The Kingdom of Eswatini is a small, landlocked country covering a total area of 17,364 km² and is located in the southern part of Africa bordered by the Republic of Mozambique to the east and the rest by the Republic of South Africa. Known as the Switzerland of Africa, Eswatini comprises magnificent mountain scenery with unique, ancient rock formations, which are a source of fascination for geologists, scholars and visitors.
The agricultural sector is the main source of income for more than 70 % of Swazis, particularly in the rural areas. The sector also plays an important role in providing raw materials for the largely agro-based manufacturing industries. Swaziland’s economic situation remains precarious mainly due to significantly reduced revenue from the traditional sources. Forecasts indicate GDP growth of 2% for 2010, however, the GDP is expected to decline in 2011/12 with among other factors, forced reduced government expenditure impacting across the board. Contributing to the slight improvement of 2010 are growth in the agricultural, retail and transport and communications sectors coupled with improved performance by South Africa, the market for more than half of Swaziland’s exports.
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