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The Minister of Information, Communications and Technology, Senator Winnie Magagula, has thanked all the government Ministries and Departments that have made it possible for the Ministry to achieve 20 percent implementation in Lot One of the Infrastructure Development at the Royal Science and Technology Park Project based at Nokwane. The Minister expressed her gratitude during the presentation of the funding for the park held at the Taiwanese Embassy in Mbabane on Wednesday. “For us as a Ministry this is no ordinary cheque presentation, it is a crown for a job well done. Getting approval for the sixth and seventh certificates is of great importance as it represents a 100% disbursement rate for the Biotechnology project,” she said. The Minister noted that 20 percent implementation was achieved by the contractor, S&B Building, within nine months. The Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan, His Excellency Peter Tsai, said he was honored to present a cheque amounting to E4 492 923. 60 (US$516 428.00) to the Royal Science and Technology Park. He also presented cheques for the following government projects: a cheque of E10 440 000 (US$1 200 000) for the Rural Electrification Project; a cheque of E2 323 509 (US$267 070) for the purchase of furniture for schools laboratories as well as a cheque of E22 400 000 (US$ 400 000) for the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority Technical Assistance.

Minister of Economic Planning Prince Hlangusemphi (l) accepts the cheques from the Ambassador.

The Minister of ICT, Winnie Magagula (r) looks on.

“Swaziland is our best friend in Africa and we appreciate the friendship that we have with the Kingdom. I believe that through this kind of cooperation, the relations between our two countries will grow stronger and benefit both our peoples,” the Ambassador said. The Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prince Hlangusemphi noted that the Republic of China on Taiwan was Swaziland’s long term development partner. He said Swaziland was grateful for the continued financial support regardless of the economic crisis that had gripped the whole world. “Government fully supports these projects because they will contribute to the development of the country,” he said.

The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ntuthuko Dlamini, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Princess Tsandzile, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of ICT Sikelela Dlamini, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education Pat Muir, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development Bertram Stewart and other senior government officials also attended.

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