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By Calsile Masilela -THE SWAZI OBSERVER-01-Sep-2009

HIS Majesty King Mswati III says it is encouraging to note that year after year, there was a growth in the number of women exhibitors at the trade fair.

“This year’s International Trade Fair coincides with women’s month and in our case it is encouraging that year after year we witness an impressive growth in the number of women - not only as spectators – but as exhibitors of note. this is encouraging because women play an important role in the development efforts of our countries and to empower women is to empower the whole nation,” said the King when He officially opened the 2009 Swaziland International Trade Fair on Saturday in Manzini.

He said the same goes for youth participation as the kingdom of Swaziland prides itself with programmes aimed at youth empowerment such as the youth development fund. The King said this initiative, among others, encourages young people to actively participate in programmes aimed at taking the country forward, in terms of entrepreneurship and skills development.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank and congratulate government for the impressive programme and amount of hard work put in this year’s International Trade Fair. I have been assured that in the various stands we will find highly impressive, quality products on display,” he said.

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