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STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

MR. AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE HIGH LEVEL BUSINESS FORUM ON THE E-COMMERCE PLATFORM

MAVUSO TRADE & EXHIBITION CENTRE 

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2019

 

Your Royal Highnesses

Chiefs

Deputy Prime Minister

Cabinet Ministers

Excellencies, Heads of Intergovernmental Organisations and their Representatives

Excellences, Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Mr Malualem Syoum, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the African E-Commerce Trade Group and its Members

Honourable Members of both Houses of Parliament

Captains of Industry

Representatives from the Media

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I am honoured, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to welcome you all to this High Level Business Forum. This Forum is part of the programme lined-up for the launch of the Regional Office for Southern Africa E-Commerce Platform set for tomorrow.

When His Majesty King Mswati III confirmed the dates for the launch, Government found it prudent to organize a Business Forum that will provide a platform for stakeholders to interact and engage on this subject pertaining to the rapid digitilization of the global economy.

I personally have a strong background in the private sector, where I became aware of the importance of such platforms for networking and giving birth to business opportunities and subsequent deals that bring tangible benefits. I have no doubt that each one of you has been led and persuaded by a willing heart, to honour our invitation and join us in this new initiative for Africa on the E-Commerce Platforms.

Our leaders in the African continent have already taken a lead in identifying a major challenge for Africa, which is the low level of intra-Africa trade and our continued marginalisation in the global digital economy.  Intra African trade stands at around 15% compared to approximately 60%, 40% and 30% of intra-regional trade that has been achieved in Europe, North America and South East Asia, respectively. 

By the same vein, Africa lags behind in the global digital economy and is not represented in the world’s 70 largest digital platform companies, in terms of their digital wealth.

It is undoubtedly a giant leap that our leaders have not only identified these two problems but have taken the necessary and long-overdue step to put in place mechanisms that will address these problems. The establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provides our continent with hope and a roadmap for Africa to journey the path of addressing the low levels of intra-continental trade.

Supporting trade in goods is Africa’s commitment to liberalise trade in services, in the agreed facilitative priority sectors of Business, Communications, Financial, Tourism and Transport Services.  In addition, as part of the AfCFTA agenda, Africa will cooperate in the areas of Investment, Competition Policy and Intellectual Property, which are equally important pillars in supporting trade in goods and services.

The partnership that the African Union has established with the African Electronic Trade Group is one of the many efforts that are being implemented to address the widening and worsening gap between the under-connected, which is Africa, and the hyper-digitalized countries in other regions. This gap cannot be tackled by Governments alone, but a multi stakeholdership that has a shared mission and vision to raise the standard of living of the African people through transformative digitalization.

It is heartening to note that the African Electronic Trade Group has a vision “to transform Africa’s socio-economic environment by enabling African countries, communities, people and small and medium scale enterprises to leverage modern information and communication technologies”. This vision is equally embedded in our respective national development strategies in the continent.

Programme Director, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to note that the private sector is adequately represented in this Forum today. The Digital Economy Report of 2019, recently released by the United National Conference on Trade and Development, states that businesses that build digital platforms have a major advantage in the data driven economy.

The report notes that 40% of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization have a platform-based business model.  It further clarifies that we are in the early days of data-driven economy because by 2022 the global internet protocol traffic is projected to reach 150, 700 Gigabytes per second.

I have confidence that as you engage today, you will come up with practical suggestions and solutions on how Africa can position herself in this evolving data value chain, composed of private entities which support data collection, data storage, analysis and modelling. Our message to the private sector as Governments is simple - we are in this together. Your success is shared and felt across all facets of the economy.

We are prepared to listen to your suggestions to ensure that we adequately provide the necessary regulatory framework that would promote your meaningful participation in the digital economy. May I also challenge you to be open to new technologies such as blockchain, data analytics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, Internet of Things, automation, robotics and cloud computing, to remain relevant and not be left behind.

It is now my pleasure, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to declare this Business Forum officially opened.

 

Thank you.

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER 

MR AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI 

AT THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS COMPETITION 2019 

GEORGE HOTEL, MANZINI 

THURSDAY 03 OCTOBER 2019

 

Honourable Ministers

Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps

Senior Government officials

JA Africa CEO, Miss Elizabeth Bintliff

Chairperson and Board of Junior Achievement Eswatini

Executive Director and Staff of Junior Achievement Eswatini

Competition Judges

Junior Achievement Sponsors

Captains of Industry

Principals, Teachers and Facilitators in the JA Schools

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am always excited to be part of proceedings that promote youth entrepreneurship - and today is no different.

May I register my appreciation and honour for the opportunity to witness this 11th edition of the Schools Company of the year competition, and congratulate Junior Achievement Eswatini for hosting another successful edition.

I take this opportunity, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to extend a warm welcome to the Africa CEO of Junior Achievement Ms Elizabeth Bintliff to the Kingdom of Eswatini and hope your presence will inspire our excellent Eswatini JA Chapter to reach more heights in the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in schools.

There remains no doubt that entrepreneurship is a smart tool that can be effectively used to eradicate unemployment and, in extension, poverty and social ills in society. Indeed entrepreneurship is regarded by many as the gateway to self-sustainability and economic development and empowerment. Many scholars have described entrepreneurship as not just the process of starting a venture, but creating value in the midst of risk.  

The unfortunate dent is that unemployment has the tendency of mainly affecting the youth who have no experience to use as leverage to obtaining a job. This is where entrepreneurship education becomes vital to equip our young people with the skills to innovate and create ventures that will not only allow them to make a decent living but provide employment opportunities for others. It is where Junior Achievement derives its value.

In his Speech from the Throne early in the year, His Majesty King Mswati III instructed Government to upscale youth empowerment programmes to ensure that young people have access to opportunities that will enhance their growth enabling all to make a meaningful contribution to the economic renewal and stability of this country.

It is for this reason that Government has revived the Youth Enterprise Revolving Fund which has already offered business loans to 43 young business people who are projected to create over 120 jobs. The process of releasing more funds to a new group of applicants is underway and is being coordinated by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs. May I encourage all the young budding entrepreneurs whom we have seen here today to come up with attracting business proposals that will enable you to access these funds. The Youth Fund does not just turn down any application but provides guidance on how the applicant can improve their application for the future.

As renowned young author and speaker Adora Svitak says, (I quote) “There’s no committee that decides this is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t. Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” (unquote).

Government is determined to provide the necessary impetus and conducive environment to allow for the smooth and regulated growth of the private sector.

The private sector has consistently been the engine of economic growth for many nations and Eswatini is no exception as ably identified by the Strategic Roadmap which was launched in May of this year. The Roadmap identifies five key sectors of growth for the Government over the next five years. They are Education and ICT, Mining and Energy, Manufacturing and Agro processing, Agriculture and Tourism. We all have the responsibility to ensure that these plans are effectively implemented for the advancement of all Emaswati.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the success and exponential growth of the Junior Achievement (JA) Eswatini programme over the years is exciting. I am told that this year, a total of 55 schools participated in the programme, reaching over 1500 students on the JA company programme, 6500 on Financial Literacy education and about 500 students were placed in 94 companies for 5 days to experience the world of work under the JA Job Shadow programme. What is more gratifying is that a majority of these schools are in rural areas where the rate of unemployment remains high.

While entrepreneurship education remains a priority in schools, the challenge is to extend such skills to out of school youth and offering business mentorship to all young people venturing into the business space. May I acknowledge JA Eswatini for occupying this space and offering an out of school programme which reached 260 young people this year. This is a remarkable accomplishment and I take this opportunity to encourage JA to continue on this trajectory of growth by reaching more young Emaswati across the land.

Government is determined to continue supporting youth empowerment programmes as we have financially backed the JA programme and other similar programmes over the years.

And no one can doubt the innovative and competitive spirit of young Emaswati as evidenced by the number of times the schools champions of the Eswatini JA competition have conquered the rest of Africa. We should all be proud that this programme has produced four African champions from Eswatini in eight attempts. This speaks to the value this programme adds to the process of inculcating an entrepreneurship culture among the youth of this country.

My gratitude goes to all the sponsors of JA Eswatini, including the companies who have partnered with JA in both the Out of School youth programme and the Job Shadow programme. I also wish to thank the Embassy of Taiwan for the consistent support to the youth of Eswatini.

We would not be gathered here if it was not for the amazing work of teachers who have taken this calling with determination and dedication. Your guidance and contribution to youth development and entrepreneurship is appreciated and valued.

As I conclude, may I congratulate all schools who have taken part in all stages of this competition.  It always sounds cliché yet true that you are all winners. If anything, competition breeds innovation and creativity which are vital components of business growth and success.

May I congratulate in advance the overall winner who will crowned today to represent the country in the JA Africa company of the year competition in Accra, Ghana. The quality and intensity of this competition gives us hope that you will raise the country’s flag and become the fifth Eswatini winner of the African Championship.

Thank you. May God bless us all.

SPEECH BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE MR JABULANI MABUZA DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF LUGONGODLANE DIPS TANK NO: 019 IN THE HHOHHO REGION UNDER MAYIWANE SUB STATION ON THE 25THOF JULY 2019.

 

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESSES

CHIEFS

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR OF HHOHHO REGION

HONORABLE MEMBER(S) OF PARLIAMENT

INDVUNA YENKUNDLA

INKHUNDLA COUNCIL

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

REPRESENTATIVES FROM MICRO PROJECTS

REPRESENTATIVES OF MEDIA HOUSES

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

GREETINGS TO EVERYONE. IT IS A GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS IMPORTANT EVENT HERE AT MAYIWANE FOR THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF LUGONGODLWANE DIPPING TANK NO:019 UNDER HHOHHO REGION. I ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE THE PRESENCE OF ALL OF YOU IN THIS IMPORTANT GATHERING. SUCH FUNCTIONS LIKE THIS GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GOVERNMENT FOR HER GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS IN IMPROVING THE LIVES OF EMASWATI IN VARIOUS WAYS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE IN RURAL AREAS.  I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT TODAY’S WORK HAS BEEN THROUGH THE INITIATIVE OF THE LIVESTOCK OWNERS HERE AT LUGONGODLWANE DIPPING TANK.

MICRO PROJECTS

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT IS INDEED PLEASING TO LEARN THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL AND IMPORTANT FACILITY HAS COME INTO EXISTENCE WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM MICRO PROJECT WHICH CONTRIBUTED A SUM OF E 266 536 THOUSANDS. WE CONGRATULATE MAYIWANE INKHUNDLA FOR HAVING BENEFITTED FROM THESE FUNDS DESIGNATED TO BRING DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMMUNITIES.  IN THIS REGARD WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO MICRO PROJECT AND WE HOPE THAT AS LONG AS YOUR OFFICE STILL EXISTS, THE COOPERATION WE ARE ENJOYING WILL BE STRENGTHENED.

COOPERATION BY LIVESTOCK OWNERS

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AT THIS JUNCTURE I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE LIVESTOCK OWNERS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT, CONTRIBUTION AND COOPERATION THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.  I HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE THAT 116 LIVESTOCK OWNERS CONTRIBUTED A SUM OF E140.00 EACH, TOWARDS THE PROJECT.  I HAVE BEEN FURTHER INFORMED THAT THE WORK OF CONSTRUCTING THE DIP TANK ONLY TOOK TWO MONTHS AS IT STARTED IN FEBRUARY 2017 AND WAS COMPLETED ON 27 MARCH 2017. THIS SHOWS GREAT COMMITMENT ON THEIR PART AND IS AN INDICATION THAT THEY REALLY NEED THE FACILITY.

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF ANIMAL DISEASES

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE FACILITY IS THE PREVENTION, CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF ANIMAL AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES. THEREFORE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BRING YOUR ANIMALS FOR INSPECTION HERE AT THE DIPPING TANK ON THE SCHEDULED DAYS SO THAT ANY ILL HEALTH IN THE LIVESTOCK MAY BE DETECTED EARLY. YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT FAILURE TO BRING YOUR LIVESTOCK HERE WARRANTS PROSECUTION.

LET ME ALSO ENCOURAGE EVERY LIVESTOCK OWNER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR LIVESTOCK STAY FREE FROM ANIMAL DISEASES BY MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE TIMEOUSLY VACCINATED AND TO REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS SYMPTOMS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK TO VETERINARY OFFICIALS SO THAT YOU MAY BE ADVISED ACCORDINGLY.  

 

LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ACCORDING TO THE LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION ACT 2001 (ACT NO: 13 OF 2001) IT IS MANDATORY THAT ALL CATTLE IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE A BRAND MARK AND AN EAR TAG TO PROVIDE OWNERSHIP INFORMATION FOR TRACEABILITY PURPOSES, AS SUCH CALVES ARE EXPECTED TO BE  EAR TAGGED  NOT LATER THAN FOUR (4) WEEKS FROM BIRTH.  FARMERS ARE THEREFORE URGED TO TAG THEIR CALVES AT THE STIPULATED AGE. DIPPING TANK COMMITTEES ARE REQUESTED TO WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE VETERINARY OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT ALL ANIMALS IN THEIR DIPPING TANKS ARE EAR TAGGED ON TIME.

UNCONTROLLED FIRES

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ON ANOTHER NOTE I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT EMASWATI CONTINUE TO LITERALLY PLAY WITH FIRE. DESPITE GOVERNMENTS WARNING THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD AVOID VELD FIRES AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR BECAUSE IT IS DRY AND WINDY.

 MAY I AGAIN APPEAL TO THE NATION TO IMMEDIATELY STOP BURNING, AT LEAST UNTIL THE COUNTRY RECEIVES THE FIRST RAINS OF THE COMING SEASON. EVEN THEN, IT IS ADVISABLE THAT ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BURN AROUND HIS HOME MUST SEEK PERMISSION FROM THE MINISTRY AND FURTHER NOTIFY HIS /HER NEIGHBORS ABOUT HIS INTENTION SO THAT HE /SHE MAY BE ASSISTED ACCORDINGLY.  

 

GOAT COMMERCIALIZATION

THESE DAYS THE MINISTRY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING ESWADE AND PRIVATE SECTOR, IS PROMOTING THE PRODUCTION OF GOAT. GOAT PRODUCTION REMAINS THE LEAST DEVELOPED VALUE CHAIN YET GOATS ARE EASY TO PRODUCE AND ARE QUICKER TO GROW TO MARKET SIZE. THE MORE GOATS ONE SELLS THE MORE MONEY ONE MAKES AND THAT IS COMMERCIALIZATION.

VARIOUS STUDIES BY THE MINISTRY HAVE INDICATED THAT OUR GOATS HAVE BECOME SMALLER (STUNTED) DUE TO INBREEDING AND ALSO THE KIDS (EMAZINYANE) DIE OF DISEASES, PARTICULARLY WORMS. IT IS IN THIS REGARD THAT THE MINISTRY HAS DEVELOPED A PROGRAM THAT ENTAILS THREE INTERVENTIONS

  1. ANNUAL EXCHANGE OF BUCKS (TIWEWE) TO GET NEW BLOOD AND AVOID INBREEDING
  2. VACCINATION PROGRAM AND DEWORMING PROGRAM FOR THE GOAT KIDS. THE SYSTEM USED FOR VACCINATION IS CALLED THE FAMACHA SYSTEM.
  3. FINISHING OR FEEDLOTING FOR UP TO 30 DAYS. THE MARKET WANTS GOOD QUALITY MEAT AND FEEDING THE GOATS FOR 30 DAYS IS ENOUGH TO IMPROVE THEIR CONDITION.

THE MINISTRY AND PRIVATE SECTOR ARE CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO EMPOWER YOU, OUR FARMERS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THESE WORKSHOPS.

  • AUGUST IS DEDICATED TO THE COLLECTION OF LIVESTOCK CENSUS. YOU ARE REQUESTED TO COOPERATE WITH THE MINISTRY’S OFFICIALS DURING THIS EXERCISE. PLEASE PROVIDE ACCURATE FIGURES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY.
  • IN SEPTEMBER GOVERNMENT WILL CONDUCT THE ANNUAL RABIES VACCINATION CAMPAIGN. THE VACCINE IS ALREADY AVAILABLE AND THE MINISTRY IS WORKING ON THE LOGISTICS OF DELIVERING THE VACCINE. AGAIN EVERY DOG OWNER IS REQUESTED TO AVAIL HIS DOGS FOR VACCINATION. THE GLOBAL RABIES ELIMINATION GOAL IS ‘ZERO CASES OF DOG MEDIATED RABIES BY 2030’. HOWEVER FOR ESWATINI THE TARGET IS ZERO BY 2022 PLEASE.

 

CONCLUSION

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN CONSIDERING ALL WHAT I HAVE SAID MAY I AT THIS JUNCTURE  PASS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE DIP TANK COMMITTEE AND LIVESTOCK OWNERS FOR A MAGNIFICENT WORK DONE, WITHOUT THEM THIS DAY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SUCCESS. I, THEREFORE, SALUTE THEM FOR THE JOB WELL DONE.

HAVING SAID THAT MAY I APPEAL TO THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS FACILITY IS WELL KEPT AND WELL LOOKED AFTER SO THAT IT MAY LAST LONG AND BE USED BY GENERATIONS TO COME.

IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO DECLARE THAT LUGONGODLWANE DIPPING TANK NO: 019 IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPENED.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

EXTRA INFORMATION

POPULATION FOR OTHER STOCK

SPECIES

NO, OF OWNERS

TOTAL NO, OF STOCK

CATTLE

76

880

GOATS

39

428

SHEEP

1

4

DONKEYS

0

0

HORSES

0

0

GOVERNMENT PRESS STATEMENT

NO:20/2019

PURCHASE OF VEHICLES FOR CABINET

Following several media reports to the effect that Government will buy new vehicles for Cabinet Ministers, Members of Royal Councils, Parliamentarians, Regional Administrators, the Attorney General and others as per the report of the Royal Commission, we wish to state the following:

  • While the report of the Royal Commission on politicians’ remuneration points at availing specific vehicles as an entitlement for Cabinet, it has not ordered Government to immediately process a procurement of these vehicles for the use of Cabinet. As such, insinuations that Government will soon purchase vehicles for the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers are totally misleading and misinformed.
  • Government stands by its November 22, 2018 statement on austerity measures aimed at enhancing fiscal prudence and controls which states that no new vehicles will be bought for Cabinet in the interim as Government intensifies efforts to revive the economy.
  • The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers will continue to use vehicles from the existing government pool and no attempt is being made to purchase new vehicles.
  • Government remains committed to reducing unnecessary expenditure to achieve sustainable economic growth.
  • We will continue to appeal for accuracy and responsible journalism to avoid inciting the public against Government based on misinformation and speculation.

Percy N. Simelane                                                              23 August 2019

Government Spokesman

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON. PRIME MINISTER,

 AMBROSE MANDVULO DLAMINI

AT THE END MALARIA FUND PRIVATE SECTOR BREAKFAST MEETING

 

AT ROYAL SWAZI SPA

 

 FRIDAY 10 MAY 2019

  

Your Royal Highnesses

Honourable Ministers

Captains of Industry

Members of the Private Sector

Partners

Senior Government officials

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning

May I, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, welcome and thank all of you for attending this important End Malaria Fund breakfast meeting.

I am grateful to have this opportunity today to engage with you, the titans of industry in Eswatini, about the Kingdom’s progress in eliminating malaria and the proposed Eswatini End Malaria Fund.

Over the years, we have seen how the private sector, working with Government and other stakeholders, has effectively contributed to the implementation of priority national initiatives. These include HIV and AIDS, poverty reduction, job creation and the ease of doing business, to name but a few. I am happy that His Majesty’s Government can continue to count on the private sector to discuss strategies to support the continental and regional initiatives for a malaria free generation.

May I also acknowledge the leadership of the Deputy Prime Minister, the inter-Ministerial Taskforce, and the many Public Servants that have contributed to this process. Special gratitude goes to the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) which is currently chaired by His Majesty and Ingwenyama, King Mswati III. ALMA has been an important partner in this effort.

Two weeks ago, Eswatini and the international community celebrated World Malaria Day. This day was a reminder that malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Africa, affecting more than 200 million people and killing more than 400 thousand each year - 61% of which are under the age of five. The commemoration was also recognition that ending malaria is essential to achieving the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, especially with regard to creating a prosperous Africa built on inclusive growth and sustainable development, and a call to action that all of us have an important role to play in ending this disease.

The Kingdom of Eswatini is signatory to the African Union “zero malaria starts with me” campaign; which His Majesty King Mswati III and His Excellency Macky Sal, the President of the Republic of Senegal, launched in July 2018. The campaign recognises that eliminating malaria requires advocacy, action, and accountability across all sectors, public and private, and at all levels.  It is a responsibility we all share.

The Kingdom is also signatory to the SADC Windhoek declaration on malaria elimination; which called on SADC Member States to, among other things, increase resource allocation from national governments to address the gap in funding and supportive policies to promote malaria elimination.

As Prime Minister and Cabinet, we are responsible, and so are all the stakeholders represented here today. Some of you gathered here have members who undertake a lot of cross border travel while others have their membership located in the most at risk areas.  At community level, we have parents who worry about the health of their children. We all must all put our hands on deck to end malaria.

His Majesty the King has provided the necessary leadership, by operationalizing the commitments and demonstrating that we can end malaria. He has called on his Government to take up the baton and make a malaria free Eswatini a sustainable possibility. In order to sustain the achievements thus far, His Majesty will be launching the Eswatini End Malaria Fund on 31st may 2019.

The End Malaria Fund is a public-private partnership to mobilise domestic and external resources to close this gap. The Fund will be independent and managed by a Multi-sectoral Board of Directors to draw on the unique capacity of the Government, industries, and communities.

The Minister of Finance will present the specifics on the Fund, setting out its objectives and the investment case, while the Minister of Health will highlight the Kingdom’s progress in the malaria elimination journey. She will also set out the funding gaps in the national malaria elimination strategy, which provide a clear pathway, including universal coverage of interventions that kill the mosquitoes in at-risk areas, expanded case management, and enhanced surveillance, tracking, and reporting on each case. However, an additional $5.5 million US dollars is needed to succeed.

The task of eliminating malaria is before us, and the region will be looking to Eswatini for leadership and to see what is possible. Thus, it is essential that we deliver. Let us set the standard and make history by eliminating malaria.

I invite all of you to be open and frank in these deliberations in order to develop effective strategies for establishing a sustainable Eswatini End Malaria Fund. The Ministers and officials are available to deal with any questions you may have as you discuss and agree on the next steps.

Thank you very much. May God bless us all.

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