It is my pleasure to be present at this inaugural event of the wine processing plant by Casa de Vino, a new company that has invested in the Kingdom of Eswatini. On behalf of Government let me take this opportunity to thank the directors of Casa de Vino for their interest and confidence in doing business in Eswatini. Furthermore I wish to welcome the company’s guests from Scotland and Mozambique and hope that you enjoy your brief stay in the country.

My Ministry is delighted that Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority (EIPA) has facilitated the investment by Casa de Vino in the past few months ensuring a soft landing in our business environment. It is encouraging to note that Casa de Vino brings value addition to our main commodity which is sugar. As trends in global sales of sugar indicate a shrinking market it is important that we adopt strategies and programs that promote value addition. The sugar quota allocated to this plant would not have found its way to the international market as the Eswatini Sugar Association has been reporting reduction in sales in recent seasons.

To this end I encourage Casa de Vino to grow the business and utilise additional quantities of sugar to take advantage of our extended market access in the EU, COMESA countries and the recently concluded Economic Cooperation Agreement with Taiwan. Of paramount importance is the SACU market which affords duty free market access. The establishment of the wine plant has made history in the country’s industrial development landscape as Eswatini will now be known for its wine products in the global market.

Further to that we are excited that soon we shall be having wine made in Eswatini on the shelves of local retailers.

This has added to the basket of export products that my Ministry market to the outside world through trade fairs and exhibitions. To this end I am happy to announce that in June 2019 the EIPA will be taking about 10 companies to participate in The 29th Taipei International Food Show known as FOOD TAIPEI. I do hope that you will take advantage of this market exposure to penetrate the Taiwanese market.

May I take this opportunity to assure you of my Ministry’s commitment in supporting your operations in Eswatini. We hope and wait in anticipation for full production of the plant early next year.

In conclusion I wish to thank all Government departments that have facilitated all necessary requirements for the establishment of this plant in collaboration with EIPA. May I also wish Casa de Vino success in their business.

Thank You and God Bless

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