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Swaziland

The small, landlocked kingdom of Swaziland grew well in the 1990s – 3.4% per annum (1990-2000) – but has seen economic growth stagnate in the 2000s. Swaziland has a GNI per capita of US$ 2,860  and GDP growth has been 0.8% per annum. Apart from the exception of a small border with Mozambique, the country is almost entirely surrounded by South Africa, upon which it is heavily dependent for its imports (90%) and exports (60%). In the long term the country has one of the best growth records in Africa, but a heavy dependence on soft drink concentrate, sugar cane and on South Africa, makes the economy vulnerable.

Swaziland is endowed with rich cultural heritage, scenic beauty, rich soils and natural resources; Swaziland truly leaves up to the adage that “dynamite comes in small packages. A strong financial services sectors backed by a sound regulatory and legal framework, excellent market access, an educated and vibrant labour pool and many other attributes are some of the attractions in the country.

Opportunties

Mining

  • Thermal power generation
  • Stone Quarrying stones
  • Potential to supply vibrant construction industry.
  • Small deposits possessing swa6

Agriculture

  • Peanut Butter Production
  • Processed Meat
  • Baby vegetables
  • Vegetable drying
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Tomato sauce production
  • Cassava Processing and Starch
  • Tobacco Growing
  • Fruit, vegetable preservation and bottling
  • Bottling (preservation) of pickles and chutneys
  • Bottling of jams and jellies
  • Processing of beans and other legumes
  • Dairy products (e.g. Yoghurts, custards) and ice bottling of spring-water and flavoured spring water
  • Juice squeezing (fresh juice from oranges, grapefruits
    Manufacturing

Electronic components manufacture and assembly

  • Manufacture of automobile spare parts
  • Processing of hides and skins (Leather goods and footwear)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Furniture and other timber-related manufacturing

Tourism

  • Development of a state-of-the-art government owned ICC
  • Development of a golf estate, casino and supporting facilities
  • A holiday housing estate to cater for (mainly foreign) holidaymakers mostly foreign

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