The Swaziland High Commission in London is the official representative body of the Kingdom of Swaziland in the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and is also accredited to the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The Swaziland High Commission in London safeguards and promotes Swaziland political and socio-economic interests in the United Kingdom and other countries of accreditation. As guided by the Swaziland foreign policy and the Swaziland National Development Strategy (NDS), the mandate of the Mission is:

  • To promote and maintain sound and effective socio-economic and political relations between Swaziland and countries of accreditation including Scotland:
  • Strengthening diplomatic ties, economic and trade relations with countries of accreditation:
  • Promote trade and foreign direct investment to Swaziland as an attractive tourist destination: facilitate education and cultural link with countries of accreditation:
  • Secure technical and development assistance through multi and bilateral relations: facilitates mobilization of external resources and enhance Swaziland’s participation in the Commonwealth organisation.
  • Lastly, the Mission is committed to continue providing services and assistance to Swazis living in the countries of accreditation, multilateral and bilateral partners, investors, tourists, charitable organisations and business people.

In addition to being an industrialised country, the United Kingdom is the financial hub of Europe and a recognised leader in the field of technology and politics. The UK is the sixth largest economy in the world with a GDP  of US2.174 billion. The UK is the number one gateway to the European market, giving it easy access to the 27 states of the European Union, the world’s largest single market. The UK is the most important trading partner for Swaziland.

The London Mission is strategically placed to continue exploiting theses elements with a view to: broaden Swaziland’s economic participation in the world economy: promoting labour intensive foreign direct investment to Swaziland: promoting tourism to Swaziland and securing market for Swaziland produced products.
The London Mission is better placed to secure technical and developmental assistance from both the UK Government and the governments of countries of accreditation to foster sustained economic growth and poverty reduction.
The London Mission is in addition accredited to
(i) the Commonwealth Organisation
(ii) the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and
(iii) International Sugar Association

As these international organisations’ offices are based in London, the Mission is better placed to attend meetings organised by these influential organisations with the sole objective of selling and defending the interests and image of the country in such organisations.
There is a large number of Swazis in diaspora in the UK. The strategic positioning of the London Mission makes it easy for the Swaziland Government through the Mission to provide the necessary services and assistance to the Swazis living in the UK and the other countries of accreditation.

Contact us
Swaziland High Commission
20 Buckinham Gate
SW14 6LB
+44 2076306611 (Tel)
+44 2076306564 (Fax)
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The Mission was established in 1968 after the gaining of independence. The establishment of the Mission was through the facilitation by an office which was under the Prime Minister’s office.  Since its inception, the Mission’s main mandate has been centered around maintaining and strengthening the good bilateral relations between Swaziland and the U.S.A.
The Kingdom of Swaziland seeks to maintain and strengthen the bilateral relations that have existed since the country became independent in 1968. 
The Embassy in general serves as diplomatic liaisons between the Kingdom of Swaziland and the host countries.  The diplomatic staff of the Embassy in Washington DC include the Ambassador who heads the Embassy, the Counselor/Deputy chief of mission which position is currently vacant, who handles daily operations, and commercial, economic, agricultural, political and administrative staff, the two First Secretaries – Administration and Trade and Investment, the Third Secretary/Accountant who handles financial matters for the Embassy and the Administrative Attaché who is the Ambassador’s Secretary.

Apart from the USA, the Mission also covers the following countries of accreditation;
• Canada
• Republic of Brazil
• Republic of Chile
• Argentine Republic and,
• Republic of Venezuela

• Representing the Kingdom of Swaziland and maintaining diplomatic relations with the United States and countries of accreditation;
• Protecting in the receiving State the interest of the Kingdom of Swaziland and of its nationals, within the limits permitted by international law;
• Negotiating with the Government of the United States on behalf the Kingdom of Swaziland on different issues;
• Ascertaining by all lawful means conditions and development in the United States and countries of accreditation, and reporting thereon to the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland;
• Promoting friendly relations between the Kingdom of Swaziland and the United States and countries of accreditation, and developing  economic, cultural and scientific relations;
• The Embassy deals with administration, protocol and conference coordination, foreign trade, international relations, consular affairs, information and communications. The Embassy issues visas to people who want to travel to Swaziland and also facilitate in the process of issuing passports to Swazi nationals who reside in the USA and neighbouring  countries , provide travel information and help if a Swazi citizen is arrested or dies in the United States or in the countries of accreditation.
• The Embassy is engaged in ‘direct- dial diplomacy’ with government ministries both for the sending and the receiving states  trade, tourism, finance,  defense, health, education, natural resources, labor, SIPA, transport, central bank and etc.
• The Embassy facilitate in the interpretation/communicating  of the annual reports issued by the State Department which serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages partnership and increased determination in the fight against forced labor, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery which are the 21ST century  challenges.
The Swaziland Embassy in the United States is composed of various sections that work to improve political, economic, and cultural relations between United States and Swaziland. It also interacts with the US government, the private sector, and other stakeholders on bilateral and multilateral finance, investment, trade, economic growth, good governance, environmental and social issues and developing commercial ties between Swaziland and U. S. businesses.

The Embassy remains an excellent means by which to support if not lead in the execution of key diplomatic functions.  However, it is also exceptionally versatile, and enjoys a strong legal regime in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.  Furthermore, the communications revolution has made it both more responsive and more able to make inputs into policy-making in Swaziland for instance, the recent birth of the Anti-Trafficking Bill.
Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, two States may enter into bilateral or reciprocal agreements and enjoy privileges and Swaziland has benefited from this bilateral relation in a number of ways and with the Embassy being resident in the United States, tangible and intangible benefits have been achieved and below are some of which the Embassy has played a pivotal role:

• The Embassy being resident in the United States help to aggressively promote tourism in an efficient and effective manner and in a larger scale since it is the only Embassy in North America and also covers South America thus the issuance of visas and travel information make it easy for tourist to travel to Swaziland.
• The government of the United States has always assisted Swaziland with various programs such as sending Swazi nationals abroad every year to further their studies especially at Masters and PHD level mainly through the Fulbright and Humphrey scholarships.  It also provides the country with technical expertise in the field of education under the USAID development and the exchange programs.
• Swaziland is exporting sugar which is our ‘Swazi gold’ and citrus fruits to the United States under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) program.
• The Coca-Cola plant which is the largest in Africa is the benefit of commercial diplomacy to the balance of payments.
• The Embassy being resident in Washington DC has benefited Swaziland from the multilateral diplomacy in that the government of the Kingdom of Swaziland receives technical and financial support from the World Bank/IMF.  By and large, the USA is the major shareholder for the African Development Bank (ADB) and towards this background, in this economic crisis in Swaziland, and in recognition of the cordial relations that subsist between the two countries and under the auspices of our Foreign Policy, the country stands to benefit from such.
• The Embassy had joined other Embassies in DC some years back to negotiate a trade preference program known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which was finally launched by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and thus Swaziland was and still is amongst the beneficiaries of this program.  Again, it should be noted that AGOA is solely negotiated by Ambassadors in DC which again requires a resident embassy. All AGOA beneficiary countries are those who have resident in the United States and in Swaziland, AGOA draws a workforce of about 15000.00 of which mostly are women which in turn promotes their empowerment.
• The Embassy, with the Embassy of Lesotho and Malawi in Washington negotiated the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2008 – which saw Swaziland receiving an increase in funding. This negotiation is the American tool that helps the government to fight against AIDS.
• The Embassy played a pivotal role in 2009 when the country was ranked Tier3 under the Trafficking in Persons.  It was ‘Public Diplomacy’ at its best when the Embassy became the chief negotiator and the country was moved from Tier 3 to Tier2 and not under ‘watch list’ and thus benefited from being sanctioned.
• In 2010 the Embassy was tasked with a new mandate to shift from political diplomacy to economic diplomacy. Of note, the mission  would like to state clearly that due to economic status and the financial quagmire that buffeted the country it rendered the embassy ineffective in properly fulfilling its goals and objectives.  This is due to fact most of the potential investors are outside of Washington DC, as is known fact that Washington DC is inundated with lobbyists.  However, in spite of all these militating factors, the mission is trying every possible means to get investors to go invest in Swaziland.

With the Embassy being resident in the United States which is established under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the cordial relations that subsist between the two countries, tangible results have always been realized and the United States assists Swaziland with a number of  HIV/AIDS initiatives and programs implemented through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  Peace Corps, African Development Foundation, the Department of Labour and the Department of Defense. In addition, the U.S. supports small enterprise development, education, military training, institutional and human resources development, agricultural development, and trade capacity building.  The U.S. is also the largest bilateral donor to the Global Fund, Swaziland’s principal HIV/AIDS funding source.






 The Chancery's Countries of Accreditation:


Malaysia; Brunei Darussalam; Japan; Thailand; Indonesia; Philippines; South Korea.

Bangladesh; India; Sri Lanka; Pakistan

Australia; Tonga Kingdom and New Zealand

Swaziland 's Bilateral Relations and Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Kingdom of Swaziland enjoys tremendous political and economic Goodwill in this Region. This is evidenced by the on-going and current qualitative projects that mark Swaziland's bilateral relations with the above friendly countries. It may also be asserted for further foreign policy considerations and diplomatic analysis that such bilateral relations and projects are taking place in the aftermath and precautious policy views resulting from the global economic crisis.

 Administration - The Mission remain dedicated at handling its regional mandate to safeguard the Kingdom's National interests. Encouraging is the positive build-up of the Kingdom's healthy bilateral relations and the on-going projects and cooperation in Swaziland. However,  much remains to be done and Government's support remain essential to this Mission. Stakes remain high during these years of global economic crisis and its effect in the SADC Region and beyond.




The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Ambassador to the United Nations is also accredited to the following countries: the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and Mexico. However, due to lack of funds he has not been able to officially present his credentials to some of these Heads of states. This has also made it difficult to engage in bilateral consultations with these states. A number of countries have made proposals for the establishment of Diplomatic Relations with the Kingdom of Swaziland.



The Forty-Ninth Session of the Commission for Social Development was held from 09 to 19 February, 2011. The Commission was addressed by a keynote speaker on the priority theme of poverty eradication, and convened two high-level panel discussions: one on the priority theme, and the other on the emerging issue of “Social protection”. In recognition of the priority theme “Poverty eradication” for its forty-ninth and fiftieth sessions, the Commission invited the independent expert on human rights and extreme poverty of the Human Rights Council to address it and engage in a dialogue. In connection with its review of relevant United Nations plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups, the Special Rapporteur on Disability also presented his report.


The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held its 55th session in New York from 22 February to 04 March and a Resumed Session on 14 March, 2011. The priority theme was “Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work. “ The review theme was “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.”


The Commission on Population and Development held its 44th Session from 11 to 15 April, 2011. The theme was “Fertility, reproductive health and development”.  The theme centered on the relationship between high-fertility, high maternal and child mortality and high incidence of extreme poverty.


The Nineteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD – 19), was held from May 2nd to 13th, 2011. The theme was “Policy Options and Practical Measures to Expedite Implementation in Transport, Chemicals, Waste management, Mining and a 10-year Framework of Programmes on sustainable Consumption and Production.

Open-Ended meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) on the Implementation of the Programme of action to prevent, combat and eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its aspects – 09-13 May 2011. Member States converged in view of their substantive discussions on the themes of marking, record-keeping and cooperation in tracing as well as the cross-cutting themes of national frameworks, regional cooperation and international assistance and capacity-building which were identified as the core themes for the MGE.


The Non Aligned Movement held its 16th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting in Bali, Indonesia on 23rd to 27th May 2011. The Mission was not able to attend the meeting owing to the prevailing fiscal malaise affecting Government. However, all was not lost because the Swaziland High Commission in Kuala Lumpur managed to represent Swaziland in this meeting. Fiji and Azerbaijan were admitted as new members of the Non Aligned Movement.


The mandate of the Consulate office in Johannesburg, South Africa among others is to:

• promote trade, investment, tourism and culture
• assist and protect Swazi nationals working, living and visiting South Africa
• build strong ties between Swaziland and South Africa


The Consulate Office receive a number of enquires relating to trading and investment opportunities in Swaziland. These enquires are received either by phone, e-mail, face to face and attending seminars and workshops. As a result the Consulate Office attends a number of trade and investment seminars in Gauteng, KZN and Mpumalanga provinces.


The Consulate Office attended the annual tourism Indaba in Durban, KZN held on the 6th May 2011 to 10th May 2011 joining the delegation from Swaziland led by the Honourable  Minister of Tourism and Environment. The theme for the Indaba 2011 was “Innovation and Creativity”.


The Consulate office was invited and attended the KZN Committed Artist Arts and Culture launch held on the 1st April 2011. The Consulate office also received a number of enquiries in the promotion of Swazi culture.


During the period under review, six (6) Swazi Nationals were assisted by the Consulate offices after being stranded for various reasons including cars being stolen while in Johannesburg.


In the recent past, two (2) groups calling themselves the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) and Swaziland Democracy Campaign (SDC) picketed outside our offices on 1st April 2011 and 15 May 2011 and delivered a petition. Their demands were forwarded to the High Commission’s office in Pretoria. The Consulate office also observed the 2011 Local Government elections in Gauteng and Mpumalanga areas.

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