SA fully be­hind Eswatini in Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones, vi­sion 2022

Observer on Saturday - - News -

South Africa ex­tended an olive branch to the coun­try by pro­vid­ing to as­sist in the es­tab­lish­ment and sus­te­nance of the coun­try’s Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones.

South Africa’s act­ing High Com­mis­sioner to Eswatini, Cur­tis Singo, on Thurs­day ap­plauded the coun­try for sign­ing leg­is­la­tion on the es­tab­lish­ment of the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones while dis­clos­ing that it was his coun­try’s con­vic­tion that this is a pos­i­tive step to re­alise eco­nomic growth hence as South Africa they stand ready to lend a hand in this re­gard.

“We do so con­scious of the div­i­dends the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones pro­vides with muted bil­lions of in­vest­ments on the cards. Th­ese eco­nomic ini­tia­tives and as­pi­ra­tions cen­tre our 24th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of free­dom with the new dawn driv­ing our eco­nomic, so­cial and de­vel­op­men­tal agenda. All of us here, have an op­por­tu­nity whilst di­gest­ing the new dawn, to ask if we are ready to lend a hands to the eco­nomic devel­op­ment agenda of our two coun­tries as we en­ter the re­newal era of do­ing things dif­fer­ently,” said Singo.

The act­ing high com­mis­sioner then thanked Eswatini for the sup­port the coun­try ex­tended to South Africa dur­ing those dif­fi­cult times when they fought for their free­dom which even­tu­ally came at a hefty price.

He said with a deep un­der­stand­ing of the deep­rooted cor­dial re­la­tions dat­ing back to their days of lib­er­a­tion strug­gle both coun­tries should strive to build a bet­ter life for their peo­ple through eco­nomic and devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

He noted that this his­tory was es­sen­tial to­day as both coun­tries make ef­forts to ad­dress so­ciale­co­nomic chal­lenges faced by the peo­ple of both coun­tries.

He al­luded to the South African Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan vi­sion 2030 aimed at ad­dress­ing high level of in­equal­i­ties, poverty and un­em­ploy­ment.

“It is in the same vein that we ap­plaud the King­dom of Eswatini in par­tic­u­lar His Majesty King Mswati III for the progress in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the King­dom’s vi­sion 2022. In this re­gard, we firmly stand be­hind the King­dom’s so­cio-eco­nomic agenda which res­onate with our Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan (NDP), AU Agenda 2063 and the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs). To­gether as neigh­bours, side by side we ought to sup­port each other in en­sur­ing that de­vel­op­men­tal goals of the re­gion are achieved,” he added.

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