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Celebrating Enduring Friendship, Advancing Sustainable Cooperation President Tsai Ing-wen leads delegation to the Kingdom of Eswatini

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Celebrating Enduring Friendship, Advancing Sustainable Cooperation President Tsai Ing-wen leads delegation to the Kingdom of Eswatini


The year of 2023 marks the 55th anniversary of the independence of the Kingdom of Eswatini, the 55th birthday of King Mswati III, and the 55th year of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Eswatini. President Tsai Ing-wen, at the invitation of King Mswati III, led a delegation to participate in the celebrations on September 6 to demonstrate the importance Taiwan places on its diplomatic allies, highlight the results of our bilateral cooperation, and deepen the bilateral relationship as well as the friendship between our respective leaders.

Taking as its theme Celebrating Enduring Friendship, Advancing Sustainable Cooperation, the trip marked the president's second visit to Eswatini, the first having been in 2018. While the main purpose of the visit was to attend the celebrations, President Tsai and King Mswati III witnessed the signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements. Among the principal members of the delegation were Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花), Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Minister Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青), Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), Deputy Secretary-General to the President Xavier Chang (張惇涵), and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roy Chun Lee (李淳), all of whom witnessed the close friendship and cooperation between Taiwan and Eswatini.

Itinerary (Local time)



During the visit, President Tsai received high-level courtesies from the Eswatini government. In addition to engaging in a comprehensive exchange of views on issues of mutual concern and cooperative projects, the two sides witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements. Moreover, Taiwan's friends across Africa recognized and affirmed our freedom and democracy and liberal economy, as well as the Taiwan model of cooperation with African countries, underpinned by steadfast diplomacy and mutual assistance for mutual benefit. The achievements of this visit can be summarized as follows:

President Tsai engaged in talks with King Mswati III, Queen Mother Ntfombi, and Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini. The Eswatini government designated Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Pholile Dlamini Shakantu to accompany President Tsai throughout the visit. Foreign Minister Thulisile Dladla and Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi also attended engagements with the delegation. President Tsai was the only foreign leader to deliver an address during the celebration on September 6, demonstrating that Taiwan's delegation was accorded the highest level of courtesy. This visit not only bolstered ties with the Eswatini government and the royal family, it also demonstrated to the people of Eswatini Taiwan's firm commitment to their country's development and effectively deepened and consolidated the diplomatic partnership between the two countries.


President Tsai visited an exhibition that showcased the achievements of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund's Capacity Building Project for Microfinance Ecosystem Focusing on Grassroots Women in Eswatini run by the Taiwan Technical Mission in Eswatini. Along with King Mswati III, the president also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on women's empowerment, which aims to show our commitment to helping women in rural areas gain economic independence. In addition, Taiwan's Overseas Investment Development Corporation signed a cooperation memorandum with the Eswatini National Petroleum Company to assist Eswatini in building a strategic oil reserve to better ensure Eswatini's energy security. The visit also resulted in expanded cooperation between the two countries at the local-government level as Taiwan's Kaohsiung City and Eswatini's capital Mbabane City signed a sister-city agreement which aims to strengthen exchanges on youth and education between the two cities to create a mutually beneficial situation.


In the five years since Taiwan launched the Africa Plan, it has opened new diplomatic missions in East and West Africa. Trade between Taiwan and Africa grew by nearly 70 percent, from US$4.65 billion in 2018 to US$7.81 billion in 2022. More than 100 parliamentarians and political figures from 11 countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Somaliland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – welcomed President Tsai on her second visit to Africa through joint statements, letters, and social media posts. This shows that many African countries value Taiwan's liberal democracy and economic achievements, as well as the "Taiwan model." It also demonstrates that the Africa Plan is yielding concrete results. In addition, President Tsai took the opportunity during the celebration and state banquet on September 6 to meet and talk with the king of Lesotho, former presidents of South Africa and Botswana, and South African tribal leaders to establish friendships that will benefit future relations with these countries.


President Tsai attended a welcome banquet held by representatives of the overseas community in Southern Africa. She extended greetings to overseas compatriots from Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa, and said she looked forward to continuing to hear their opinions on making the Africa Plan better meet their needs in the next stage. OCAC Minister Hsu announced at the banquet that the government had decided to dispatch an additional secretary to Nigeria to serve Taiwan's overseas community in West Africa, demonstrating the importance the government attaches to this group. The banquet once again united Taiwan's overseas community in Africa.

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