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Canada-Eswatini fact sheet

Official Title:
Kingdom of Eswatini

General Information

Capital: Mbabane
Population (million): 1.14
Total Area: 17,363km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 10.87 Lilangeni (SZL) (2021- Annual average)
National Holiday: 6 September, Independence Day
Language(s): English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati

Political Information

Type of State:
Absolute Monarchy

Type of Government:
Executive: The monarchy is hereditary. The Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch. Legislative: Bicameral Parliament (Libandla) – House of Assembly (up to 76 members). The king may legislate by decree.

Head of State:
King Mswati III

Head of Government:

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Thulisile Dladla
Commerce, Industry and Trade: Manqoba Khumalo
Finance: Neal Rijkenberg

Main Political Parties:
Candidates for elected office must be approved by the king. Political parties are not allowed. The following are considered political associations: African United Democratic Party (AUDP), Ngwane National Liberation Congress (NNLC), People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA)

Elections:
Last: 2018 (legislative-lower and upper house). Next: 2023 (legislative-lower and upper house).

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Eswatini Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 5.93 2,520.82
GDP per capita: ($) 5,203.57 65,944.96
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.15 4.56
Inflation: (%) 3.72 3.4
Unemployment: (%) 0 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $1,260,342
Canadian imports from country: $1,924,741
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner-designate Caroline Delany (Maputo)

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Eswatini
Year Exports Imports
2017 $4,182,205 $1,582,832
2018 $2,961,195 $2,615,403
2019 $10,238,319 $1,656,638
2020 $1,839,714 $5,005,397
2021 $1,260,342 $1,924,741
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Eswatini
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $
02 Veg. Prod. $179,769 $221,826
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $4,333 $99,121
05 Mineral Prod. $ $
06 Chemical Prod. $241,068 $393,218
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $80 $22,072
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $98
09 Wood Prod. $ $5,894
10 Paper Prod. $1,665 $1,556
11 Textiles Prod. $2,146 $5,850
12 Dress Access. $ $
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $ $123,748
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $29,860
15 Base Metal Prod. $10 $39,402
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $69,805 $381,036
17 Vehicles and Equip. $ $4,120
18 Specialized Inst. $682,205 $567,076
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $9,312 $29,705
21 Antiques $ $112


May 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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