Bilateral relations with Swaziland
There are regular contacts at government and civil-society level, providing a platform for an exchange of views on bilateral relations, Swaziland’s development, human rights, environmental, climate and energy issues and other topics of mutual interest.
Enlarge image Women in colorful traditional dresses (© Women in colorful traditional dresses) Development cooperation has long been a cornerstone of bilateral relations. Development cooperation with Swaziland encompassed the following sectors: agriculture, power generation and distribution, rehabilitation of the Matsapha business park near Manzini, rural health care and technical and industrial training. From 1968 to 2000, Germany made available a total of 112.5 million Euro (of which Financial Cooperation comprised 59.8 million Euro while Technical Cooperation comprised 32.2 million Euro; churches, foundations, private sponsors: 9.7 million Euro; scholarships: 3.1 million Euro; food aid, other: 7.7 million Euro).
Since 2000, development cooperation with Swaziland has been gradually phased out, one reason being that Swaziland has been categorized as a ‘lower middle-income country’ according to World Bank figures. Even today, Germany remains one of the largest development partners as the principal contributor to the European Union budget (11th European Development Fund) and its development cooperation with Swaziland.
Enlarge image Grandmother with child (© picture-alliance/dpa) In November 2006, a government delegation from Swaziland headed by Prime Minister Themba Dlamini was in Germany for political talks. King Mswati III last paid an official visit to Germany in April 2000, travelling to several federal states in an effort to attract German investment. In spring 2007, King Mswati III paid a private visit to Germany. Former German Minister Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin visited Swaziland in September 2013.