Eswatini on track to strong growth - AfDB

The African Development Bank has issued a positive report card to the Kingdom of Eswatini following a recent consultative mission to the southern African nation.

A delegation of nine directors met with Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini and several members of his cabinet – and during their three-day visit held consultative meetings with the private sector, civil society organisations, development partners, project beneficiaries, the media and ordinary citizens.

They also visited two projects funded by the bank - Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project Phase I, and the Ezulwini Sustainable Water and Sanitation Service Delivery Project.

“The bank will strive to build on the successes it has seen in agriculture and infrastructure, to scale up the development efforts, as well as increase support in other sectors such as governance and technical assistance,” executive director David Stevenson added.

Currently, the bank’s portfolio in Eswatini comprises eight ongoing projects totalling approximately US$ 238.7 million, spread across the agriculture, transport and water supply/sanitation sectors.

Infrastructure remained a prime sector for future bank investments in the country as well as broadening opportunities for private sector-led growth, he added.

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