Swaziland Economic Outlook

  • Economic growth remains subdued and is estimated to have slowed down in 2016 to -0.6%, mainly due to two factors, severe drought and fiscal pressures; while prospects will be sluggish in 2017 and 2018.
  • The political scene has continued to be relatively stable since the September 2013 elections, but the country’s ranking in participation and human rights remains low.
  • Swaziland possesses a prominent industrial sector with a limited level of entrepreneurship that can be enhanced through a comprehensive industrial policy to develop local entrepreneurs and create productive employment for the citizens.

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Key Facts

Capital: Mbabane
Area: 17,000 sq km
Total Population 2017: 1.3 Million
Urban Population 2017: 73.50%
Female Population 2017: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 3.3 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 3,230
Inflation Rate: 110.69%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 28.50%
Human Development Index (rank / 188): 148
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.541
Membership Date: 26/07/1971
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2016): UA 390.4 Million

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