TFSA Export Training

TFSA works with producers in eSwatini to improve compliance and linkage to new markets

eSwatini economic profile

eSwatini is a landlocked country with close economic linkages to South Africa and is a member of the Common Monetary Area (CMA) with Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. Eswatini depends on South Africa for about 70% of its imports and 65% of exports, and fiscal revenues largely depend on Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenues.

The country’s recovery from COVID-19 pandemic remains uncertain and hinges on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, rollout of the vaccines and the pace of recovery of the global and regional economies, particularly that of South Africa. eSwatini is known for having arable land, and the government works with a number of partners to provide capacity building in crop and livestock production with the aim of increasing production, consumption and aggregate demand for external markets. (Source: The World Bank)

TFSA sector work in eSwatini

TFSA’s priority sectors in eSwatini include condiments and high value specialty foods, and fruits, nuts and vegetables. A significant number of producers are already exporting or near export ready, and employ a high number of women and rural workers. The sectors enjoy robust support from government and donors to increase output and competitiveness, and will benefit greatly from TFSA services to overcome trade barriers and grow export trade. In addition to improving compliance in export markets, TFSA also support the sectors with market linkage to in particular Southern African markets, as well as international markets of interest.

TFSA works closely with industry organisation Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT) in the condiments and high value specialty foods sector, and with NAMBOARD in the fruits, nuts and vegetables sector, to provide producers with the necessary skills and knowledge to grow their export trade.

Country representative

Terence Mabaso

Terence Mabaso holds a Masters in International Law and Economics from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Terence currently holds the Position of Manager Policy and Research at the Eswatini Competition Commission, some of his work experience includes Being the Local Team Leader on the Eswatini Trade Information Portal, as well as being a Research Fellow at Eswatini Economic Policy Analysis and Research Fellow.

Success Stories

“We need to gain a better understanding on the regulatory side in the green technology and renewables sector. It is critically important that we clarify the local regulatory framework and give investors the confidence and incentive to enter the South African market. The impact of us understanding that marketplace and the competencies of South African businesses means that we can increase our exports significantly.
Chiboni Evans, CEO South African Electronical Export Council (SAEEC)
“The fact that TFSA is very cognisant of gender is really a hugely exciting part of the programme. There is the prospect of real benefits to women in trade, including rural women. If this programme has an impact on alleviating poverty by bringing more women into the value chains, offering them a better lifestyle, then that is a massive positive effect.”
Duncan Bonnet, Director Market Access and Research, Africa House
This process we undertook with TFSA of looking at what is needed to enter the European market has been a real eye opener for us, it really helped us highlight where our gaps are in terms of compliance with regulations and standards. Now we have something constructive to work towards. Sally Paulet, Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa
Sally Paulet, Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa
“The aquaculture sector in Mozambique is very small and under-developed. TFSA is working with AMAQUA and other associations and organisations to put in some foundational blocks and build the value chain from there – none of this really exists, we pretty much have to build it all from scratch
Zerene Haddad, Social Impact Coordinator, Chicoa Fish Farm