Swaziland Economic Outlook

  • Economic growth is estimated to have slowed down in 2014 to 2.5% and inflationary pressures increased, with prospects in 2015 and 2016 remaining lacklustre as performance of the export sector could decline if access to preferential trading agreements is lost.
  • On the political front, relative calm continues to prevail after the September 2013 elections, but the country’s ranking in participation and human rights remains low.
  • There are remarkable divergences in the availability of social and economic amenities among the urban and rural areas, underscoring the need for the government to ensure that opportunities to promote inclusive growth are put in place for the benefit of all Swazis.


Southern Africa Resource Center (SARC)

African Development Bank Group
339 Witch-Hazel Avenue
Highveld Ext. 78
Centurion, South Africa

Tel: +27 12 003 6900

Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Officer-in-Charge

Key Facts

Capital: Mbabane
Area: 17,000 sq km
Total Population 2015: 1.3 Million
Urban Population 2015: 21.16%
Female Population 2015: 50.67%
GDP: US$ 3.3 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 2,860
Inflation Rate: 5.68%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 29.87%
Human Development Index (rank / 187): 141
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.536
Membership Date: 26/07/1971
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2015): UA 347.1 Million

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