Better equipping personnel relevant for delivery of developmental mandate - Mr. Msibi: Page 2 of 9

  1. You will by now be well aware that the Chairmanship of the SADC Regional Economic Block was this year taken over by Swaziland in August 2016 during at the 36 th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of States and Governments.  Likewise, even the Chairmanship of the SADC Council of Ministers of Finance has been assumed by our own Minister of Finance here in Swaziland to steer forward among other responsibilities, the development finance movement.


  1. On a personal note I also feel deeply honoured and humbled to have assumed the Chairmanship of the SADC DFI Network having officially taken over this responsibility early this year in 2017. I pledge my full commitment to the activities of the SADC DFI Network for the next two years whilst serving in the Chairmanship position. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate the outgoing Chairman of the Network, Mr. Patrick Dlamini, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for his illustrious leadership and developmental acumen over the last two years and it has been an honour and a rewarding experience for me to have served as his vice chairman during his tenure spanning two years up to end of 2016.


  1. I also commend the SADC DFRC Secretariat for their commitment in building a sound skills base; body knowledge and expertise among regional DFIs through the technical training being offered which will ultimately lead to maximum effectiveness in the delivery of development to our respective nations.


  1. Turning to the workshops for this week and next week, we all know that hosting such international training events bring about immense benefits for the host country. I therefore encourage the visitors to take some time to visit the various places of interest in the Kingdom of Swaziland.  Just nearby you will find one of the biggest handicraft market in Swaziland; the Mantenga water falls; the national cultural village and you are right in between the two biggest cities in Swaziland namely the capital