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 18 May 2018

The Principal Secretary of Economic Planning and Development Mr Bertam B. Stewart today welcomed the Japanese delegation who are in the country for the Sixth Japan – Swaziland ODA Policy Dialogue. The Ministry in furtherance of the bilateral cooperation between the Government of the kingdom of eswatini and government of Japan organized the 6th Official Development Assistance (ODA) dialogue / meeting with the Embassy of Japan to review progress/status of on going programmes/projects funded by the Japanese government in the country.

 From the right : Planning officer Ms.Sebentile Hlophe, Principal Planning Officer Mr Anthony Mthunzi, Principal Secretary Mr Betram Stewart, Isamu YAMAGUCHI Counsellor, Embassy of Japan, Kazumi FUJIMOTO, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Toshio MURAKAMI, Assistant Resident Representative, JICA S.A office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Minister of Economic Planning and Development Honourable Prince Hlangusemphi Making His Remarks at the Launch.

 

Minister Of Economic Planning Hon.Prince Hlangusemphi (seated) Principal Secretary Mr Betrum Stewart (Right) Director Statistics Mr Amos Zwane (left) Deputy director Statistics Mr Thembinkosi Shabalala (back)

9th May 2018

Today the Minister of Economic Planning and Development  Honourable Prince Hlangusemphi with the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and development Mr Bertam Stewart Together with the Director of Statistics Mr Amos Zwane, Deputy Director of Statistics Mr Thembinkosi Shabalala officially released the key finding results of the 2016/17 Eswatini Household Income and Expenditure Survey (EHIES) which was successfully completed in February 2017. 

This Survey was implemented by the central Statistical office in collaboration with the world bank which provided technical support.

The Following are the Remarks the Honourable Minister made today at the launch. 

 

Honourable Minister’s Press Statement

At the Launch of the

2016/17 Eswatini Household Income and Expenditure Survey (EHIES)

Key Findings Results

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Mbabane

Senior Government Officials

Members of the Press

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be in your midst on this very important occasion. We are gathered here for the official release of the key finding results of the 2016/17 Eswatini Household Income and Expenditure Survey (EHIES) which was successfully completed in February 2017.

The 2016/17 Eswatini Household Income and Expenditure Survey was implemented by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in collaboration with the World Bank which provided technical support. The Eswatini Household Income and Expenditure Survey is the main and official source of data that enables estimation of monetary and non-monetary indicators of wellbeing of the Swati people as well as estimation of poverty and inequality indicators.

This household based survey is multipurpose in nature and collects information on different dimensions of the population's wellbeing including among others; consumption, income, education, health, access to basic services, ownership of assets and employment. This way, the survey provides information that support evidence-based policy making in poverty and inequality reduction initiatives such as the National Development Strategy (NDS), Vision 2022 for Eswatini and the Eswatini Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan (EPRSAP). The survey could also be used to monitor progress toward internationally agreed goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ladies and gentlemen, the Eswatini’s overall national povertyheadcount ratio declined from 63 percent in 2010 to 58.9 percent in 2017 and the extreme poverty headcount ratio declined from 28.8 percent in 2010 to 20.1 percent 2017. These poverty headcount estimates has been computed using consumption aggregates derived from the survey. The overall national poverty headcount ratio estimate in this survey is based on E975.30 per adult per month and that of extreme poverty is based onE463.40per adult per month.

Of note is that poverty declined more rapidly in urban areas compared to rural areas between 2010 and 2017. The national overall poverty rate in urban areas declined from 31.1 percent in 2010 to 19.6 percent in 2017, while it only declined from 73.1 percent to 70.1 percent in rural areas during the same period. Extreme poverty rate declined from 36.1 percent to 25.1 percent in rural areasbetween 2010 and 2017, while in urban areas it declined from 5.8 percent to 2.5 percent during the same period.

When focus is shifted to regions, poverty levels are marked with large regional variations in poverty reduction. Between 2010 and 2017, the overall poverty rate declined by a staggering 11.2 percent and 10.7 percent in the Hhohho and Manzini regions, respectively. In the Shiselweni poverty declined by only one percentage point. However, the poor population grew by 3.2 percent in the Lubombo region.

The survey results further shows no significant national change in the level of poverty inequality between 2010 and 2017. The consumption per adult equivalent Gini coefficient was 49.5 in 2010 and declined by only 0.2 Gini points to 49.3 in 2017. However, coming to urban and rural poverty inequality comparisons, the survey results show that there was more poverty inequality reduction in rural areas than in urban areas, with the Gini coefficient declining from 45.1 to 42.7 in rural areas and from 44.3 to 43.1 in urban areas. Among the regions of the country, decline was observed in all the regions except the Lubombo region. Hhohho declined by 1.8, Manzini by 0.3 and Shiselweni by 3.2Gini points whist in the Lubombo region inequality increased by 1.9 Gini points.

Among other key indicators, the survey shows that 76.5percent households in Eswatini access water through an improved source, 46 percent have access to improved toilet facilities and 64 percent of the households in Eswatini use electricity as source of lighting.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my sincere hope that the key findings report and subsequent data from the Eswatini Household Income and Expenditure Survey will be widely used as input for evaluating ongoing programmes and formulation of further policies and programmes.

Last, but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our development partners who supported this effort, especially the World Bank and Eswatini Tourism Authority. We owe a special debt of gratitude to respondents who willingly participated in this survey that has provided these key finding results which we are launching today.

                         THANK YOU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 16th  April 2018

The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Mr Betrum Stewart together with Senior Planning Officer at the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Mr Maqhawe Mnisi have Jetted out of the country to attend and participate in the 2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB). The Meetings are scheduled to be held in Washington DC. The Spring meetings are held to discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the WB on the issues related to international economic development and finance. It is in this forum where the World Bank and IMF member states review the performance of the world economy over the past six months.The meetings also provide a forum where constituency members discuss pertinent issues affecting their respective economies and come up with strategies and plans on how best to manage their economies.

 

18 April 2018

Today the Minister of Economic Planning and Development HRH Prince Hlangusemphi accompanied by The Acting Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Mr Siboniso Masilela Joined Her Excellency President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai-Ing-wen in her visit to the Mbabane Government Hospital New OPD Building construction site.

 

MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

REMARKS BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER

H.R.H. PRINCE HLANGUSEMPHI

REHABILITATION OF MBABANE GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL PROJECT SITE VISIT

BY THE

 

REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) PRESIDENT

H.E. TSAI ING-WEN

Mbabane Government Hospital: Laboratory Clinic

Wednesday, 18th April 2018

9:15 a.m.

  
 
 

REMARKS

   YOUR EXCELLENCY, TSAI ING-WEN, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN);

   MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON TAIWAN, JAU SHIEH WU;

   MINISTER FOR OVERSEAS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COUNCIL, HSIN-HSING WU; AND MY COLLEAGUE, THE HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, HONOURABLE SIBONGILE SIMELANE;

   DEPUTIES & VICE MINISTERS, LEGISLATORS AND OUR DISTINGUISHED GUESTS FORMING THE ENTIRE DELEGATION OF HER EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT TSAI;

   YOUR EXCELLENCY, THOMAS CHEN, THE AMBASSADOR OF THE R.O.C (TAIWAN) IN SWAZILAND;

   YOUR EXCELLENCY, THAMIE DLAMINI, AMBASSADOR OF THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND IN TAIWAN;

   OFFICIALS FROM THE EMBASSY OF R.O.C (TAIWAN) AND DELEGATES FROM THE TAIWAN MISSIONS IN THE COUNTRY;

   OFFICIALS FROM OUR GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES;

   REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL MEDIA HOUSES;

   DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

ALLOW ME TO EXTEND MY SINCERE GREETINGS TO YOU ALL ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND.

Your Excellency, first let me take this opportunity to express our excitement to have you as His Majesty’s and the entire Swazi Nations Guest of Honour, at this memorable time where we celebrate 50 years of independence, 50 years of His Majesty’s Birthday, and 50 years of long-standing bilateral friendship between the R.O.C (Taiwan) and the Kingdom of Swaziland, which all dates back to 1968.

Let me emphasise that the Kingdom of Swaziland remains grateful for the continuing bilateral cooperation and friendship between our two countries, committed to sustain our friendship for generations to come. The R.O.C (Taiwan) has contributed immensely in our socio-economic development endeavours for the past 50 years, like the rural electrification program, which has put our country in the forefront of the region with a 74% access to electricity.

Your Excellency, Public Health is a priority of all nations, which is also a priority of His Majesty, who instructed us to ensure that public health is presented as a focal area in the 2013-2018 Government Program of Action, targeting the increase of life expectancy and reduction of unwarranted mortalities, which emphasises strengthening our referral system and tracking mechanisms. This intervention is also aligned to Goal 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This project, among others, will make a significant impact in strengthening the country’s public health referral system, in as far as health infrastructure is concerned. This up-coming state of the art out-patient department and emergency complex will accommodate all the necessary hospital departments, a majority of which were non-existent in the old structure.

I am happy to be part of your visit to this noble project site, Your Excellency, to appreciate the progress of the support we receive from your Government, to rehabilitate the Mbabane Government Hospital – Outpatient Department, which dates back to the 1920’s.

Your Excellency, as I conclude, let me once again welcome you and your delegation in the Kingdom of Swaziland, and I hope you will continue to enjoy the beautiful landscape we have. Finally, Your Excellency, let me congratulate you for being bestowed the order of the elephant, which is the highest honour in the land by His Majesty King Mswati III.

Thank You!!!

 

23rd April 2018

Today , The Minister of Economic Planning and Development Hon. Prince Hlangusemphi is Travelling with His Majesty king Mswati 111 to the Republic of Angola to attend the SADC Double Troika Summit on the Security Situation in the Region.

 

Luanda — The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) kicked off on Tuesday morning, in Luanda, to analyse the political situation in the DR Congo, Lesotho and consolidate aspects relating to the southern Africa region, among other issues.

The SADC Double Troika meeting is being chaired by the Angolan President, João Lourenço, and also comprises the heads of State of Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, DR Congo, the King of Swaziland, the Prime Minister of Lesotho and the representative of Tanzania.

The gathering will mainly analyse the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Lesotho, as well as the process of consolidating democracy in southern Africa. At present, the SADC organ of political, defence and security co-operation is chaired by Angola.

 

3rd May 2018

The Minister of Economic Planning and Development Honourable Prince Hlangusemphi Together with Top Government officials consisting of the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Mr Bertrum B. Stewart, The Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Trade Mr Siboniso Nkambule, The Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Public Words and Transport Mr. Makhosini Mndawe, The  Chief Roads Engineer Mr. Vincent Dlamini and the Project/Planning Officer responsible for the ESwatini Japan Cooperation Ms. Sebentile Dlamini Yesterday left for South Africa To Attend The Japan-African Public-Private Economic Forum held in  Johannesburg.

 The Government of the Kingdom of ESwatini , being a member of the African Union (AU) and having a bilateral cooperation with the Government of Japan has been invited by the Government of Japan to the Japan African Public - Private Economic Forum. The Government of Japan has organised this economic forum to involve Japannese business leaders in accelerating private sector led economic growth and encourage business encounters between Japannese and African companies the Participation of the Government of ESwatini.

This forum will present an opportunity to reflect on the Public - Private sector issues as well as well learn from Japan and other africancounties on the challenges surrounding private sector driven economic growth. One of the main themes for the forum is promotion of high quality  infrastructure investmet in African. 

 

22 March 2018

 

 

Swaziland Launches National Demographic Dividend Study Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             

 

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