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YOUR EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT OF INDIA AND THE FIRST LADY

EMAKHOSIKATI,

YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESSES,

PRIME MINISTER,

COUNCILLORS,

CHIEFS,

CHIEF JUSTICE,

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER,

CABINET MINISTERS,

PRESIDING OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT,

MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS,

DISTINGUISHED DELEGATION FROM INDIA

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

LADIES & GENTLEMEN,

SIYANIVUSELA NONKHE BEKUNENE LAPHA EMANDVULO GRAND HALL

INTRODUCTION

IT IS A GREAT HONOUR FOR ME TO WELCOME YOU MOST HEARTILY MR PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY AND YOUR DISTINGUISHED DELEGATION TO THE KINGDOM OF E-SWATINI.

WE FEEL HIGHLY PRIVILEGED THAT AMONG THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT HIS EXCELLENCY HAS CHOSEN TO VISIT, THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI IS ONE OF THEM.

THESE ARE ENCOURAGING SIGNS THAT CONFIRM THE STRONG BILATERAL RELATIONS THAT CONTINUE TO GROW BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.

FRUITFUL TALKS

MR PRESIDENT, THE DISCUSSIONS HELD EARLIER TODAY AFFORDED US THE OPPORTUNITY TO REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO INCREASING BILATERAL COOPERATION AND TRADE FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF BOTH COUNTRIES.

YOU COME AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE GEARED TOWARDS IMPROVING OUR ECONOMY AND THE LIVING STANDARDS OF OUR PEOPLE, THROUGH THE NATIONAL VISION 2022, THAT SEEKS TO ELEVATE US TO BE COUNTED AMONG FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES.

WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE THE REQUIRED STRUCTURES AND PROGRAMMES TO HELP US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. HOWEVER, WE ARE FULLY AWARE THAT AS A COUNTRY, WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE. WE NEED THE SUPPORT OF OUR FRIENDS LIKE INDIA.

WE ARE HAPPY TO NOTE THAT INDIA HAS ACQUIRED THE STATUS OF A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE SHARING OF HER EXPERIENCE WITH US.

THIS WOULD BE VERY VALUABLE TO US, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS OF HEALTH, SCIENCE PARKS, AGRICULTURE, PHARMACEUTICALS, EDUCATION AND MANUFACTURING, JUST TO MENTION A FEW.

NOTABLY, YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR HAS YIELDED IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY OF OUR STAPLE CROP, MAIZE.

LAUNCH OF ROYAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARK BY THE PRESIDENT

YOUR EXCELLENCY, WE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE INDIA’S FINANCIAL SUPPORT TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARK, WHICH THE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF OPENING BEFORE HE LEAVES TOMORROW.

WE EXPECT THE PARK TO HAVE DOWNSTREAM PROJECTS IN AREAS OF SCIENCE, RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY AND WE TRUST THAT INDIA WILL ENCOURAGE HER BUSINESS PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE.

THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY FROM INDIA IS INVITED TO TAKE THE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE, WHICH SEEKS TO CREATE AN INVESTMENT FRIENDLY SPHERE FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE ZONE HAS VERY GOOD INCENTIVES FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SUPPORT FOR PROJECTS FROM INDIA

YOUR EXCELLENCY, WE ARE PLEASED THAT YOUR VISIT HAS COME WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO VARIOUS INITIATIVES, WHICH WILL FORM PART OF THE COMMUNIQUE THAT WILL BE ISSUED TOMORROW.

THESE INCLUDE;

  • THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDING THROUGH TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT,
  • A NEW LINE OF CREDIT TO HELP ESTABLISH A DISASTER RECOVERY SITE FOR THE NATIONAL DATA CENTRE,
  • A DONATION OF MEDICINES AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH,
  • ASSISTING THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE IN ESTABLISHING A CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL EXCELLENCE,
  • A GRANT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN LUBUYANE AREA,
  • SETTING UP 20 SOLAR CHARGING STATIONS IN VARIOUS LOW ELECTRICITY ACCESS AREAS IN THE COUNTRY,
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND FOOD AID TO THE NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AGENCY(NDMA),
  • DOUBLING THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SHORT TERM, AS WELL AS DEGREE COURSES IN INDIA, AND
  • THE DONATION OF 500 BLANKETS TO THE PHILANI MASWATI FOUNDATION AND KHULISA UMNTFWANA PROJECT BY THE FIRST LADY.

THIS SUPPORT WILL GREATLY CHANGE THE DEVELOPMENT LANDSCAPE OF THE COUNTRY.

CANDIDATURE FOR PERMANENT SEAT IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL

MR PRESIDENT, THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND ITS SUPPORT FOR INDIA’S CANDIDATURE FOR A PERMANENT SEAT IN AN EXPANDED UN SECURITY COUNCIL.

OUR COUNTRIES SHARE THE COMMON OBJECTIVE TOWARDS REFORMS IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND THE SUPPORT FOR AN EARLY ADOPTION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM (CCIT).

THERE IS NEED FOR GREATER COLLABORATION TO ELIMINATE TERRORISM, WHICH POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO MANKIND.

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF EMBASSIES

HIS EXCELLENCY HAS ALSO MENTIONED THAT THEY WILL OPEN A RESIDENTIAL EMBASSY IN THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI TO FACILITATE EASIER COOPERATION.

AS A KINGDOM WE HAVE ALSO RESOLVED TO RECIPROCATE THIS GESTURE BY OPENING A SWAZILAND EMBASSY IN INDIA, NEW DELHI.

WE ONCE AGAIN THANK THE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT, AND THE PEOPLE OF INDIA FOR THE SUPPORT EXTENDED TO SWAZILAND IN THE VARIOUS SECTORS.

 

CONFERMENT OF HONOUR

IN RECOGNITION OF THIS VISIT AND SUPPORT, I WOULD LIKE TO CONFER UPON THE PRESIDENT THE ORDER OF THE LION.

THIS HONOUR IS TO RECOGNISE THE FACT THAT MR PRESIDENT, YOU ARE THE FIRST HEAD OF STATE OF INDIA TO VISIT THE KINGDOM.

THIS ALSO ACKNOWLEDGES THE CONTRIBUTION INDIA HAS MADE FOR ADVANCING SWAZILAND’S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA, INCLUDING THE NEW INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED DURING THE PRESENT VISIT.

WE ALSO APPRECIATE THE PROFESSIONAL EYE TREATMENT AFFORDED TO A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY, AS WELL OTHER EMASWATI WHO HAVE GONE TO INDIA FOR SPECIALISED MEDICAL CARE, WHO HAVE RETURNED WITH IMPRESSIVE RECOVERY.

CONCLUSION

IN CONCLUSION, I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE YOU MR PRESIDENT, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF INDIA FOR BUILDING THE BRIDGE BETWEEN YOUR COUNTRY AND THE AFRICAN CONTINENT.

THE INDIA - AFRICA SUMMIT HAS YIELDED GREAT DIVIDEND FOR OUR COUNTRIES AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT SUMMIT IN 2020.

WE ALSO COMMEND INDIA FOR SHARING HER BUSINESS ACUMEN WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS, THROUGH THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIA INDUSTRY – EXIM BANK CONCLAVE ON INDIA, AFRICA PROJECT PARTNERSHIP.

ONCE AGAIN, WE THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT, AND YOUR DISTINGUISHED DELEGATION FOR THIS HISTORIC VISIT.

WE DO HOPE THAT THE PROGRAMME AND HOSPITALITY PREPARED FOR YOU WILL LEAVE AN INDELIBLE MARK IN YOUR HEARTS TO CEMENT THE STRONG RELATIONSHIP THAT WE SHARE.

 

I THANK YOU. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS US ALL.

 

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