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Why Invest in Swaziland
Swaziland is envied for her strategic location in Southern Africa. The country is able to reach regional markets hassle-free, and on top of that boasts one of the best infrastructures in Africa. There are inter-linkages in telecommunications, rail and road networks, which connect with SADC, COMESA regions and beyond. Exporting products from Swaziland is made easier by the proximity of seaports from neighboring countries. The Durban and Richards Bay seaports are just 600km and 400km away from Swaziland, respectively.
Comprehensively, Swaziland offers investors the following:
- Investment protection
- Investor safety
- Strategic location
- Good market access
- Comparatively low cost base
- Attractive investment incentives
- Safe, secure, stable and profitable business environment
- Superb physical infrastructure
- Developed financial services sector
- Educated, skilled, and readily available workforce
- Institutional support
Such immediacy to the seaports makes it easy to import machinery, raw materials and basic inputs for production. An advantage to such is the capabilities of train operations in Swaziland. The country’s rail infrastructure operates both vacuum and airbrake trains. Currently, the airbrake trains are 75-80 wagons with gross tonnage of about 6,000, and the vacuum trains have a maximum of 40 wagons per train. The trains utilize a Track Warrant System (TWS) – a computer based communication system.
The availability of fully serviced industrial sites and purpose-built factory shells for rental at competitive rates has made Swaziland a right choice investment destination in the region. Exporters in Swaziland are afforded an efficient external trade mechanism within SACU, which includes an automatic duty-exemption system based on bonded warehouse arrangements. Being a landlocked country, Swaziland has established an Inland Dry Port, which provides exporters a hassle-free customs clearance.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 August 2011 )
The Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA) was created through an Act of Parliament, the Swaziland Investment Promotion Act 1998 and was formally launched in April of the same year. SIPA is a Category A Public Enterprise and is wholly funded by the Government of Swaziland, with initial assistance from the European Union.
Swaziland Fact Sheet
Mbabane (administrative); 70,000
Lobamba (legislative and royal); 4,400Area
17,363 square kilometers
(6,704 square miles)Language
Indigenous beliefs, Christianity, Roman Catholic, Muslim GDP per Capita
U.S. $3,565Literacy Percent