France and Swaziland

Political relations and visits

France’s political relations with Eswatini are good but limited. The King made an official visit to Paris in 1999 and took part in the Africa-France Summits in Cannes (February 2007) and Nice (June 2010). Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini represented the King at the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa held in December 2013. The Prime Minister attended the Bamako Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence in mid-January 2017.

Eswatini is represented in France by its Embassy in Brussels.

Economic relations

The agrifood (sugar cane in particular), renewable energy and mining (oil, gold and diamonds) sectors may all be of interest to our companies.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Although limited, our bilateral action is appreciated. Our activities are managed by our Ambassador in Maputo and implemented locally by the Mbabane Alliance Française branch, the director of which is traditionally accredited by the country’s authorities as Honorary Consul of France. The Alliance Française is active in the linguistic and cultural fields.

Multilaterally, France is conducting significant action through the European Development Fund (EDF), and it is financing 17.8% of the 11ᵗʰ EDF, as well as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to which France, with $9.7 million in 2013, is the second-largest contributor behind the United States. Furthermore, with proceeds from its air-ticket levy, France provides annual funding of €190 million to UNITAID.

Updated: 23 November 2018