STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

MR. AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE 25TH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS AND EXPERTS (ICSOE) OF

SOUTHERN AFRICA

ROYAL SWAZI SPA, EZULWINI

 TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Honourable Ministers

Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Dr Vera Songwe;

SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax;

Permanent Secretaries and Senior Government Officials

Representatives of the African Union, SADC, and COMESA;

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Eswatini, Ms Nathalie Ndongo-Seh;

Representatives of United Nations Agencies in Southern Africa;

Representatives of OXFAM and other International and Non-Governmental Organizations;

Representatives of Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and Research Institutions;

Members of the media;                                                                           

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I’m honoured to be with you today on this 25th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts of Southern Africa. On behalf of His Majesty’s Government, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our distinguished visitors and guests.  

May I commend the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa for accepting our offer to host this meeting themed, ‘Strategies and policies for the integration of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in the industrialization process in Southern Africa.’ This theme highlights our shared interest in developing Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), and the crucial need for our countries to accelerate industrialization and structural transformation processes.

 

MSMEs are undeniably the heartbeat of many economies across the globe, especially in rapidly developing countries. They are a key engine of growth and an important source of job creation and innovation. They are the foundation for private sector growth and expansion. Their potential to promote domestic-led growth in new and existing industries and to strengthen the resilience of the economy in a competitive and challenging environment is beyond any doubt. Evidence shows that they not only promote industrial development but accelerate the achievement of wider socio-economic objectives. Many large enterprises commence their life cycle as start-ups, before scaling up into market leaders.

MSMEs are widely recognised as cornerstones for economic development with the potential to significantly accelerate industrialisation and high value addition processes provided that their entrepreneurial spirit is nurtured. Clearly, this is the reason why Eswatini and many governments and organizations are focussing on supporting their growth. This support comes through targeted schemes and resources and the facilitation of market access, helping them to develop and adopt new technologies and innovations.

We, in Eswatini, appreciate the strategic importance of the MSME sector to the sustainable economic development of our Nation. This is duly reflected in Government’s Vision 2022 – to position the country in the top 10% of the medium human development group of countries. Accordingly, we have developed a National Development Strategy (NDS) and a Strategic Roadmap that emphasizes the power of the sector to deliver broad-based and inclusive economic growth.

The MSME sector has a major role to play towards fulfilling the objectives of our Strategic Roadmap mainly in spurring economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation. Currently, the MSME landscape in the country is highly skewed towards enterprises with low value addition. Our MSMEs operate predominantly in the wholesale and agricultural sectors, with about 40 per cent in the wholesale sector and 23 per cent in the agriculture sector. Only around 13 per cent operate in the manufacturing sector.

It is for this reason that we are implementing far reaching reforms to reverse this distribution pattern. This will help to significantly increase the share of high value firms. The current distribution of firms also suggests the crucial need to strengthen inter-sectoral linkages that will enable MSMEs to join the various value chains and contribute effectively to industrialisation and economic transformation processes, regardless of their primary sector of activity.

His Majesty’s Government, through the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade (MCIT) recently conducted a review of our MSME National Policy. This strategic decision encapsulates our desire to trigger structural shifts towards an entrepreneurial economy. The review process was driven by our vision of making MSMEs competitive and of ensuring that the sector becomes the backbone of our economy.  

The primary objective of the revised MSME National Policy is to create a modern, comprehensive, targeted and coherent framework that will create a highly profitable entrepreneurial sector, characterised by innovative, competitive and sustainable businesses, supported by an enabling institutional and regulatory environment. I believe that this new Policy framework will help to infuse resilience and productivity to the MSME sector through the emergence of innovative and globally competitive firms for value addition, job creation and sustainable economic growth.

Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today because of our shared and common interest of enhancing socio-economic development in our region and that of the continent at large. We all recognise the need to industrialize and transform our economies through integration. This we cannot achieve without seeking effective ways to involve and empower our MSMEs.

Of course, we must capitalize on our achievements in the region. That also means we must assess the state and progress of our individual strategies and policies. Without any doubt, this is a gradual and continuous process. We need to share our experiences as well as new developments and prospects. You are well aware of the enormous potential and immense opportunities that are available in our region.

It is known to you that some of the major constraints that impede MSMEs’ contribution to industrial development, require a concerted and cooperative approach. These issues and challenges include, low penetration to regional and global markets, inability of MSMEs to leverage regional value chains, skills - including digital and management skills, and financial and infrastructure constraints, to mention just a few. Digital skills are of growing importance as an increasing number of activities and transactions along the value chains are digitized, especially with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution.

As you know, access to financing is one of the major constraints to MSME growth.

Generally, limited access to credit prevents firms, especially micro-enterprises from capitalising on economic benefits and opportunities, including higher productivity, the opportunity to upgrade to higher value-added production and greater demand for products.

Here in Eswatini, one of the mechanisms that we have introduced to ease access to finance to MSMEs is the Small-Scale Enterprise Loan Guarantee Scheme. Through this Scheme, businesses are able to obtain a guarantee for a loan up to a certain amount, with government providing a guarantee of about 95 per cent of the loan. It is not perfect, but we are working to improve it to ensure it is more impactful and effective. In fact, easing small business access to finance by using alternative and innovative financing schemes is part of our Micro Finance Policy, Financial Sector Development Implementation Plan and National Financial Inclusion Strategy.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, as I conclude let me extend to you my best wishes for a successful and fruitful meeting. I look forward to hearing practical recommendations that can help us attain the goal of increased and effective participation by MSMEs in our efforts to spur industrialization and achieve sustainable economic growth and prosperity in our region.

 It now gives me pleasure, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to declare this meeting officially open.

Thank you.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER,

                                                                  MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

                                                AT THE OFFICIAL CLOSING OF THE ESWATINI INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR 2019

                                                              MAVUSO TRADE & EXHIBITION CENTRE, MANZINI

                                                                    MONDAY 09 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

 

Your Royal Highnesses

Chiefs

Honourable Ministers

Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Regional Administrator

Honourable Members of both Houses of Parliament

Mayor of Manzini;

Exhibitors and Sponsors of the Eswatini International Trade Fair

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

It is my honour and pleasure, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to welcome you all to this ceremony and to perform the official closing of the 51st edition of the Eswatini International Trade Fair.

May I from the onset pass my sincere gratitude to His Majesty King Mswati III for officially opening the Eswatini International Trade Fair and giving an important strategic direction in terms of business engagements for Government, the Private Sector and the Public Sector.

His Majesty mentioned vital elements that will inform the next chapter for trade within Eswatini, in Africa and other international markets. With access to global markets, Emaswati should be able to fully comprehend that our trading markets are not just limited within the country but now extend beyond our borders. The Ingwenyama stressed the need for Emaswati to look beyond our borders in conducting business, with an emphasis on our continent Africa. He said (I quote) “Africa, with a population of more than one billion consumers and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than US$3 trillion, should be our primary trading terrain as Emaswati” (Unquote).

With the launch of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area and other trade agreements that Eswatini has secured with international blocs, we indeed emphasize the point that Eswatini is Open for Business. We also articulate the need for the full utilization of all our available trade agreements in fulfillment of the objectives of His Majesty’s Government, as stipulated in the Strategic Roadmap - to be a private sector and an export driven economy.

We recognize the importance of creating an environment where businesses have all the opportunities at their disposal to thrive, innovate and create sustainable jobs, especially Medium and Small Enterprises.

The Eswatini International Fair continues to provide a platform for domestic and export trade, as evidenced by the hosting of over 20 international companies at this year’s Trade Fair. I hope Emaswati took advantage of these business opportunities availed by the 2019 Trade Fair by forging strategic linkages and partnerships with companies already trading in international markets.

This is not to say the local domestic market is not important, as we are all aware that Eswatini remains a net importer of goods and services. I trust that this year’s Trade Fair has unpacked opportunities for turning the economy and country to be a net exporter of goods and services. While others see opportunities to send goods into Eswatini, let us grab these opportunities by supporting local suppliers of same, while exploiting all available prospects of exporting our produce.

I have been reliably informed that we have over 200 exhibitors and vendors, with 22 foreign exhibitor companies from countries such as Taiwan, Indonesia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, USA, Lesotho and Botswana. I take this opportunity to thank all our international exhibitors for showcasing their products in Eswatini.

I hope you have not only engaged in profitable business while here but were able to identify what Eswatini business can offer you for your own business expansion.

I extend my hearty congratulations to all exhibitors who have made this Eswatini International Trade Fair 2019 a resounding success. I have no doubt most of you made direct sales and expanded your reach over the past 10 days. As Government we advocate for business linkages and partnerships that extend beyond the days of the Trade Fair.

I also take this opportunity to thank all the Trade Fair sponsors and partners for their support in ensuring that the private sector and the public are presented with such valuable platforms for business growth, expansion and product diversification.

May I also thank and congratulate the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade and the Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority for hosting another successful event and for consistently promoting trade and investment.

Congratulations to all the exhibitors who have shown excellence in their stands in all the different categories. As a sign of recognizing their good work, today we will award them with the Stand Excellence Awards. This year showcased a very competitive exhibition as most companies went an extra mile to show that Eswatini is indeed ready for first world status.

Most of the exhibition stands mimic what you would generally find in international exhibitions and expos, mainly in first world countries.

It is now my honour, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to declare the 2019 Eswatini International Trade Fair officially closed. I would however like to emphasize that business continues in Eswatini as we are only closing this assembly.

Eswatini remains open for Business.

Thank you. May God bless us all.  

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

STATEMENT BY

HIS EXCELLENCY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER, MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

Redeployment of Principal Secretaries

 

It has pleased His Majesty King Mswati III and Ingwenyama to make changes in Government with the following re-deployments of Principal Secretaries;

  1. Mr. Makhosini Mndawe – Deputy Prime Minister’s Office
  2. Mr. Bertram Steward – Education and Training
  • Ms. Sizakele Dlamini – Finance
  1. Mr. Bheki Bhembe – Economic Planning and Developmnent
  2. Mr. Sipho Tsabedze – Public Service
  3. Mr. Nhlanhla Nxumalo – Home Affairs
  • Ms. Khangeziwe Mabuza – Public Works and Transport

These changes are with immediate effect.

BAYETHE WENA WAPHAKATHI

 

Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini                                        

PRIME MINISTER: KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

3 August 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION                                                                   JOB NO. 092-A

DRIVER GRADE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

 

                                             (Drafted July 2018)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  

 Drives and maintains various types of government vehicles.

SUPERVISORY AND COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS:

  1. Reports directly to the Inventory and Logistics Officer or other officer as appropriate to the facility to which he is assigned.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

  1. Transports MOH officers and medicines and medical products as assigned.
  1. Remains at post of assignment when not transporting passengers or materials in order to provide transport on short notice.
  1. If heavy duty driver, drives boxed trucks and other heavyweight vehicles.
  1. Fills travel authority forms for signing by the supervisory officer.
  1. Keeps the vehicle logbook up to date.
  1. Maintains the vehicle by doing the following;

a).      On a daily basis checks the water level in the radiator and adds water as

          necessary; checks for leaks in the cooling system; checks the oil level and

          adds oil if necessary; checks to see that brakes, lights, indicators, hooter,

          etc.  are in order and reports any defects to the officer in charge; reports

          any other defects as they occur.

b).      On a weekly basis checks the air cleaner and cleans the air filter; orders a

new air filter as necessary; check battery water and adds distilled water up to the correct level; checks brake fluid level and adds fluid as necessary; inspects the underside of the vehicle for any leaks from engine, gearbox, or differential and report any leaks to the officer in charge; washes the outer surface of the vehicle and cleans the interior of the cab of all dust and dirt (more often than weekly if necessary).

c).      On a monthly basis cleans the engine by removing dust and oil from all visible parts; makes a thorough inspection of the vehicle and tightens all loose bolts or nuts; reports all other defects to the officer in charge to be attended to by a qualified mechanic.

d).      Reports excessive oil, petrol, or brake fluid consumption to the officer in charge.

e).      During wet weather regularly washes mud off inner surfaces of mud guards.

f).      Checks tyre pressure when adding petrol and pumps tyre to correct pressure; checks tyre tread level and report to the officer in charge when tyres need replacing.

g).      Ensures that vehicle receives full major service as per instructions on service sticker and that service sticker is attached to vehicle on completion of each service.

  1. 7. Operates the vehicle in a safe manner in compliances with traffic rules and regulations.
  2. 8. Assists in loading and off-loading materials being transported.
  3. 9. Reports any damage to or theft of vehicles or vehicle parts to the officer in charge; fills accident or loss forms.
  4. 10. Wears uniform and keeps himself clean and tidy.
  5. 11. Ensures that the fleet management system is not disabled and the cameras in the delivery truck are working and not concealed.
  6. 12. Performs other duties as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Valid light duty or heavy-duty driver’s license as appropriate.

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

STATEMENT BY

HIS EXCELLENCY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER, MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

Redeployment of Principal Secretaries

 

It has pleased His Majesty King Mswati III and Ingwenyama to make changes in Government with the following re-deployments of Principal Secretaries;

  1. Mr. Makhosini Mndawe – Deputy Prime Minister’s Office
  2. Mr. Bertram Steward – Education and Training
  3. Ms. Sizakele Dlamini – Finance
  4. Mr. Bheki Bhembe – Economic Planning and Developmnent
  5. Mr. Sipho Tsabedze – Public Service
  6. Mr. Nhlanhla Nxumalo – Home Affairs
  7. Ms. Khangeziwe Mabuza – Public Works and Transport

These changes are with immediate effect.

BAYETHE WENA WAPHAKATHI

 

Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini                                        

PRIME MINISTER: KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

3 August 2019

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