SA fully behind Eswatini in Special Economic Zones, vision 2022
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.