Japan-Eswatini Summit Meeting
August 31, 2019
On August 31, for about 20 minutes, from 9:45 a.m., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Prime Minister Dlamini participated in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held from August 28 to 30.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan wishes to take the opportunity of TICAD7, which aims to promote business, to cooperate with Eswatini with a view to promoting Japanese companies’ entry into Southern Africa. In response, Prime Minister Dlamini stated, “I am grateful for Japan’s warm welcome. Eswatini hopes to strengthen its partnership with Japan.” Prime Minister Dlamini also offered his congratulations on His Majesty the Emperor's enthronement.
- Following that, Prime Minister Abe stated Japan’s intention to further strengthen trade and investment relations between the two countries, and to support agriculture in Eswatini through the recently signed grant aid “The Economic and Social Development Programme.” Prime Minister Abe also noted that Japan will support efforts of Eswatini to develop the human resource of the country. In response, Prime Minister Dlamini expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support in measures against drought and in the fields of agriculture and health. Prime Minister Dlamini also stated that he wishes to further promote trade and investment between the two countries including in the fields of coal and steel.
- The two leaders also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform, and the North Korea situation.