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Rich-in-fish Namibia to trade with rich-in-sugar Swaziland

Namibia and Swaziland are in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will ultimately lead to the two countries trading in fish and sugar, APA can report on Friday.During King Mswati III’s tour of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) on Thursday and Friday, cabinet ministers from the two countries held a meeting to look into specific areas of trade.

Swaziland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze was said to have cited the fact that Namibia has a port, whereas Swaziland has rail, and pointed out that there was need to link the two to facilitate the movement of goods.

“Swaziland has sugar, but needs fish and Namibia has fish, but needs sugar. So we need to see how we can enhance trade.

“In 2014, we drafted a memorandum of understanding, now we need to look at how we can sign those MoUs so that we ease any trade barriers, such as logistics to transport goods between Swaziland and Namibia,” he reportedly said.

The minister would not commit to dates, saying they were tying a few loose ends and going through the fine print of the MoUs before the two parties append their signatures.

The King and his entourage returned to Swaziland on Friday evening, after visiting South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

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