Tuesday 2019-09-17




By Bahle Gama | 2019-09-12

The Kingdom of Eswatini has been elected Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) Bureau.

This was announced during the 25th ICSOE Session held at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre, which began on Tuesday and ends on Friday.

Eswatini takes over from Mauritius and had been holding the position of Deputy Chair in the previous ICSOE.


During Tuesday’s elections, the Kingdom was nominated by the Republic of South Africa and the nomination received unanimous support from delegates.

During the same election, Lesotho was elected Vice Chair while Malawi was made Rapporteur. All three countries will serve for a period of one year, after which a new Bureau will be elected.

The 25th ICSOE is attended by SADC and COMESA Member States; including Botswana, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho and Angola, amongst others. Also in attendance were stakeholders in industrialisation, regional integration, trade and Micro Small Medium Enterprises from SADC member States, representatives of SADC and COMESA Secretariats, private sector representatives, Civil Society Organisations as well as academic and research institutions.  The session was officially opened by Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini; during an event that was also attended by the SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA-SA) Director Said Adejumobi, United Nations Resident Coordinator Nathalie Ndongo-Seh and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Manqoba Khumalo, amongst other high profile delegates.


The theme of the meeting is ‘Strategies and Policies for the integration of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in the industrialisation process in Southern Africa’.

The Session focuses on how enterprises can be propped up, integrated and supported to anchor industrialisation and address development aspirations in Southern Africa. Building on the observations and proposals of 24th ICSOE, this Session will also proffer recommendations on national and regional level strategies and attendant policies to elevate and strengthen the contribution of MSMEs to industrialisation and socio-economic transformation in the region.

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