
7. Ms Jennifer Neves – Under Secretary - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
8. Mr Newman Sizwe Ntshangase – Director for International Trade - Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade

 

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STAKEHOLDERS VALIDATE EPA IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY, ACTION PLAN

The Trade Department in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade recently engaged stakeholders to validate the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Strategy and Action Plan.

This was during a one-day workshop held at the Happy Valley Resorts on Friday November 2, 2018. The strategy formulation process was sponsored by the European Union.

Speaking on behalf of the EU Delegation in Eswatini, Economist Nomfundo Dlamini said the agreement not only provided free access to EU markets but also strengthened relations between the EU and the kingdom of Eswatini.

“The EU envisions that this agreement is not only a dormant paper but it delivers concrete benefits especially to the people of Eswatini. We have extended our support to SACU states, including Eswatini to put the agreement into action by assisting Eswatini to develop a strategy and action plan,” Dlamini said.

She added that the EU has set aside a total of 6Million Euros to support the activities identified in the action plan.

“The only requirement to access these funds is to have a nationally endorsed policy framework in place. I am happy with the progress Eswatini has made to formulate a plan. I thank colleagues for their expertise and support to the Ministry in ensuring that the strategy is reflective of the challenges of the business environment, especially the exporting,” she said.

Dlamini said this project was important to the EU because it was in line with the SDG Goal 17 which calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustained development as well as Goal 18 which speaks to the promotion of sustained and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

“I am saying this to underline that external assistance principles require that our support should align with national priorities as opposed to imposing development strategies for our partner countries. The Delegation will support a plan that closely aligns with Eswatini development priorities,” she added.

She noted that during the recent People’s Parliament proceedings, His Majesty King Mswati III envisioned that the country should use innovation and technology to develop the economy.

“The Delegation would like this to be reflected in the Strategy. Eswatini has a number of traditional products that can be commercialised and exported and yet the country imports over 80% of innovation,” she concluded.

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