Eswatini is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is landlocked, with a land surface of approximately 17 00 square kilometres, and, is bordered primarily by South Africa and with a shorter border shared with Mozambique. Its population is estimated to be approximately 1.2 million persons.
Eswatini is a member of the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), Southern African Customs union (SACU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Its economic profile is summarized below: The economy is primarily agro based, with agriculture employing at least 70% of the labour force. Key agriculture exports include sugar and wood pulp. The manufacturing sector though predominantly agro based is the main driver of the Swazi economy, accounting for 42.3% of GDP, with services contributing to about 55% of GDP and agriculture at 8%. The manufacturing sector consists primarily of four export-oriented industries: wood pulp production, drink processing, fruit canning, textile production and sugar processing, with sugar being the main export revenue earner.
The Private sector is represented by the Federation of Eswatini Employers and Chamber of Commerce (FSE&CC). This is an employer and business organization that is recognized by businesses, organized labour, government and the international community. As the voice of business in Swaziland, the objectives of the organization are:
- Design, propose and contribute to the promotion and implementation of a policy of private sector development;
- to promote and protect the interests of its members; and
- to encourage industrial harmony, productivity and prosperity for all
Founded in 2003 as a result of a merger, the Federation of Eswatini Employers and Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of products and services specifically designed to deliver sophisticated business development solutions to corporate Swaziland. Other services provided include consultation and advice on industrial relations and other legal matters, employment issues, trade facilitation, training, occupational health and safety, publications and research, and representation on statutory and non-statutory bodies. The organization has been quite successful in the delivery of training and development solutions to a wide array of companies and organizations, and in developing applied business research solutions in the fields of marketing, human resource management and strategic management. Services Provided.
Private Sector Associations in Burundi
- Training and development solutions;
- Business advisory services;
- Applied business research solutions; and
- Representation services.
Private Sector Participation
- Federation of the Swaziland Chamber of Commerce and Employers Federation www.business-swaziland.com
- Federation of Swazi Business Community www.fesbc.org
- Swaziland Sugar Association www.ssa.co.sz
- Swaziland Dairy Board www.dairyboard.co.sz
- Swaziland Citrus Board