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Canada and Eswatini have maintained diplomatic relations since the Kingdom of Eswatini attained independence in 1968. Canada-Eswatini relations are anchored by our shared Commonwealth ties. Canada is represented in Eswatini by our High Commission in Maputo, Mozambique. Eswatini manages its relations with Canada from its High Commission in Washington, D.C.
Canada’s interests in Eswatini relate to promoting the rule of law and the establishment of a constitutional environment that respects human rights and fosters democratic development, as well as helping to address the serious challenges of poverty and disease.
The Eswatini market may present opportunities for Canadian business and investors in the ag-business and renewable energy sectors. In 2021, two-way bilateral merchandise trade totalled $3.2 million, with Canadian exports to Eswatini worth $1.3 million and Canadian imports totalling $1.9 million.
In addition to Canadian civil society initiatives, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supports local Swazi organizations that promote inclusive governance, human dignity and gender equality.
The Government of Canada is also a strong supporter of the multilateral system and regional programs that benefit Eswatini. For example, Canada is among the top donors to the Global Partnership for Education, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, along with the African Development Bank and the World Bank.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Eswatini work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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