Welcome to Swaziland
The Hon. Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
Prime Minister, Swaziland
It is a very great pleasure for me, on behalf of His Majesty King Mswati III, the Queen Mother, the Government of Swaziland and the entire Swazi nation, to welcome all readers to this, the country portal for Swaziland in the Commonwealth of Nations website.
Being a member of the Commonwealth – this family of 53 separate, sovereign nations – is the source of great pride to our country. Through its commitment to eradicate poverty, ignorance and disease, the Commonwealth has created a vibrant code for its member states. It ranks as one of the most substantial organisations in the world with a membership of countries comprising more than a third of the world’s population.
Whilst only a very small part of the 31 million square kilometres that is the combined area of Commonwealth countries, Swaziland’s commitment is as great as any member nation. The framework of common goals and values are the source of inspiration to our country. We respect and are greatly motivated by the common pursuit of world peace and individual liberties, of equality and opposition to racism. Swaziland remains fully committed to supporting and implementing the guiding principles of the Commonwealth. This family of nations has evolved in a spirit of mutual commitment and harmony, showing firmness and fairness when any member breaches the Harare Declaration.
Swaziland – the land of the Swazi people – is a small country but what it lacks in physical size it makes up in warmth and welcome. It is a land blessed with a picturesque, highly varied landscape and a rich, attractive culture. The Swazis are a people proud of their reputation for harmony, both social and musical. The country has an excellent infrastructure and reliable communications system. Its educated workforce is known for its high labour productivity. In common with many countries that need to increase the numbers in permanent employment, Swaziland welcomes foreign investment to its open and competitive economy, recognising the value of new capital and skills.