Eswatini minister of economic planning and development visits Taiwan

19-Feb-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Thambo Gina, minister of economic planning and development for the Kingdom of eSwatini, Taiwan’s only diplomatic ally in Africa, arrived in Taiwan Sunday for a five-day-visit to enhance bilateral cooperation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Making his first trip to Taiwan, Gina is scheduled to visit a series of government agencies involved in bilateral economic and trade relations, including the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Council of Agriculture, and TaiwanICDF, a government-funded agency that runs the country’s foreign aid programme, said the MOFA statement.

He will also visit the National Palace Museum and Taipei Lantern Festival to gain a first hand understanding of the nation’s diverse culture, it noted.

Another main purpose for Gina’s visit is to host a business opportunity briefing to welcome Taiwanese investment to eSwatini’s Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP), the ministry said, adding that a bilateral Economic Cooperation Agreement (ECA) between Taiwan and eSwatini took effect in December 2018.

According to RSTP’s website, the kingdom passed the Royal Science and Technology Act in 2012 which led to the park being established as an official institution the same year.

The aim of the RSTP is to provide support for basic research and innovation. In doing so, the park adopts a coherent approach to maximising the innovation dividend, it noted.

According to the Bureau of Foreign Trade, eSwatini is Taiwan’s 156th largest trade partner, with bilateral trade of around $7.56 million in 2017.


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