WTO lauds eSwatini’s development initiatives

eSwatini King Mswati III is congratulated by WTO DG, Roberto Azevêdo.

Following recent news that eSwatini is taking big strides towards independence from Eskom for 80% of its electricity, particularly with the announcement that it is awaiting tenders for building a 40-megawatt solar plant, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has added its voice to recognition of the kingdom’s initiatives.

Yesterday the director-general of the WTO, Roberto Azevêdo, sat down with King Mswati III to discuss “recent initiatives on trade as well as the importance of the multilateral trading system as an engine for development”.

The DG noted among other things that “eSwatini has been enhancing its engagement in trade both regionally and multilaterally”.

Aspects of regional and global trade regime compliance that Azevêdo singled out included eSwatini’s ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area and its membership of the Southern African Customs Union.

To this he added the country’s WTO participation and its efforts to overcome landlocked-related logistical challenges within the SADC region.

By doing so, Azevêdo said, “eSwatini has underlined the importance of trade and development”.


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