Swaziland
  • US: Swazi King Mswati expresses commitment to implementing SDGs
    21 september 2017 07:02:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing his country’s commitment to implementing the SDGs, King Mswati III of Swaziland, on Wednesday highlighted national initiatives to mainstream and localise the global development goals through awareness raising, consultations and education at all levels. Full text...
  • Swaziland: IMF advises Swaziland to put in place bold structural reforms
    12 september 2017 08:50:21
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) – Despite Swaziland’s middle-income status, structural impediments have hindered private investment and kept unemployment high, contributing to persistently elevated poverty and income inequality, according to the latest assessment by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • Swaziland: UNAIDS congratulates Swaziland on viral load suppression among adults living with HIV
    24 july 2017 16:07:37
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has congratulated the Kingdom of Swaziland on the findings of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) announced by the Swazi Prime Minister, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, on Monday. Full text...
  • Zambia: Zambian President off to Swaziland on state visit
    18 july 2017 13:51:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday left for Swaziland on a 2-day state visit, at the invitation of his counterpart, King Mswati III. Full text...
  • 2018 CHAN qualifier: Swaziland brace up for Zambia test
    11 july 2017 15:49:03
    Lobamba, Swaziland (PANA) - Swaziland coach, Pieter De Jongh’s future will depend on the outcome of his team's performance in second-round, first-leg qualifier against Zambia on Sunday in Lobamba, a prelude to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Kenya. Full text...
  • Swaziland: Swazi economy rolls in challenging environment
    19 june 2017 19:00:27
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - Following a prolonged drought in 2016 and a sharp decline in revenue from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Swaziland faces a challenging economic environment, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that on Monday completed a 12-day visit to the southern Africa country. Full text...
  • Nigeria: Swazi, Ugandan clubs create CAF records
    17 april 2017 14:31:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In qualifying for the group stage of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup at the weekend, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) of Uganda wrote their names in the CAF history books when they became the first teams in their countries to reach that stage. Full text...
  • Swaziland: 2016 drought weighs heavily on Swaziland's growth - IMF
    14 december 2016 17:58:33
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - This year's severe drought in Swaziland is projected to weigh heavily on the country's growth and inflation, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team that this week completed a 10-day visit to the southern Africa country, said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...
  • US: Senior US official to visit Swaziland, Botswana
    27 september 2016 06:05:31
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is to Swaziland and Botswana from 28 September - 2 October, the US Department of State has announced.Full text...
  • UN: Swazi PM says global integration vital for SDGs, climate change pact
    24 september 2016 19:11:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini on Saturday said although the UN was forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, but there is need for more global integration, in order to transform the world and achieve the desired results. Full text...
  • UN: Swaziland ratifies comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty
    22 september 2016 14:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), becoming the 165th nation to do so, and its instrument of ratification was deposited at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Italy: IFAD helps Swazi farmers combat drought, boost nutrition security
    17 february 2016 07:36:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – Swaziland and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement on Tuesday to finance an initiative that will improve food and nutrition security and increase the incomes of 10,900 households, in particular smallholder farmers living in Lubombo and Shiselweni regions of the southern Africa country where drought has been most severe. Full text...
  • Kenya: IFAD helps Swaziland boost food security
    16 february 2016 13:18:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kingdom of Swaziland and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed an agreement to finance the Smallholder Market-led Project (SMLP), the UN Agency said in a press statement Tuesday.Full text...
  • Tanzania: IMF points out development challenges facing Swaziland
    11 december 2015 07:17:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Swaziland to make stronger efforts to promote more inclusive growth through greater private sector development in order to overcome its development challenges, compounded by high unemployment, poverty and prevalence of HIV. Full text...
  • Cote d'Ivoire: ACCF assists climate finance readiness in Cape Verde, Kenya, Swaziland
    23 october 2015 14:01:44
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) announced Friday approval of three projects totalling US$1.35 million to enhance the readiness of Cape Verde, Kenya and Swaziland to mobilize climate finance, necessary to achieve national sustainable development goals. Full text...
  • Swaziland: Weakened regional outlook impacts on Swaziland's growth - IMF
    06 october 2015 08:06:36
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - Though manufacturing, construction and the wholesale and retail sectors have partly supported Swaziland's growth rebound after the 2010-11 fiscal crisis, the country's development challenges continue, with high unemployment and poverty, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team that has just completed a two-week mission here. Full text...
  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes release of journalist in Swaziland
    30 june 2015 19:32:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday welcomed the decision by Swaziland Supreme Court to release journalist Bheki Makhubu after spending 15 months in jail. Full text...
  • South Africa: Govt. urged to intervene in Swazi human rights lawyer's confinement
    26 march 2015 13:38:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) on Thursday expressed shock and dismay at reports that jailed Swazi human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, has been placed in solitary confinement at the Big Bend Prison for a period of three weeks. Full text...
  • Zambia: 'Renewable energy key to Swaziland’s socio-economic development'
    19 march 2015 11:14:47
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has said developing Swaziland’s vast renewable energy resources would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for its population. Full text...
  • Kenya: Swaziland moving towards commercial farming, says FAO
    27 august 2014 13:24:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a major effort to revitalize agriculture in Swaziland, the government, the European Union (EU) and the FAO have helped over 20,000 smallholder farmers produce more, higher-quality food. Full text...
  • US: America reacts to Swazi PM's threat to labour, civil society leaders
    09 august 2014 15:10:56
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - Reacting to what it called "threatening remarks by Swazi Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, towards Swazi labour and civil society leaders who participated in the US-Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington this week, the US State government said "Such remarks have a chilling effect on labour and civil rights in the Kingdom of Swaziland." Full text...
  • South Africa: Media groups slam jailing of journo, lawyer in Swaziland
    28 july 2014 13:02:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Prominent media groups have slammed the Swaziland High Court’s decision to sentence one of the kingdom’s leading editors and a human rights lawyer to two-year prison terms. Full text...
  • Nigeria: US dismayed by harsh sentencing of Swazi Human Rights lawyer, journalist
    26 july 2014 10:04:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US is deeply dismayed by the sentencing of human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, to two years in jail without the option of parole for a contempt of court conviction for publishing an article critical of the High Court of Swaziland. Full text...
  • South Africa: SA university slams Swaziland’s judiciary
    23 july 2014 08:41:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday urged the South African government to exert pressure on Swaziland to ensure that its former student, Thulani Maseko, is released from prison. Full text...
  • South Africa: CPJ condemns journo's conviction
    18 july 2014 11:50:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Thursday's convictions for contempt of court of an editor and lawyer in Swaziland.Full text...
  • US: UN experts denounce detention, trial of human rights defenders in Swaziland
    12 june 2014 16:31:49
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent UN experts on Thursday voiced serious concerns at the arrest, detention and prosecution of human rights lawyer, Mr. Thulani Maseko, and the editor-in-chief of The Nation magazine, Mr. Bheki Makhubu, in Swaziland. Full text...
  • Rwanda: Uganda, Seychelles, Swaziland get US$1.3 m for Climate Smart Agriculture
    02 may 2014 18:28:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has signed an agreement, worth US$ 1.3 million, with the governments of Uganda, Seychelles and Swaziland to scale up their Climate Smart Agriculture, PANA reported Friday, quoting official sources here. Full text...
  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Swazi editor, lawyer
    11 april 2014 15:45:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called on Swazi authorities to ''immediately release'' detained editor Bheki Makhubu, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, Full text...
  • Kenya: Amnesty demands release of detained Swazi scribe, lawyer
    19 march 2014 17:00:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tuesday's unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the kingdom’s intolerance of freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. Full text...
  • 'US remains committed to working with Swaziland to fight AIDS'
    06 september 2013 08:46:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has restated its commitment to working with Swaziland to fight HIV/AIDS in the African country, where the disease poses a major challenge to socio-economic development, Full text...
  • EU, FAO’s efforts to revitalise Swazi agric gather steam
    21 september 2012 13:00:43
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - Rural farmers in Swaziland are starting to reap the fruits of a comprehensive effort by the government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), with the support of the European Union (EU), to reverse the country's declining agricultural productivity.Full text...
  • US greets Swaziland on National Day
    04 september 2012 15:46:13
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The US on Tuesday congratulated the government and people of Swaziland on the African country's 44th Independence anniversary, to be marked 6 Sept. Full text...
  • ANC takes aim at Swazi monarch
    15 april 2011 08:39:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday reacted to the violent suppression of protests in Swaziland, calling for moves towards democratisation. Full text...
  • Swaziland authorities must end violent crackdown - AI
    14 april 2011 10:38:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) Thursday condemned the use by the Swaziland authorities of state of emergency-style measures to crush peaceful anti-government protests taking place across the country and urged the authorities to return to the rule of law. Full text...
  • SADC's intervention sought to halt govt terror in Swaziland
    13 april 2011 12:58:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) has called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to act decisively to halt what it called the Swazi government’s campaign of terror against its own citizens, following Tuesday’s violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and brutal attacks on innocent people in Swaziland. Full text...
  • Swaziland prince threatens journos reporting 'bad things about the country'
    27 july 2010 12:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday cond emned death threats and outrageous claims made last week by a member of Swaziland's royal family against local journalists over their critical coverage of the country's leadership. Full text...
  • Zimbabwe beats Swaziland in CHAN qualifier
    15 march 2010 11:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe beat Swaziland 2-1 Sunday in an opening quali fying match of the 2011 African Nations Championships. Full text...
  • Swaziland drafts bill to regulate broadcasting industry
    13 march 2010 09:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Swaziland has launched a Communications Commiss ion Draft Bill 2009 to regulate the broadcasting sector in the southern African c ountry, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reported Saturday. Full text...
  • Swazi police officers to train in Zimbabwe
    12 february 2010 14:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A group of police officers from Swaziland has arrived in Zimbabwe for specialist training as part of a regional effort to tighten and c o-ordinate policing ahead of the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa in June. Full text...
  • IMF urges Swazi authorities to make speedy fiscal adjustments
    03 december 2009 19:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) â" The International -Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednes day urged authorities in Swaziland to immediately embark on fiscal adjustments i n order to maintain confidence in its current monetary arrangement and avoid a po s sible unsustainable debt. Full text...
  • Zambian President visits Swaziland
    28 august 2009 14:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Rupiah Banda begins a two-day official visit to Swaziland on Friday at the invitation of King Mswati, PANA reported. Full text...
  • Queen of Swaziland supports orphans in Burundi
    17 august 2009 19:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Queen of Swaziland, Nomsa Matsebula, on Monday d istributed blankets, clothes and toys to 115 children of an orphanage in the nor t h-western periphery of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, PANA reported from her e . Full text...
  • Queen of Swaziland supports orphans in Burundi
    17 august 2009 18:36:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Queen of Swaziland, Nomsa Matsebula, on Monday d istributed blankets, clothes and toys to 115 children of an orphanage in the nor t h-western periphery of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, PANA reported from her e . Full text...
  • EU signs partial EPA with three southern African countries
    06 june 2009 08:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland signed with the Europ ean Union some interim free-trade agreements compatible with the rules set by th e World Trade Organisation (WTO), European official sources in Brussels said Frid a y. Full text...
  • Swazi unions seek international support for democracy
    15 may 2009 21:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Swazi workers are seeking su-pport from international labou r organizations and civil society groups to bring pressure to bear on the King t o embrace democratic change. Full text...
  • President Banda travels to Swaziland for SADC summit
    29 march 2009 11:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President Rupiah Banda was due to leave Lusaka on Sunday for Swaziland at the head of the Zambian delegation to the extra-ordinary summit of the Southern African Developm ent Community (SADC), scheduled for Monday in Mbabane. Full text...
  • SADC condemns Madagascar coup
    20 march 2009 17:34:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) ha s unequivocally condemned the coup d’etat that ousted the President of Madagasca r , Marc Ravalomanana, and has threatened sanctions against the man who seized pow e r, Antananarivo mayor, Andry Rajoelina. Full text...
  • Swaziland urges end to sanctions against Zimbabwe
    13 march 2009 10:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Swaziland on Friday urged Western powers to lift sanct ions imposed on Zimbabwe to help a new coalition government in the country to revive the shattered econom y. Full text...
  • Swaziland urged to join global court
    09 may 2008 17:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) - a global network of more than 2,500 civil society organizations - Friday called on Kingdom of Swaziland "to accede to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, without delay. Full text...
  • Morocco helps Swaziland to cope with effects of drought
    20 august 2007 20:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan government will grant Swaziland financial assistance to ameliorate effects of the perennial drought affecting a huge chunk of the population in the landlocked Southern African country, the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation revealed here Monday. Full text...

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