Canada and Swaziland have maintained diplomatic relations since the Kingdom of Swaziland gained its independence in 1968. Relations are based largely on Commonwealth ties. Canada is represented in Swaziland via our High Commission in Maputo, Mozambique. Swaziland manages its relations with Canada from Washington, D.C.
Canada continues to assess how it can play a more active role in encouraging reform in Swaziland to strengthen the rule of law and to establish a constitutional environment that respects human rights and fosters democratic development, in addition to addressing the serious challenges of poverty and disease that country is currently facing.
Canadians show their solidarity with the people of Swaziland in various ways. In addition to several Canadian civil society initiatives, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), managed in Maputo, Mozambique, supports local Swazi initiatives that promote good governance and human rights while addressing the cross-cutting implications of the severe HIV AIDS pandemic in Swaziland. In addition, through CIDA's Partnerships with Canadian NGOs , the Government of Canada also supports several initiatives including literacy for the visually impaired; institutional capacity-building in the area of HIV/AIDS and food security; vocational training in hospitality and tourism; as well as the promotion of sports for development.
Canada-Swaziland economic, investment, and trade relations are modest. According to Statistics Canada, bilateral merchandise trade reached $3.3 million in 2010, with Canadian exports to Swaziland worth $1.6 million and Canadian imports totalling $1.7 million. Canadian exports to Swaziland usually comprise of pharmaceutical products, machinery, cereals, cosmetics and perfumery. Canadian imports from Swaziland mainly consist of woven and knit apparel. The Kingdom is working hard to attract investment in the area of tourism and mining.
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