At the Presentation of the Minerva Research on Arts and Culture in the Kingdom of Eswatini

Saturday 19 January 2019

Your Excellency Ambassador of the EU,

Minerva management and staff,

Members of the media,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I greet you all.

It is my pleasure to join you here today for the presentation of the research study: “Arts and Culture in the Kingdom of Eswatini.”

I am excited to be here to experience the presentation of this study’s findings, which will no doubt help in the development and progression of our country’s arts and culture industry. 

As we all know, our country is currently faced with economic challenges which should motivate all of us to work together in finding different ways to make the situation better. Arts and culture is one industry we can certainly develop and take to greater heights which will in turn improve the lives of many EmaSwati.

For us to do that well, we need scientific studies which will guide our approach. This is why this study is important and for that I would like to extend my gratitude to Minerva and the European Union for undertaking this hugely important project.

We now live in a world in which for any project to be successful, proper research should be done first. It is my sincere hope that the study’s findings will contribute immensely to the development of the arts and culture industry in our beautiful Kingdom.

We have seen already that Eswatini is littered with huge talent in the arts and this talent cannot go to waste. I also implore all stakeholders to work together and give serious thought to the findings of this study.

As I conclude, I would like, once more, to thank and congratulate Minerva and the EU on this undertaking, which will no doubt give us a clearer picture of our arts and culture industry.

Thank you.

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